May 30, 2013 The Associated Press

Snow closes high roads in Wyoming

CHEYENNE -- With just a couple of days left in May, heavy snow is still falling in some mountain areas.

In fact, snowy conditions forced the state Transportation Department to close stretches of high elevation highways north of Cody and in southern Wyoming. A small section of U.S. 212 near the Montana border was closed Thursday morning, along with a 40-mile section of Wyoming 130 over the Snowy Range west of Laramie.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Bighorn Mountain in northern Wyoming on Thursday. Four to 8 inches of snow is predicted in areas above 8,500 feet, especially in the Powder River and Granite mountain passes.

On Wednesday, nearly a foot of snow fell in parts of the Absaroka Mountains in northwest Wyoming. Rain fell in the lower elevations of much of the state.

Brucellosis seen in Bighorn range

POWELL -- Two elk have tested positive for brucellosis in the Bighorn Mountains.

However, no cattle in the same area have been found with the disease.

State Veterinarian Jim Logan is recommending a risk assessment of livestock and advised area livestock producers to conduct voluntary surveillance for brucellosis.

Elk arrive in the Bighorns from different locations, so Logan said he doesn't know how extensive the infection is.

Tim Woolley, of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, tells the Powell Tribune that the elk with brucellosis could have come from Montana, the Absaroka Mountains or from the Thermopolis area.

Woolley says Game and Fish wants to obtain more information before arriving at any conclusions.

New fishing regs in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Anglers should be aware of some new fishing regulations at Yellowstone National Park that aim to help protect native fish species.

The limit on non-native fish caught in the park's Native Trout Conservation Area has been eliminated. This includes all park waters except the Madison and Firehole rivers, the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, and Lewis and Shoshone lakes.

Rainbow or brook trout caught in the Lamar River drainage must be harvested in order to protect native cutthroat trout in the headwater reaches of the drainage. This includes Slough (slew) and Soda Butte Creeks.

Anglers are also reminded that all lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake must be killed to help cutthroat trout restoration efforts.

All native fish including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling must be released unharmed.

State: Leave animals alone

SHERIDAN -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging people who find young animals in the wild this spring to leave them alone.

The department says many wild animal mothers hide their young and periodically return to them to nurse. People who find the young animals should never assume that the newborns have been abandoned.

State and federal laws forbid possession of game animals and it's illegal to take newborn wildlife.

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