Jun 1, 2012 The Associated Press

G&F tranquilizes black bear

SHERIDAN -- Employees of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department tranquilized a black bear after it turned up near a car dealership on the south side of Sheridan.

Police blocked off the area Thursday morning.

Game and Fish personnel soon arrived and tranquilized the 170-pound male black bear.

Game and Fish spokesman Warren Mischke says the bear was doing well and would be released into the nearby Bighorn Mountains.

The bear was about 2 years old.

UW police chief takes new job

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee has selected the University of Wyoming's police chief to head the UT Police Department.

Troy Lane will take over the department in Knoxville on June 25. The 43-year-old Lane has headed Wyoming's campus police since 2007 and previously was assistant chief at Kansas State University.

Lane will earn $125,000 annually, the same salary as his predecessor. Lane said he accepted a few hours after being offered the job on Tuesday.

He described the UT job as a "pinnacle position" and said he plans on being at the university for a long time.

Lane emphasized community policing during community forums on campus last month and again Wednesday, saying cracking down on minor crimes helps head off more serious violations.

Fish spawning on track so far

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming wildlife officials say spawning of game fish in the state does not appear to have been affected by an unusually warm and early spring.

Mike Snigg, regional fisheries supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Laramie, says although ice and snow melted earlier than normal, Wyoming's elevation and cool nights have kept the spring spawn on the right track.

He says some fisheries biologists in the Midwest have reported seeing crappie exhibiting confused spawning behavior because of warm temperatures.

Water temperature and length of day are primary contributors to a fish's spawning schedule. But the early spring raised water temperatures so quickly in parts of the Midwest that it seemed to get the fish out of synch with the length of day.

Governor's exhibit opens this month

CHEYENNE -- The 12th Annual Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition will be held in the Hynds Building in downtown Cheyenne.

Wyoming State Museum art curator David L. Newell is organizing the show. He says the annual show has gotten too big to be held in the state museum.

The exhibition is a juried group show. It will feature 70 works this year from 53 Wyoming artists. All artwork in the show is for sale and sales benefit the purchase fund for the permanent art collection at the state museum.

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