Cold temperatures, extreme terrain, and deep snow are what we live for as skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and snowshoers.
These same elements, combined with scarce food supplies and the dire need to conserve energy, make it really hard for wildlife, especially large ungulates, to survive our long, cold, harsh winters.
When we disturb wildlife in the winter we force them to expend precious energy, which can lead to a long, slow death.
As people who care about wildlife, we have a responsibility to know before we go which backcountry areas serve as critical winter habitat and migration pathways for wildlife and are closed seasonally to protect wildlife.
Closures in the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forests, South Park Wildlife Habitat Management Area, and pathways adjacent to the National Elk Refuge are in effect from October 1- April 30 and open May 1. Grand Teton National Park closures near Mt. Hunt are in effect from December 1- March 31 and open April 1.
And to our partners:
To report any violations of our local winter wildlife closures, please call Teton Interagency Dispatch at 307-739-3301.