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How to Respect Wyoming Wildlife in Jackson Hole

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Jackson Hole is home to some of the largest protected wilderness areas in the country and one of the last wild places on Earth.
Help us keep Jackson Hole wild during your travels by practicing the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
Today, we will focus on how to respect the Wyoming wildlife you may encounter.
Learn about giving wildlife space, how to travel in bear country, respecting closed areas, and more!

Stay in our sustainably built cabins in the Teton wilderness with Fireside Resort and recreate responsibly in Jackson Hole!

Keep a Safe Distance from Wyoming Wildlife

As exciting as it is to see wildlife on your adventures, it's imperative that you keep a safe distance from wildlife at all times. Keep a distance of at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards from other animals. One of the safest ways to watch our wildlife is from your vehicle or on a guided tour with experts who know the area. And remember, NEVER feed the wildlife!

Drive Slow and Brake for Wildlife
It's not uncommon for wildlife like moose, elk, and bison to cross our roadways. Slow down and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife when driving around Jackson Hole, especially around dawn, dusk, or night. Please obey our highways' reduced nightly speed limits to avoid wildlife collisions.

Know How to Explore Bear Country
Jackson Hole is home to populations of both black and grizzly bears. Being prepared for a bear encounter while exploring our backcountry is essential. We recommend carrying bear spray, traveling in larger groups, staying alert, making noise, and cleaning up after any food you bring.

Respect Winter Wildlife Closures
Seasonal wildlife closures occur in Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton to help protect wildlife from the effects of winter recreation in the area. Please respect our vital habitats and be mindful of where wildlife closures exist during your visit.

Practice Sustainable Fishing
Fishing is a bucket list experience in Jackson Hole, but it's important to practice sustainable fishing while you're here. Native cutthroat trout are essential to our ecosystem, so we encourage anglers to target non-native species such as rainbow trout. Remember to drain, clean, and dry your fishing gear before hitting the water!

Leave No Trace of Your Jackson Hole Travels
In addition to respecting Wyoming wildlife in Jackson Hole, we encourage you to practice all Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. If you are interested in learning more about wildlife conservation or want to volunteer your time, get involved with Being Wild! After your exploration, return to your secluded cabin in the Tetons with Fireside Resort. Discover one of our many Jackson Hole cabin rentals and plan your Wyoming getaway today!