JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Heads up, dog walkers and anyone else using Cache Creek.
Multiple moose have recently been spotted wintering along the Cache and Hagen trails on the Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. With the deep snow this year, their energy levels are very low and they have no place to go.
Other moose have also been observed frequenting certain neighborhoods. There is a mother and her calf near the schools. Another pair has been hanging out between Whole Grocer and The Timbers.
Please, folks, it is up to us to take care of our wildlife in winters like these. These moose and other wildlife (elk have been spotted in town) need the public’s help to survive the rest of the winter. March and April can be the toughest months. Even though snow begins melting, wildlife is at its lowest energy levels right now and what forage they can find is of low nutritional value.
It is thrilling to be able to see these animals up close but keep in mind, if you see them, they see you. And just seeing you drives up their heart rate, anxiety, and stress levels—even if they don’t run away or appear stressed, they are. Give these moose ample space and avoid movement that might haze them further down the trails or into deep drifts.
The Forest reminds recreationists to never push the animals along the trail or along the road. Stop and wait until they move on. If possible, turn around and go a different way.
Consider leaving your dog at home during this time where wildlife has congregated along these two trailways. If you do bring your dog, keep them leashed along the trail. Remember that moose are unpredictable and, if agitated, can easily kill a dog.