JACKSON, Wyo. — A recent interaction between an unleashed dog and a herd of mule deer on Snow King depicts the added stress wildlife faces during the winter.

In a video, captured by Josh Metten, local photographer and naturalist, a small herd of wintering mule deer are chased up Snow King by a barking dog.

According to Snow King Mountain, dogs are allowed at Snow King and are subject to Teton County Dog Laws – they must be leashed or under strict voice control at all times.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s website explains that “deep snow, cold temperatures, and a lack of food make winter a stressful time for wildlife. Large ungulates such as elk, mule deer, moose, and bighorn sheep rely on wind-swept south facing hillsides for winter food.” Winter is a stressful time for wildlife and expending unnecessary calories due to human-caused interactions puts these animals at risk of surviving the long winter.

It is important to minimize human-caused disturbances within wildlife habitats and adhere to winter wildlife closures.  This map, posted by Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation shows winter habitat closures.

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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.