Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Biologist Steve Cain to Present ‘Teton Wildlife: Competition for a Grand Landscape’
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites wildlife enthusiasts to learn about the many animals that roam Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and discover how humans can live responsibly and compatibly with local wildlife. Steve Cain, Grand Teton's senior wildlife biologist, will provide an overview of the current status of various wildlife species that occupy home ranges within the park and parkway on Thursday afternoon, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at Moose, Wyoming.
Cain's audio/visual program offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the compelling creatures that populate the Jackson Hole landscape: animals that fascinate and delight park visitors and local residents alike. Cain will also provide important information about how people can live in harmony with wildlife that require and depend on the natural resources found across northwestern Wyoming.
As the senior wildlife biologist for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Cain has directed wildlife conservation, research, and management programs since 1989. Cain's work in Jackson Hole has included detailed studies of elk, bison, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bears, wolves, and birds of prey. He has also collaborated on dozens of projects in the private sector, academia and other government organizations, including international assignments in Mexico and Mongolia. In previous positions Steve coordinated peregrine falcon reintroduction programs for the National Park Service's Rocky Mountain Region, studied bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and other birds throughout Alaska for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked as a bear biologist in Yosemite National Park, and researched native salmon and steelhead populations for the State of Oregon. He has received numerous awards for his work in wildlife conservation, has authored or coauthored dozens of scientific publications on wildlife ecology, is professionally certified as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society, and has been featured in a variety of internationally distributed media.
Come enjoy an afternoon of wildlife education and inspiration, and discover the latest news about the remarkable animals that grace the Teton countryside. This public program is free and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Did You Know?
Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.