Every year at this time, people are tempted to rush the season for hiking or biking or a variety of other spring and summer activities. The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance has sounded the familiar admonishment though, “don’t poach the powder or pathways.” Winter trail closures remain in effect until April 30th – not necessarily due to snow, but more due to the critical time for wildlife. Alliance Spokesperson Annika Sohlstrom points out that human disturbance can be very hard on them. She says wildlife coming off the winter months are still going through a rough time with food still scarce, and females are in their final trimesters of pregnancy. Among the areas still off limits to human activity are the northern slopes of the Putt Putt Trail, Josie’s Ridge and the northern slopes of Game Creek – but likewise, Sohlstrom says the pathway from Jackson to Gros Ventre Junction remains closed. She says that’s because elk are still migrating to and from the refuge there. Sohlstrom points out that when people disturb wildlife, they force them to spend energy avoiding interaction, which can result in their death.