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In a state whose economy was built on mining, it’s appropriate that archaeologists have confirmed a red ocher mine in Platte County is the oldest mine in North and South America. The University of Wyoming announced the publication of an important archeological paper. In it, a long-standing hunch from a legendary Wyoming scientist has been…

Arachnophobes beware! Wyoming spider enthusiasts are elated by the sighting of a rare western spider that has never been “officially” seen in the state. The Facebook group Spiders of Wyoming is just that. Members post photos of the spiders they spot across the state for the delight of spider fans.Earlier this month, the group announced…

As part of the Endangered Species Act, grizzly bear populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are monitored by biologists from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST). IGBST will conduct its pre-baiting and trapping operations inside of Grand Teton National Park from May 1 to July 15th this year. Established in 1973, the IGBST monitors…

An international project digitizing important illustrations will also strengthen connections between the Buffalo Bill Center and the University of Wyoming. Researchers at the University of Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West have joined international colleagues in Wales in a new project to develop digital tools to analyze historical book illustrations to gain…

Yellowstone National Park shatters its September and year-to-date records, which raises questions on whether the park can handle such vast crowds. The record-breaking year at Yellowstone National Park continued into September. Last month’s numbers surpassed 2020’s, making September 2021 the busiest September in the park’s history. Yellowstone National Park hosted 882,078 recreation visits in September 2021…

Following a well-studied pattern, sage grouse leks were less busy in Spring 2021 – not unexpected and not necessarily a bad sign for Wyoming grouse populations. New data analyzed by Wyoming Game and Fish show the number of sage grouse at leks decreased in Spring 2021. Overall, lek attendance was down 13% from numbers observed…

In the ongoing effort to understand fisheries in northwest Wyoming, biologists are offering incentives for anglers to call in any tagged trout they catch. On Thursday, July 1, the lower portion of the North Fork of the Shoshone River and North Fork arm of Buffalo Bill Reservoir will be open to angling in Summer 2021.…

With contributions from the University of Wyoming, a new study suggests the world has entered a new age of wildfires – larger, stronger, and more frequent. Bryan Shuman, a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming, is a primary co-author of a recently published paper titled “Rocky Mountain Subalpine…

Whenever you start a new home project, perhaps you automatically go to the hardware or appliance store to get your supplies.  Walk around a little bit & you’re bound to run into the painting section (It happens almost every time, let’s be honest.)  Maybe you’re looking to repaint an accent wall or a child’s bedroom.…

For decades, mountain lions have been hunted in part because reducing their numbers will reduce their conflicts with humans and livestock. A new study suggests the exact opposite has happened. The study, which collected information from several decades across several states, analyzed the differences between 10 western states that permit cougar sport hunting and California,…


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