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Jun 16, 2017 - From wire reports

Runaway truck net halts bus

JACKSON (AP) -- A bus driver has proved that a runaway truck system on a highway in western Wyoming works as intended.

Andrew Williams of Jackson says the newly installed system saved his life when he lost all ability to brake on Teton Pass recently.

Williams says his brakes failed and his emergency brake snapped, forcing him to steer into a guardrail to slow down.

He then drove into a series of nets designed to stop runaway trucks on the steep pass.

Only one of the eight nets was needed to stop the bus. Williams wasn't hurt, and his bus had little damage.

The system became operational in March.

Earthquake swarm in Yellowstone

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS (AP) -- A swarm of earthquakes in the northwestern part of Yellowstone National Park this week continued into Friday and was punctuated with a magnitude 4.4 quake Thursday evening.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 6:48 p.m., in a backcountry area of Yellowstone National Park, about 8 miles (12.8 kilometers) northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana. The swarm of about 30 earthquakes of magnitude 2 and larger began Monday.

The West Yellowstone Police Department says the earthquake was felt in the town that borders the park, but there were no reports of damage.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations said the quake was part of "an energetic sequence" of about 30 earthquakes magnitude 2 and larger in the area. Thursday's quake was the largest to occur in Yellowstone since a 4.8 magnitude quake in March 2014.

Mountain lion sightings in Laramie

LARAMIE (AP) -- A mountain lion spotted near a day care caused a stir in a Wyoming college town.

Police got seven or so calls about a mountain lion Wednesday in Laramie. Wildlife officials say they can't confirm the sightings.

Police looked for the mountain lion for an hour and a half without finding it.

But game warden Bill Brinegar said it's not rare to see a mountain lion or bear within the city limits. He says the Laramie River running through town is a wildlife migration corridor.

He says there are few deer in town, and a mountain lion has little reason to stay long.

Coalition seeks ban on cyanide traps

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A coalition of environmental groups has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking for a Wyoming statewide ban on cyanide traps being used to kill coyotes.

The animal rights and conservation groups petitioned Tuesday amid recent incidents where dogs in Wyoming and Idaho were killed by the traps.

A coalition of some of the same groups filed a similar petition in March in Idaho, which prompted a statewide ban on private, state and federal land.

Trappers in Wyoming began using the trap, M-44s, in 1975. The traps kill by injecting sodium cyanide powder into an animal's mouth that releases hydrogen cyanide gas when mixed with saliva. Because the poison is metabolized instantly, M-44s are seen as a less hazardous way to kill predators than standard poisons.

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