A mountain lion moves through the snow on Jan. 8, 2020. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Winter is here and that means wintering wildlife.

We dove into our archives and created this collection of wintering wildlife over the years in Jackson Hole, photographed by Buckrail’s photographer Nick Sulzer.

According to BTNF, Designated winter closure areas are essential to the survival of wildlife. When people or their animals enter closed winter ranges, 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. Most closures go into effect Dec. 1.

Buckrail @ Lindsay

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.