Jackson, Wu. As suggested year-round, the safest way to view wildlife during the winter is through a telephoto lens, binoculars, or binoculars.
“The park animals are wild and dangerous – bison, bears, and yaes have infected and killed people,” Yellowstone National Park said in a statement last week. Do not approach, collar, track, or feed any animal. Make sure to stay 100 yards (91 metres) away from bears and wolves and stay 25 yards (23 metres) away from all other animals.”
Moose and elk are relatively common throughout the Jackson Hole Valley, but particularly along the Snake River gorge and the slopes of the Teton Range, including residential areas associated with the cities of Wilson, Teton Village, and Jackson.
The image above is submitted to Bucket Captured on December 4, 2021, in the area east of Grand Teton National Park. Photographers this close to Bull Moose (less than 25 yards) pose a threat to both wildlife and humans.
The following tips from the National Park Service will keep humans and animals safe when viewing wildlife:
- Never go near or follow an animal to take its picture: use binoculars or telephoto lenses to get a better view
- If an animal approaches you, move away to keep a safe distance
- If you cause an animal to move, you are too close. It is illegal to stay near or approach wildlife, including birds, at any distance that disturbs or disrespects the animal
- Park in the pull-out yards on the side of the road when watching / photographing animals: do not obstruct traffic
- Stay in or near your car when watching bears. If a bear approaches or touches your car, sound your horn and go away to discourage this behavior
- Watch NPS wildlife safety videos that showcase the power of big wild animals
About the author
Carolyn Chapman is a community news reporter who recently returned home to Jackson. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction books, skiing, walking, and playing the piano in her spare time. She is more passionate about presenting and following stories that directly affect the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect of living in Jackson is the true admiration that Wyoming residents share for the land and the life it sustains.