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Badass Mama Grizzly Bear Stands Up To Pack Of Wolves Harassing Her Cubs

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This mother grizzly bear and her 2 cubs of the year were harassed and chased off by some members of the Junction Butte pack! Luckily the bears got away safely and there were no fatalities. This is one of the most epic bear/wolf interactions I’ve ever seen. Epic day in Yellowstone, as usual. Taken by Taylor Bland 🐻🐺

Posted by Yellowstone Wolf Tracker on Thursday, 6 August 2020

Whenever there’s a bear story, chances are we’re on the bear’s side.

That’s because the bear usually seems to be the victim of something stupid that a human does.

Bears don’t like to be surprised.  But time and time again this summer, bears have reacted instinctively because humans surprised them.

Then, many times, humans kill the bears because of mistakes humans made.

As an example, somebody leaves food out at a campsite. A bear gets used to grazing on that food. If the behavior continues (and why wouldn’t it), then wildlife agencies put down the bear.

Thankfully, in this story, there are no stupid humans. 

Taylor Bland is a wildlife guide at Yellowstone Wolf Tracker. The company describes itself as a “wildlife adventure company.”

The company explains that their speciality is wolf and bear-watching.  Because all of their guides are experienced wildlife biologists, chances are they won’t be the subject of a bear mauling — which is a nice bonus for 2020.

Bland was out on a safari in Yellowstone where she filmed what she called “the most epic bear-wolf interaction [she’s] ever seen.”

It is magnificent footage and we can’t help root for the mama grizzly bear as the pack of wolves seem intent making one of her cubs their prey.

Thankfully, the grizzly won and her cubs were safe. As a nice bonus, nothing happened to the wolves either.

“Epic day in Yellowstone, as usual,” Bland writes.

This mother grizzly bear and her 2 cubs of the year were harassed and chased off by some members of the Junction Butte pack! Luckily the bears got away safely and there were no fatalities. This is one of the most epic bear/wolf interactions I’ve ever seen. Epic day in Yellowstone, as usual. Taken by Taylor Bland 🐻🐺

Posted by Yellowstone Wolf Tracker on Thursday, 6 August 2020

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Uinta County Authorities Investigating Arrow Shoved Down Puppy’s Throat

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Uinta County authorities are investigating an incident in which an arrow was shoved down a puppy’s throat last week.

According to Uinta County Law Enforcement Services’ Facebook page, a border doodle puppy named Milly wandered away from her family for a short time in Lyman on Aug. 6.

While she was gone, an arrow was shoved down the dog’s throat, injuring her “very badly,” but there was no indication the puppy died.

Crime Stoppers and the family are offering cash rewards for information regarding the incident. Information can be submitted by calling 307-787-6500.

This is the second time Wyoming pets have made headlines recently. The first was when Sublette County authorities reported a string of pet shootings in the area back in July.

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Parents Accidentally Abandon Child On Interstate 80

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It was kind of like the movie “Home Alone.”

The parents think all of the children are on board for a vacation until they find out that their youngest was left home, well, alone.

Similar situation for a Rock Springs couple over the weekend.

The parents of a 9-year-old were driving in separate vehicles when one of them experienced a flat-tire.

They fixed the tire, got back in their vehicles, and took-off.

Only problem was, each parent thought the child was with the other parent. Instead, he was left out on Interstate 80 by himself.

If it were like movies, the “wet bandits” would have attempted to pick him up before getting blowtorched or hit in the face with an iron.

Instead, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported a passing motorist saw the child, picked him up, and took him to the Green River Police Department.

“Troopers were able to safely reunite the child with his family after determining there were no underlying suspicious circumstances,” the Highway Patrol said in a release.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of the Green River Police Department, responding troopers, and the act of the good Samaritans who stopped when they saw the young boy on the side of the road, this situation ended well,” they said.

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Wyoming Officials Request Early Presidential Debate In Wyoming

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Three of Wyoming’s top elected officials are recommending that Wyoming host an early presidential debate.

Gov. Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Treasurer Curt Meier, in a joint letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, suggested a debate be held in early September in Wyoming.

The letter said given the disruptions to this year’s election season, a debate should be held before the first one is now scheduled to be held on Sept. 29.

“We must give voters a fair chance in an already unprecedented election, and I ask that you consider adding an additional, earlier debate in Wyoming this September,” the letter said. “This monumental election will determine the very future of our nation. The least we can do is equip voters with the facts necessary to aid them in electing the next president of the United States.”

The letter did not specify why Wyoming would be a good site for a presidential debate, but it did note that Wyoming’s early voting period will begin 11 days before the Sept. 29 debate.

“Wyomingites who vote early deserve the same opportunity afforded to other states to hear the two competing visions for our country and make a well-informed decision when casting their vote at the ballot box — especially when one candidate has spent the duration of the campaign avoiding voters and questions from the press,” it said.

