Local officials urge conservative choices for upcoming antler gathering season

JACKSON, Wyo. — Local community leaders are asking anyone considering coming to Jackson next month to participate in opening day for elk antler collecting to please hold off on the trip this year.

“Due to COVID-19 we are encouraging antler collectors to resist coming to Jackson for the opening day this year,” town officials stated.

Currently, Jackson is under various state and county health orders restricting gatherings and movement in and around Teton County. The Teton District Health Officer has issued a recommendation that any visitors that visit Teton County, Wyoming, including the Town of Jackson, from another geographic area outside of Teton County self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Residents are ordered to limit movement and gathering with other individuals who are not their immediate household.

“In the face of a pandemic in our small Wyoming town, we are pleading to anyone who might be coming to Jackson to look for antlers to consider waiting until after this pandemic situation has been resolved,” town leaders urged. “The elk will continue to shed. This may not be the year. Please do not put our compromised populations in greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”

Like many small mountain communities, Jackson has limited resources and one of the highest confirmed case percentages in all of Wyoming.

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