Top Ten Stories of 2018: Numbers 6-3

Hunters geared up for a monumental hunt for the first time in nearly 30 years, but a Montana federal district court judge restored protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

A majority of our state leaders including Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, Representative Liz Cheney, and Governor Matt Mead believed grizzly bear numbers recovered.

About 50 million dollars were spent for the recovery and management of grizzly bears, and Governor Mead says they exceeded every scientifically established recovery criteria, and numbers exceed more than 700 today.

The Chief Joseph Highway slid about eleven feet, and WYDOT crews had to begin constructing a small mountain of dirt. Through this process one of the dump trucks hit another, and sent it crashing through the forest, and off the cliff. It hit the creek bottom hundreds of feet below, and 26 year old Ronald Frankenbery of Cody died.
A chinook helicopter had to carry pieces of the truck out because it was so massive.
Individually, the tires weighed nine thousand pounds.
Helicopters were airborne often in Northwest Wyoming as fires burned within the Bridger-Teton National Forest burning more than 68,000 acres. The Marten Creek and Roosevelt fires were both human caused and began September 15th and 16th. Both were declared extinguished in November.

Finally, a bizzare moment in Yellowstone National Park as an Oregon man was sentenced to one hundred thirty days in jail for taunting a bison, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
Fifty five year old Raymond Reinke was arrested in August after video surfaced nationally of the incident where he waves his arms and runs toward a bison.
Prosecutors charged him with disturbing wildlife in the park, and carrying an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.
Reinke said him and his friend were on a "last hurrah" trip before he entered alcohol treatment.
Reinke pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail for harassing wildlife, 60 days for interfering with law enforcement, and 10 days for disorderly conduct.