Please give wildlife plenty of room and patience
Deep snow forces animals into residential areas
by Wyoming Game & Fish
March 3, 2014
Wyoming Game and Fish officials are asking residents in the Jackson, Wilson and Pinedale areas to be aware and show patience with moose and other wildlife that often show up in residential areas during the winter months. The Jackson Game and Fish office has received numerous calls from concerned citizens about moose in residential areas, prompting them to offer advice on how to avoid problems with these large animals. This winter has been a bit more problematic due to the amount of snow the area has received.
"It really is a matter of simply being aware and giving the animals plenty of room," said Jon Stephens, North Jackson Game Warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "We often dont expect to see these animals in our neighborhood or developed areas, but this time of year we should be more cognizant of that possibility."
Wildlife officials are asking residents to be wary and exhibit patience when encountering wildlife. "Generally, these animals are not going to pose a threat to anyone as long as we give them their space, control our pets around them and so on," said Stephens. "However, if an animal is charging people or posing a threat, we want to know about it and we will respond."
Wildlife officials acknowledge that wildlife, such as moose, can be potentially dangerous and offer these tips to avoid a conflict:
Be especially watchful during times of low light. Moose can be difficult to see at night.
Look for tracks or other signs of moose on trails, pathways, or around houses.
Never crowd an animal or surround it.
Always allow an animal an escape route.
Always control pets while walking them and make sure there are no wildlife around before letting animals out of the house.
View and photograph animals from a distance.
Avoid feeding wildlife as it often attracts wildlife into conflict situations (i.e. roads, fences, landscaping, pets, etc.) .
Similarly, Game and Fish officials are also asking area motorists to be wary and exhibit patience to avoid collisions with wildlife. "Wildlife are regularly crossing area roadways this time of year and can be especially hard to see in low light situations," says Stephens. "We really need to slow down and give ourselves plenty of braking distance, especially on potentially slick roads."
Teton county residents are reminded that there is a ban on the feeding of wildlife in the town of Jackson and throughout the county, excluding bird feeders and unintentional feeding associated with the feeding of livestock.
"This is a stressful time for all wildlife and we need to give them room, whether its in the backcountry or our own backyard," said Stephens.