We also love wildlife.
We give wildlife their space in the backcountry – we Don’t Poach the Powder.
Cold temperatures, extreme terrain, and deep snow are what we live for as skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and snowshoers.
But these same elements, combined with a scarce food supply and the dire need to conserve energy, make it really hard for wildlife, especially large mammals, 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 and further overall population decline. Bighorn sheep are especially vulnerable in the Tetons – their population has dropped nearly 50% in the last 5-10 years and continues to be threatened by human pressures, competition from other species, and habitat loss.
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.
Learn more about closure areas from the US Forest Service.
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To report any violations of our local winter wildlife closures, please call Teton Interagency Dispatch at 307-739-3301.