JACKSON, Wyo. — Winter wildlife closures in Bridger-Teton National Forest began this Thursday, Dec. 1.

Areas of crucial wildlife winter range that will close to all human presence include Josie’s Ridge, the KC trail, Wilson Canyon, the slopes above the Putt-Putt trail, the slopes north of the Game Creek trail and portions of the Gros Ventre drainage. In addition, dogs are required to be on a leash for example, on the first sections of the Game Creek and Putt-putt trails adjacent to the designated wildlife winter range.

Photo: Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

Designated winter closure areas are essential to the survival of wildlife. When people or their animals enter closed winter range, wildlife is forced to move to new locations. This retreat requires animals, such as deer, elk and moose, to use energy they cannot spare. This leads to a weakened condition, which can have a direct effect on the animals’ ability to fend off disease or predators and can lead to reproduction problems.

Consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map or MVUM for specifics on when roads close to wheeled and motorized vehicles.

Winter travel maps and MVUMs are available at district offices or online for your mobile device for Android and Apple operating systems. The free app is available for download through Avenza System Inc. at this link. This application along with the PDF maps available on the Bridger-Teton National Forest website under the “Maps and Publications” tab.

View additional maps here and learn more about closure areas from each of the responsible agencies. 

Winter wildlife closures also apply to pathway systems in the Jackson Hole valley. Seasonal pathway closures began Nov. 1.

Just remember: Don’t Poach the Powder and Don’t Poach the Pathway.

Don’t Poach the Pathway. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.