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Wyoming Officials Dedicate Malcolm Wallop Park In Sheridan

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily. Photo: Courtesy, Rob Wallace

Rob Wallace spent many years working with the late U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop.

As Wallace would say, he had a front-row view of Wallop’s career as a national figure, working with the late senator during his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, from 1977 to 1995. Wallop was an influential figure, both in Wyoming and the rest of the nation.

But it was his home in Sheridan County where Wallop was truly happiest, so it made sense for the city of Sheridan to rename a park in his honor.

Last week, the city held a dedication ceremony for the park, with Wallace, U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi and former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson speaking at the event.

Wallace was the keynote speaker and focused on highlights of Wallop’s career, particularly the Wallop-Breaux Act, the Strategic Defense Initiative and other moments from Wallop’s political tenure.

“If you look at Malcolm’s career, he wasn’t the type of guy to go out and naturally promote himself, even after he left office,” Wallace told Cowboy State Daily. “But he had so many consequential initiatives he was responsible for. We wanted to go back to Sheridan County and remind them what a figure he was.”

Wallop died in 2011 at the age of 78.

Wallace said that while working on Wallop’s staff, he was awed by the late senator’s ability to empower people.

“The former president of the Boston Celtics, a chief justice on the Wyoming Supreme Court, a kid who ended up on the cover of Time magazine are just a few of the people that Malcolm helped empower,” Wallace said. “There’s a Thomas Edison quote, ‘Vision without execution is just hallucination.’ Malcolm was the type of execute his ideas.”

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Gordon: UW Students Could Receive CARES Funds Due To COVID Impact

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

University of Wyoming students could receive up to $3,250 in federal coronavirus relief funds to help pay their school expenses in the fall semester, Gov. Mark Gordon announced in a news release Friday.

Gordon has approved $20 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security funding to launch a new program for university students affected by the coronavirus. The CARES Wyoming College Grant Program will help stimulate the state’s economy by supporting Wyoming’s workforce through increased student retention and completion at UW, the state’s only public, four-year research university, the release said.

“In this challenging time, it could not be more important that we invest in Wyoming’s future by investing in our college students,” Gordon said in the release. “Students who pause their college education often never return to campus. This is an opportunity to help ensure Wyoming students are able to continue pursuing their educational goals.”

To participate in the program, UW students must be U.S. citizens and have been impacted financially by the coronavirus.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate level students, including both resident and non-resident students, will receive up to $3,250 for the fall semester.

For part-time students, the funding will be prorated according to the number of enrolled hours and all funding will be distributed some time this fall.

All current and new UW students are eligible. The deadline for new students to apply for admission to UW and secure additional funding for the fall semester is Aug. 21.

Students who are already enrolled and qualify for the CARES Wyoming College Grant Program funding must apply for these funds on or before Dec. 1.

The university is setting up an online interactive tool for students to determine whether they are eligible to receive funding. Beginning Monday, Aug. 10, full details and application information will be available at

UW’s fall semester begins Aug. 24, with a mixture of in-person and online courses.

“This plan will help sustain and even grow Wyoming’s talented workforce, critical to the economic future we need after the current financial difficulties,” UW President Ed Seidel said in the release. “Fortunately, we know the character of our Cowboys. Their grit and resilience and determination mean they have what it takes to get back on track, individually and as a university.

“Postsecondary certificate and degree attainment is one of the most critical factors that will assist in the robust and timely economic recovery of Wyoming after the COVID-19 health emergency is over or adequately mitigated,” Seidel added.

While UW has an existing program that awards federal, state and private financial aid to its students, this new round of funding will be awarded in a different manner.

CARES Wyoming College Grant Program funding will be distributed as “last-dollar-in” financial aid, after Hathaway merit or need-based aid, Pell grant funds or any other scholarships or grants.

The awards will help cover expenses other than tuition and fees, such as housing and meals, as the pandemic has eroded housing and food security of UW students, the release said. Recipients must commit to comply with UW’s policies to limit the spread of the virus.

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Dead Man Found; Search For Missing Boy Continues In Sweetwater County

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sweetwater County authorities are searching for a missing boy after he and his father disappeared from their campsite over the weekend.

While the body of a man was found in Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Saturday, he has not been identified as the father of the 7-year-old boy who authorities continue to search for.

According to a news release posted to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, authorities responded to a report of a missing man and child on Friday evening. The two were reported missing from an area of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Deputies learned that a 34-year-old Rock Springs man and his seven-year-old son were last seen leaving their campsite in an all-terrain vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. A witness reported the two never returned.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, an oil slick and debris were found floating on the surface of the water below a 200-ft. cliff.

Later in the day, divers located and recovered a submerged ATV in the immediate area of the surface debris. Deputies also recovered the body of the adult male from inside the vehicle.

However, the boy remains missing and search efforts continue. The identities of the boy and man are being withheld for the time being.

