With the privilege of living in the same ecosystem as moose, bears, wolves, and more comes the responsibility to educate ourselves and our neighbors on how to coexist with wildlife
Recent grizzly bear sightings in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park mark the first observations of bruins this year. With warmer weather, elk and other ungulates are also on the move, especially since the elk refuge ended supplemental feeding two weeks early this year to incrementally reduce wintering elk’s reliance on artificial feed.
Increased wildlife movement in our valley means residents and visitors must be extra vigilant, secure attractants, and recreate responsibly. Remember that winter wildlife closures remain in effect through the month of April and animals rely on a variety of habitats as winter range and during the spring transition, including outside of winter closure areas.
To learn more about winter closures, check out our Don’t Poach the Powder webpage and “know before you go.”
Even while respecting winter wildlife closures, odds are high that you will encounter animals while recreating. In the event that you do, remember:
- Give them plenty of space – at least 25 yards for all ungulates
- When possible, find alternative routes or turn around
- Avoid surprise encounters – be alert, make noise, and keep pets close
Spring is also a critical time to reduce the risk of conflict with bears and other wildlife on or near your property. The Alliance, along with BearWise Jackson Hole and other partners, urge you to follow simple precautions to avoid attracting wildlife to your residence. Check out these resources to reduce conflict with wildlife on your property: