Golden eagle killed by lead

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.

Golden eagles often scavenge during the fall and winter. Scientists suspect the adult female may have eaten carrion containing lead bullet fragments.

Some advocacy groups have called for hunters to use bullets made of copper to help prevent such deaths.

Eagle scientist Todd Katzner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called the death "gut wrenching."

He says researchers were nonetheless able to gather valuable information about the eagle and its movements before it died.

Golden eagles are one of North America's largest birds, with a wingspan that can top 7 feet.

Bar raised on amendments

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota voters will get to decide if it should be more difficult for citizens to amend the state constitution.

Senators on Monday approved House amendments to a resolution that allows the Legislature to vote on an initiated measure following voters' approval.

Votes in both chambers largely fell along party lines, with Democrats dissenting.

Any initiated measures would go back to voters for final approval if it fails to win lawmakers' endorsement.

Opponents of the resolution argue the move damages residents' participation in the legislative process and is contrary to the will of the people.

North Dakota is among about two dozen states with some form of an initiative process.

Drilling begins to test storage

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Crews have started drilling a 10,200-foot well so University of Wyoming researchers can test the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide underneath the top U.S. coal-mining state.

The Gillette News Record reported Sunday that researchers aim to demonstrate that more than 55 million tons of carbon dioxide could be stored under the Powder River Basin near the coal-fired Dry Fork Station.

The well north of Gillette is part of a nearly $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop carbon capture and sequestration.

Researchers expect to collect several core samples to gain data on possible deep storage reservoirs and the rock layers that would seal the reservoirs.

Researchers plan to collect 3D seismic data later this year.

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