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Burning Man festival draws peak crowd of 66,000

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert.

Gene Seidlitz (side-litz) of the federal Bureau of Land Management says the official peak attendance of 65,922 set on Friday was within the population cap of 68,000 imposed by his agency on the quirky art and music festival.

The number was down from last year's record peak crowd of 69,613, which exceeded the limit of 68,000 and resulted in organizers being placed on probation for a second time in three years for violating the BLM's cap.

Overall, Seidlitz says, this year's weeklong festival was successful and safe except for Thursday's death of a 29-year-old Wyoming woman who was struck by a bus carrying passengers.


2 men sue over Nevada trapping regulations

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two men have sued Nevada wildlife commissioners, saying current trapping regulations are causing needless suffering for thousands of "non-target" animals including dogs, golden eagles and mountain lions.

Donald Molde of Reno and Mark Smith of Incline Village, in their lawsuit filed Thursday in Washoe County District Court, are seeking an injunction to halt the upcoming trapping season and force change.

Their complaint follows commissioners' Aug. 16 vote against shortening the amount of time fur trappers must check their traps. They currently must do so every 96 hours in most of Nevada.

Molde and Smith say that means thousands of non-target animals will needlessly suffer injury and death that could have been mitigated through earlier release from traps.

Commission Vice Chair Jeremy Drew didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.


Robbery suspect dies in shootout with Reno police

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A suspect died after a shootout with police near a Reno casino after officers said he shot and wounded a shopper during a robbery of a CVS Pharmacy minutes before.

Washoe County sheriff's spokesman Bob Harmon says the male suspect died Sunday night at a Reno hospital and the male shopper was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Their names have not been released.

Investigators say the suspect fled in a vehicle after the Saturday evening robbery at CVS, and shots were fired during a chase that ensued with officers.

The chase continued to an area near the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, where shots were exchanged and the suspect was injured.

No officers were injured.

The sheriff's department is handling the investigation into the case.


Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish

RENO, Nev. (AP) - For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters - and its lack of mobility - are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.

Scientists studying climate change anticipate that as Earth continues to warm, fish and wildlife will migrate away from the equator or seek higher ground for a cooler habitat.

"The catch phrase is 'Migrate, Adapt or Die,'" said Mark Hausner, a hydrologist at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas.

But what about creatures like the endangered pupfish that exist in only one place and simply cannot pack up their bags and move?

The inch-long fish lives in a 426-foot-deep, water-filled cavern in the Mojave Desert on the edge of Death Valley National Park. In the 1970s, there were more than 500 pupfish, but today, there are only 92, according to the National Park Service.

The slowly rising temperature of the geothermal water - as high as 97 degrees at times - is near the limit of what the pupfish can withstand on the shallow shelf where it breeds just below the surface.

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