JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance unveiled its new State of Wildlife Report last night at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The study identifies and highlights key conservation “targets” and threats to those targets in the Jackson Hole area.
The Alliance uncovered myriad information regarding wildlife and habitat—some of it probably intuitively known by most; other discoveries might be more eye-opening for some.
For instance, did you know the beaver abundance in Grand Teton National Park has dropped by over 80% the past 40 years? Or that an estimated 45% of historic sage-grouse habitat has been lost? How about a notion that Teton bighorn sheep herd numbers are low because of lost migration routes due to human development?
The Alliance commissioned the State of Wildlife in Jackson Hole Report to better understand how wildlife is doing so that the community as a whole can make appropriate decisions based on the best available and most accurate science.
The report is compiled, analyzed, and authored by two distinguished local biologists—Frances H. Clark and Corinna Riginos—using the best available cutting edge research and science.
“If you ask 50 experts around Jackson which wildlife species face the biggest threats and what those threats are, you’ll get 50 different answers,” Skye Schell, Alliance executive director says. “We want to focus our efforts on a limited number of very important conservation targets. Given that we have limited resources, what are the most important actions we can take to protect our wildlife? This is what this report sets out to answer.”
The Alliance policy staff is already using the report to identify how it can make the biggest difference on issues like wildlife-vehicle collisions, rural development paving over important wildlife habitat, and how to best address and shape population and commercial growth.