The Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Working Group has released a map of Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Winter Zones and is asking skiers to voluntarily avoid these sensitive bighorn sheep winter habitat areas during winter 2022.
The Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Working Group is made up of Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 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 is 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.
Habitat loss and other problems facing bighorn sheep predate the 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. The georeferenced map is available for download at tetonsheep.org and can be displayed on smartphone mapping apps.