JACKSON, Wyo. — Winter wildlife closures in Bridger-Teton National Forest began today, Dec. 1, 2021. All the winter closure areas are in effect except areas north of the Gros Ventre Road on the Jackson and Blackrock Ranger Districts. Closures for those will begin Dec. 15.
Areas of crucial wildlife winter range that are closed to all human presence include Josie’s Ridge, the KC trail, Wilson Canyon, the slopes above the Putt-Putt trail, the slopes north of the Game Creek trail and portions of the Gros Ventre drainage. In addition, dogs are required to be on a leash for example, on the first sections of the Game Creek and Putt-putt trails adjacent to the designated wildlife winter range.
Designated winter closure areas are essential to the survival of wildlife. When people or their animals enter closed winter range, 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 and can lead to reproduction problems.
Although winter conditions have yet to set in across western Wyoming, it is important to remember that forest roads may be closed despite being dry and clear of snow. Consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map or MVUM for specifics on when roads close to wheeled and motorized vehicles.
Winter travel maps and MVUMs are available at district offices or online for your mobile device for Android and Apple operating systems. The free app is available for download through Avenza System Inc. at this link. This application along with the PDF maps available on the Bridger-Teton National Forest website under the ‘Maps and Publications’ tab.