A bear in GTNP works for food ahead of hibernation. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Fall is in full swing in Jackson Hole with changing leaves and active wildlife. The first official day of fall was last Wednesday, Sept 22.

Wildlife is especially active during this season, making wildlife viewing exciting but onlookers are reminded to use extreme caution.

The elk rut is underway, with peak rut attributed to Sept. 21. Bull elk can be more aggressive during mating season which begins in September and runs through October.

Black and brown bears are currently in a state of hyperphagia in which they eat and drink nonstop to put on weight for the winter hibernation. During hyperphagia, bears are very active, seeking out food sources.

Photos: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

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.