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Access to antler hunt entrance being closed down

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Bridger-Teton Jackson District Ranger Dale Deiter says new rules will be put in place to prevent a midnight antler rush across the Gros Ventre that caused chaos on the river last year, stranding hunters and causing the death of a horse.

Officials say rule changes were needed because hundreds of horn hunters roam around Jackson Hole each spring to comb the Bridger-Teton National Forest for shed antlers.

Last year amid the frenzy to access antlers recently shed by elk in Bridger-Teton National Forest a horse being ridden across the Gros Ventre River drowned, and a small aluminum boat carrying five people capsized.

According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Dieter says most other Bridger-Teton antler-gathering regulations are unchanged.


Biologists find new mule deer migration route

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Biologists say they are surprised after finding a new mule deer migration route leading to summer range in Grand Teton National Park that passes over the Teton Range.

The rough, rocky 45-mile route took a doe that was being tracked from Colter Bay summer grounds north to a Snake River crossing above Jackson Lake and then west across the northern Tetons near Mount Berry.

The deer ended up wintering not far from the Teton River southeast of Ashton, Idaho, and researchers want to know if more deer are using that route.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports long-range Migrations have are passing through the Teton Wilderness and Yellowstone toward winter grounds near the South and North Forks of the Shoshone River in the Bighorn Basin.


Woman settles lawsuit after being attacked at safe house

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A woman who was attacked by a man who broke into a safe house in western Wyoming and beat her up has settled a lawsuit against the group that runs it.

The woman said the security system was not activated and a door did not latch properly the night she was attacked.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Kristi Kemp settled her lawsuit against the Sublette County Sexual Assault Family Violence Task Force for an undisclosed amount of money.

Kemp asked for $3 million in damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and estimated loss of income.

A task force representative was not available for comment.


Bighorn ruling could have ramifications on Western grazing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognizing a connection between bighorn sheep die-offs and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep could have far-reaching ramifications on federal grazing allotments in the West.

The ruling earlier this month against domestic sheep producers upheld a lower court ruling in Idaho supporting a U.S. Forest Service decision to close grazing allotments to protect bighorns.

Laurie Rule of Advocates for the West says it's the first time a U.S. circuit court has ruled on disease transmission between the species and the decision could guide federal agencies or be used in future lawsuits.

The Idaho Wool Growers Association sued in 2012 contending the Forest Service illegally shut down 70 percent of sheep grazing in the Payette National Forest in western Idaho.


Teton County seeks $5 million grant for landfill closure

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Teton County is looking for state funding to help offset the cost of closing and capping a landfill.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the county is applying for a $5 million grant to cover about half of the cost of closing the Horsethief Canyon Landfill.

Commissioners had to rush to apply for newly re-approved state funding. Officials had about a month to create an application, which commissioners approved Tuesday.

Funding will be available in June if the grant is approved.

The landfill closure was mandated by the state after it was found that the dump was leeching toxins. The cost to prep and close the dump is estimated to be approximately $10.3 million.