Bridger-Teton National Forest is reminding the public that winter range closures are still in place on the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger Districts despite the unseasonally early spring. Forest biologists point out that it is critical that wildlife continues to be undisturbed until their energy reserves can be restored after the winter months. At the same time, pregnant females are in their final trimester. Meanwhile, Lori Iverson of the National Elk Refuge adds that antler gathering which is always prohibited on the refuge and in the national parks is also prohibited west of the Continental Divide by state authorities. Closures on the forest are set to be lifted on May first, however in some locations restrictions actually remain in effect until July. Citations will be issued to violators and carry significant fines.