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Huge Crowd Attends Opening Of National Military Museum In Dubois

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Posted by David Miller on Sunday, 9 August 2020

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By Bill Sniffin. Photos/Video by David Miller, Cynthia Starks, Neversweat Photography

Huge crowds attended the opening of the $100 million National Museum of Military Vehicles in Dubois this past weekend.

Holding what founder Dan Starks called a soft opening, large crowds visited the gigantic facility for free over the first three days it was open.

“The experience has been very gratifying,” Starks said. “We have had lots of tears, guests getting choked up, and lots of appreciation.”

“We have 100 parking spaces in our lot and ran out of parking space,” he said.

The 140,000 square foot complex — which was self-funded by Starks and his family — holds more than 200 military vehicles with expansive exhibits that tells the stories of the military campaigns that featured these vehicles.

Starks said the facility has three goals:

— To honor the service and sacrifice of millions of Americans.

— To preserve the history of what happened during these wars.

— To provide an educational experience.

The vast array of vehicles goes beyond the killing machines of tanks, artillery, and flamethrowers.  It also includes dozens of the machines that made the wars winnable.

Starks likes to discuss how the Red Ball Express helped secure the victories. This was the supply chain that seemed to provide endless amounts of food, ammo, and war machines as Allied troops marched toward victory.

He said he wanted to show how America was able to convert its massive manufacturing expertise to enable the Allies to fight two different wars in different parts of the world and win both in just three and a half years. 

Near the middle of the building’s interior is an amazing vault, unlike anything west of the Smithsonian. It will hold his $10 million collection of historical weapons, including a rifle fired at Custer’s Last Stand and a pistol used by General Pershing in World War I.

The collection includes 270 Winchester rifles. The vault has a safe door that would look just right at the national mint.

The facility will have meeting rooms and members of the Wyoming legislature are convening there in October.

It also has the Chance Phelps Theatre, named for the brave Dubois Marine who died April 9, 2004 in Iraq.  The movie Taking Chance was about that soldier.

There will be large library with one of the world’s largest collections of manuals and other information about military vehicles.

Admission is $15 for adults and free for all veterans. Under 18 is $10. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It is located eight miles south of Dubois of U. S. Highways 287/26.

Face masks and social distancing is required of visitors.

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35 New Wyoming Coronavirus Cases; 559Active

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Editor’s Note: This is a map of the active coronavirus cases in each county across Wyoming. The number of active cases is determined by subtracting the total number of recoveries seen since the illness first reached Wyoming in mid-March from the total number of confirmed and probable cases diagnosed during the same time period and taking into account deaths related to the disease.

559 Active Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Sunday

After several days of declines, the number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming went up by 34 on Sunday with new cases reported in 14 counties.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 35 new confirmed cases were detected in Wyoming on Sunday, pushing the number of active cases up to 559.

Laramie County had 91 active cases; Fremont had 90; Carbon had 65; Park had 45; Teton had 43; Uinta had 42; Albany and Washakie counties had 32; Sheridan had 23; Natrona had 18; Goshen and Lincoln had 17; Campbell had 15; Sweetwater had 13; Hot Springs and Sublette counties had five; Big Horn had three; Converse had two, and Johnson had one.

Crook, Niobrara, Platte and Weston counties had no active cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases seen since the disease was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March went up by 35 on Sunday to total 2,533, while the number of probable cases seen during the same time period went up by two to total 517.

Fourteen counties reported new confirmed cases Sunday: Big Horn, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta and Washakie. Washakie saw the biggest increase with seven new cases.

The number of people to recover from coronavirus since March went up by three Sunday to total 2,465, including 2,043 recoveries among those with confirmed cases and 422 among those with probable cases.

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Wyoming Legislators Host Lunch For Disabled Vets at Devils Tower

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Crook County legislators Ogden Driskill and Tyler Lindholm on Friday hosted lunch for a group of 20-plus disabled veterans who were on their way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The bikers were riding from Utah to Sturgis and were affiliated with the Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) group — a nonprofit organization that provides programs specifically designed to assist wounded and amputee combat veterans.

“As a veteran myself, I’m a big supporter of fellow veterans,” Lindholm said. “It is always good to lend a helping hand to some fellow and brothers in arms.”

Lindholm, R-Sundance, said the group had lunch at the KOA Campground and then toured the Devils Tower monument.

“They were in great spirits. It was a great honor for me to spend time with them,” he said.

Driskill, R-Devils Tower, who owns the KOA Campground, said he and Lindholm volunteered to sponsor the lunch when he heard the veterans were going to be riding through.

“We love vets and combat-wounded vets are in a special category of their own,” Driskill said.  “Our country is here because of them.”

The senator said the lunchtime discussion was focused on their bikes, the travels they made so far, and the upcoming celebration at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“It sure makes you feel good to do something for these people,” he said. “They were excited to be here in Wyoming and they looked forward get to being in Sturgis for a full week.”

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