First grizzly bears of spring spotted in Yellowstone National Park

A few grizzly bears have been spotted emerging from hibernation in Yellowstone National Park.

Spring is officially a few days away, but after a bearish winter, the first grizzly of the season has been spotted in Yellowstone National Park. 
Early Wednesday morning, March 15, a park employee observed a grizzly bear between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office. It is the first confirmed bear sighting this year, although bear tracks have been observed since February 22. Later in the morning, park staff saw two more grizzly bears scavenging carcasses in the northern part of the park.   
When bears emerge from hibernation they look for food and often feed on elk, bison and other animals that died over the winter. Sometimes, bears will react aggressively while feeding on carcasses. 
All of Yellowstone National Park and much of the surrounding area is bear country. Continue Reading →

Total solar eclipse to boost August tourism across Wyoming

Solar flares are visible in the sun's corona during a total solar eclipse. (NASA image)

 

CODY, WYO. — Late this summer, the stars will align for an event that is likely to result in one of the busiest tourist days in Wyoming history. Well, at least one star will align. A total solar eclipse will be visible Mon., Aug. 21 across a coast-to-coast swath of the U.S., and Wyoming is poised to host a major influx of visitors seeking the best vantage and weather for the rare celestial display. Continue Reading →

Former internee sees echoes of Heart Mountain in new travel restrictions

On Sunday, Sam Mihara will lead a discussion in Washington, D.C. about how a presidential order wreaked havoc for him and thousands of other people, making travel impossible, splitting up families, upending lives and sowing chaos amidst the careful plans and long-held dreams of a select group of people. But it won't be President Trump's Jan. 27 executive order that suspended travel from seven Muslim-majority countries that Mihara will focus on. He and others who were confined at the Heart Mountain internment center during World War II will discuss Executive Order 9066, signed 75 years ago by President Franklin Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942. Continue Reading →

State loan for Cody Labs advances, review continues

Lannett Co. CEO Arthur Bedrosian appears on the Fox Business program Mornings With Maria in 2015 to discuss his company's work in the generic pharmaceutical industry.

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board voted last week to approve an $11 million low-interest loan for pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer Cody Laboratories. The approval came despite an ongoing federal grand jury investigation of Cody Labs' parent company for possible antitrust violations. On the same day the State Loan and Investment Board approved the loan, new information was published by Forbes, detailing what it said was Lannett's 1,650 percent price hike for a generic anti-psychotic medication, as well as an ongoing dispute between Lannett CEO Arthur Bedrosian and the Internal Revenue Service, which claims Bedrosian owes more than $1 million in penalties and interest. Continue Reading →

Snow briefly closes east entrance to Yellowstone

Two motorists pause at a pull-out atop Sylvan Pass to discuss snowy road conditions Tuesday in Yellowstone National Park.

The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park was briefly closed Tuesday after steady snowfall Monday made travel over Sylvan Pass too hazardous. Several inches of snow accumulated along the 8,524-foot pass, and park officials closed the pass in the early morning hours of Tuesday until about mid-day.The road between Cody, Wyo. and Fishing Bridge was re-opened around 11 a.m., and traffic was moving smoothly over the pass early Tuesday afternoon, despite continuing snowfall. Continue Reading →

Cody Labs’ parent company draws scrutiny for ‘staggering price increases’

Lannett Co. CEO Arthur Bedrosian appears on the Fox Business program Mornings With Maria in 2015 to discuss his company's work in the generic pharmaceutical industry.

As the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board prepares to meet Thursday to consider a proposed $9.87 million low-interest loan for pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer Cody Laboratories, the applicant's parent company finds itself at the center of a growing national backlash over spiraling prescription drug prices. Cody Labs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Lannett Co., a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer founded in 1942 and valued at nearly $1 billion. Lannett has hiked prices on some of its key products by more than 800 percent in recent years. Continue Reading →

Limited oversight in Cody Labs loan review

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board votes Thursday on a proposed $9.87 million low-interest loan for pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer Cody Laboratories, a move proponents say will help create dozens of new jobs and generate more than $4 million in state and local taxes over 11 years. But two other companies are vying for limited funds from the same state loan program, and the vote comes as Cody Labs' parent corporation faces growing scrutiny over its generic prescription drug pricing. Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. has increased prices on some of its key generic drug products by more than 800 percent in recent years. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone River reopens after deadly parasite killed thousands of fish

Montana wildlife officials on Friday reopened a 17-mile section of the Yellowstone River to fishing and other recreational activities, ending a month-long closure prompted by the spread of an aquatic parasite that had killed thousands of fish. The section of river upstream from the small tourist town of Livingston was the last to be reopened after an August 19 order closed 183 miles (295 km) of the river from Gardiner, near the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, stretching downstream to Laurel. Continue Reading →

Veteran Yellowstone birder leads Hayden Valley Hawk Watch

A rough legged hawk takes flight east of Yellowstone National Park.

Throughout the summer, thousands of visitors come to Yellowstone National Park to catch a glimpse of awe-inspiring predators like grizzly bears and gray wolves. But during the fall, there's a different group of apex predators who travel through Yellowstone in search of prey. They often strike without warning, and sometimes go unseen until the fatal moment. Migratory raptors like hawks are a familiar sight in the park at this time of year, and visitors have a rare chance to learn about raptors from an expert, while also helping track birds of prey as part of a citizen science effort that could inform management decisions in Yellowstone. Continue Reading →