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Wyoming Digest

Aug 31, 2017 From wire reports

Ex-trooper appeals 2009 prison sentence

CASPER (AP) -- A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper has appealed the 15-year prison sentence he received in 2009.

50-year-old Franklin Ryle filed his appeal in U.S. District Court.

Ryle was sent to prison after pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of a Wal-Mart trucker he kidnapped in January 2009.

In the appeal, Ryle's attorney, Michael Stulken of Green River, contends that the appeal wasn't filed sooner because of a number of factors, including Ryle's initial attorneys failing to appeal the sentence, Ryle's incarceration far from family and a reduced mental state from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

More black-footed ferrets released

MEETEETSE (AP) -- Biologists have released 13 more black-footed ferrets on a Wyoming ranch where the slinky predators avoided extinction by being rediscovered more than 30 years ago.

The release happened Monday on the Pitchfork Ranch outside the small town of Meeteetse in northwestern Wyoming. Last year, game officials released 35 ferrets in the area.

The area is special for black-footed ferrets. Biologists were worried the animals had gone extinct until a dog on the Pitchfork Ranch brought one home in 1981.

Several of the area's remaining ferrets were rounded up and used in a captive-breeding program that has restored black-footed ferrets in Colorado, Montana and elsewhere in the western U.S.

Black-footed ferrets are nocturnal weasels that prey on prairie dogs and live in the rodents' colonies.

Suffering dogs removed from house

GLENROCK (AP) -- Authorities have removed 20 dogs from a Wyoming house after an animal control officer noticed them suffering from a variety of ailments, including dehydration and malnutrition.

The dogs were removed on Friday from Shye Ann Virgilio's at-home rescue. Virgilio was ticketed in June for cruelty to animals in relation to a similar incident.

She has not yet been charged in relation to the most recent case, but Glenrock Police Chief Tim Hurd said charges are pending.

Virgilio said she was overwhelmed by the number of animals she was caring for and other personal circumstances and had already planned to close the rescue.

She said the city's response was "probably a little extreme," but that she understood why they took the dogs.

Climbers rescued in separate incidents

MOOSE (AP) -- National Park Service rangers have rescued two injured climbers in separate incidents in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming over a three-day period.

On Monday, rangers were called about 10 a.m. that a climber was injured at the base of the Grand Teton Mountain.

A helicopter was used to extract 22-year-old Mounier Fizari, of Bountiful, Utah, who had fallen about 20 feet as he was climbing. Fizari treated at St. John's Medical Center in Jackson.

On Saturday, rangers were summoned at about 8:15 a.m. about a climber caught in a rock slide in Garnet Canyon.

They found 24-year old Cassie Grenier, of Jackson, pinned by boulders. Two of the climbing companions were not hurt.

She was taken to St. John's Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

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