CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A proposal to collect a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park is advancing through the Wyoming Legislature. The measure goes to the full Wyoming House for debate after unanimously passing a legislative committee Wednesday.
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A western Montana high school student is charged with intimidation and assault with a weapon after reportedly making numerous threats to "shoot up the school." Maclean William Kayser of Darby was charged Tuesday and his bail was set at $50,000. The 18-year-old has not entered a plea, but told investigators he was joking. However, he continued his threats after the Florida school shooting that left 17 dead.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who authorities say caused the death of a person while driving in the wrong direction and under the influence has pleaded guilty. The Missoulian reports 24-year-old Eduardo Lopez pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide while under the influence and 15 counts of felony criminal endangerment. According to court documents, Lopez drove into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90 outside Missoula in October.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - State wildlife officials are planning to study a bacterial infection found in elk by equipping a number of the animals in southwestern Montana with tracking collars. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is planning to use a helicopter to capture 100 female elk in the Lima Peaks and Tendoy Mountains so researchers can test the animals for brucellosis.
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