JACKSON, Wyo. — The winter season is off to a deep start with storm after storm hitting Jackson Hole over the past month. For wintering wildlife that means deep trudging and less access to food.

Dec. 1 marked the start of winter wildlife closures on Bridger-Teton National Forest, The National Elk Refuge and Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas.

Winter is a stressful time for wildlife and expending unnecessary calories due to human-caused interactions puts animals at risk of not surviving the long winter.

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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.