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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire deep in the Shoshone National Forest in central Wyoming is growing larger by the day. The Alpine Lake Fire made several significant runs on Monday, forcing the evacuation of an outfitter camp yesterday morning. No one was hurt. Crews are monitoring it, but aren’t fighting it because of the rugged and remote area where it is.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead’s wildlife policy adviser says he’s confident the state will meet its obligations under a wolf management plan. The federal government plans to announce the end to protections for the predators in Wyoming later this month and Steve Ferrell says the state’s plan will “maintain a sustainable population of wolves in Northwestern Wyoming.” The move promises to spark legal challenges from environmental groups.

HOQUIAM, Wash. (AP) — Regional railroad operator RailAmerica has told Port of Grays Harbor commissioners that it’s shelving plans to build a coal storage and export facility at the port’s Terminal 3 in Hoquiam, Wash. In recent months, projects have been proposed for a half dozen ports in Oregon and Washington to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to markets in Asia.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — National Elk Refuge biologist Eric Cole says he expects more bison will be roaming on the 100-year-old refuge today as hunting season opens than any other opener in history. Drought sapping natural forage in Grand Teton National Park has sent the animals into the refuge earlier this year. Cole says that also means the bison are consuming forage that the refuge is trying to conserve for critical winter months.

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