The future of our wildlife depends on everyone being good stewards of the Tetons. Skiers and snowboarders especially at this critical time are asked to voluntarily avoid the zones shown below (orange) and abide by existing closures (purple).
Bighorn sheep have occupied the Teton Mountain Range for thousands of years, but today this native population is small, isolated from other nearby populations, and at risk of local extinction. Challenges for this native herd continue to increase and public land managers, as well as public land users, have a critical role to play in their future survival.
As one of the smallest and most isolated herds in Wyoming, the native Teton Range bighorn sheep herd is of high conservation value to the Jackson Hole community and millions of visitors from around the world who visit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem each year.
The Teton Range is big enough for both exceptional skiing and iconic wildlife through responsible recreation and by planning ahead. Habitat loss and other problems facing bighorn sheep predate our current sport of backcountry skiing, but as backcountry skiing continues to grow in popularity, it’s more important than ever to make recreation decisions that will help protect the herd.
As recreationists and outdoor enthusiasts, we all play a critical role in protecting and conserving public lands and the wildlife that call these places home. Being a good steward means being aware of the environment and the health of the wildlife therein, making sure they are able to persist for generations to come.
For additional information check out the Teton Bighorn Sheep Working Group website at tetonsheep.org.
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Last updated: February 3, 2023