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WOMEN HUNTERS-WYOMING

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department numbers show that the number of female hunters in the state rose from 11,189 to 14,770 between 2008 and 2016.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that the number of male hunters in the state stayed relatively steady during the same eight-year span, decreasing from 64,649 to 64,371.

Kathryn Boswell, hunter and angler participation coordinator for Wyoming Game and Fish, said she doesn't have hard data explaining the increase in women hunters. But she said there is camaraderie that comes with hunting. She says it' something families can do together to put organic meant on the table.

SCIENCE EDUCATION

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A legislative committee is recommending a change in Wyoming law to allow high school students to take computer science in place of one of the three science classes currently required for graduation.

Republican Rep. Albert Sommers, of Pinedale, says students also could choose to take computer science in place of a higher math requirement for the Hathaway Success Curriculum.

Sommers says the Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration also is recommending the addition of computational thinking to replace keyboarding in the state's common core of skills.

He tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the recommendation is expected to be proposed to the full Legislature when it meets next year.

PARK VOYEUR

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 21-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to videoing girls in a park bathroom.

Gabriel L. Carlson, of Gillette, pleaded guilty to voyeurism, which carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

The Gillette News Record reports Carlson is scheduled to be sentenced by District Judge Thomas W. Rumpke on Jan. 2.

Carlson's guilty plea is part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to drop other charges.

Carlson was arrested after he was seen by a 10-year-old girl holding his cellphone over the stall at a women's restroom at a Gillette park on May 5.

Carlson had been convicted last April of another charge of voyeurism from December and was given a 180-day sentence with 179 days suspended and placed on six months of unsupervised probation.

JACKSON HOLE-ROADKILL

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife in Jackson Hole ended up in the deadly path of traffic in near-record numbers over the past year.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation wildlife-vehicle collision report released last week says 248 mule deer, 48 elk and 18 moose were claimed from May 2016 through April 2017.

The report states the overall count of 362 animals hit in Teton County outside the national parks exceeded the previous year's mark by 26 percent.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation Executive Director Jon Mobeck says the toll trails only 2010-11 in the record books.

LANDFILL WILDFIRE

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A total of 61 property owners filed claims with the city of Casper's insurance agency in relation to a wildfire that scorched rural Natrona County in 2015.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the deadline for filing property damage and destruction claims against the city's insurance was Oct. 11. The Wyoming Association of Risk Management will not accept any more reimbursement applications.

Association Executive Director Joe Constantino says the total dollar amount of the claims is not available to him. When asked who had access to that information, Constantino said the association's attorney, Jay Gilbertz.

Gilbertz did not respond to a voicemail left Friday.

The city and those who filed claims now must wait for Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking to decide whether the city is liable for the damage.

GRIZZLY RELOCATED

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has trapped and relocated a sub-adult female grizzly bear in the northwest part of the state.

Game managers say the bear was captured Oct. 17 for frequenting developed sites north of Cody.

The bear was relocated to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, about 25 miles northwest of Moran Junction. The release site is located in currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.