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Although a return to normalcy for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is impossible to predict, private businesses that lodge and feed millions of park visitors have penciled in reopening dates.

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Antler gatherers and the wardens who police them will no longer have to deal with the darkness as they set out on Wyoming’s shed hunting season.

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With COVID-19-related restrictions closing down national parks, the Bridger-Teton National Forest is now more than ever prized by cooped-up Jackson Hole residents needing fresh air and a stretch of the legs.

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Jack Bayles didn’t hesitate to beeline it for northern Grand Teton National Park when word had it that lumbering grizzly bear 679, a big male who goes by Bruno, was out of his den.

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With a good many normal activities and tourist destinations derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of the Interior is telling Americans to go play in the outdoors on their federal lands.

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Snow King plan meeting called off

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials have extended their deadline for comments on the environmental study of the possible historical, wildlife and recreational benefits and drawbacks of a proposed overhaul of Snow King Mountain.

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Going into the weekend, the Jackson Hole valley floor had been melting out for weeks, and sunny days with above-average temperatures had zapped a once 17-inch-deep March snowpack down to just 6 inches.

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are transitioning into the off-season and beginning to scrape a winter’s worth of snow off of interior roads.

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Potential bird rule rollback

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on a proposed rule that limits the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, exempting some industries that kill species protected under the act.

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As soon as this April, a scenic helicopter tour business could be authorized to pick clients up at Jackson Hole Airport and overfly places like the Gros Ventre and Jedediah Smith wilderness areas.

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Jackson Hole residents have another couple of weeks to weigh in on plans for the most sweeping changes to Snow King Mountain in the ski resort’s history.

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One idea that emerged was to punch out Teton Park Road all the way to Jenny or String Lake so that uphill skiers could more easily play up north in exchange for more expansive bighorn sheep closures farther south.

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Teton Valley game warden Rob Howe has a pretty good idea of what led to a moose calf dying slowly and painfully last weekend just south of Driggs, Idaho.

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On opening weekend for the 2018 rifle season for deer, hunters gathered along the Upper Hoback River, scouting, setting up camp, tracking quarry. Amid the bustle, smoke curled from a ridge Sept. 15 in the Roosevelt Meadows area.

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Shoshone to take bids

The Shoshone National Forest is looking to permit new outfitting and guiding services near the communities of Cody, Dubois and Lander.

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Eight trail restoration and reconstruction projects are being proposed on the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Jackson Ranger District this summer, including in places like Munger Mountain, Upper Cache Creek and Teton Pass.

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Numbers of wapiti drawn to the National Elk Refuge’s feed lines are up significantly this winter, with 8,095 animals counted during an assessment a week ago.

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In an effort to “strike while the fire is hot,” climate advocates are, for the third time in recent months, organizing a presentation on how the Jackson Hole community can reduce its carbon emissions.

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Wanted: BLM land consultant

Teton County has released a call for consultant assistance in determining and pursuing alternative ownership or management options for federal property along the Snake and Gros Ventre river corridors.

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The U.S. Secretary of the Interior directly intervened in an aerial goat cull underway in the Tetons last Friday, ordering Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail to “stand down.”

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and the chief of his wildlife department reached out to Grand Teton National Park at the last minute to try to stop contracted gunners from killing the Tetons’ nonnative mountain goats.

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Initially, just one adult lioness padding apace with a single kitten stepped into the frame of Jackson Hole resident Tiffany Smith’s Nest home security camera.

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Stargazing sets speakers

Wyoming Stargazing has announced its 2020 speaker series, “The World Above the Tetons.”