Wyoming seeks advice on protecting Teton bighorn sheep herd
JACKSON, Wyo. (News And Guide) — Wyoming officials plan a series of public meetings to help determine how to protect the last bighorn sheep in the Teton Range.
They’re seeking recommendations from the public on an issue that could lead to closing off more areas in western Wyoming to backcountry skiing. Research suggests backcountry skiing displaces sheep from some of their best habitat.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports bighorn sheep used to be abundant in the Tetons but now number only about 100. They’re divided into two sub-populations that don’t mingle.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking specific recommendations from the public for how help the sheep.