Seasonal closures are underway in Wildlife Habitat Management Areas managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Annual closures of Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA) are currently underway or upcoming.

According to Game and Fish, WHMAs provide a refuge for big game that must conserve energy and rely on fat restores to survive the coldest months of the year.

“Seasonal closures are essential for minimizing stress-causing disturbances to wintering deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife,” said Ray Bredehoft, habitat and access branch chief for Game and Fish. “Closures also reduce the human and recreational impacts to the forage, which supports the wintering wildlife.”

In the Jackson Hole area, closures include Camp Creek, Horse Creek, South Park and Patrol Cabin.

Pinedale area closures include Half Moon, Soda Lake, Fall Creek, Luke Lynch and Black Butte.

The closures are for any human presence unless otherwise noted. The full list of closures can be found here.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.