The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation works to promote ways for our community to live compatibly with wildlife.
We accomplish our mission primarily through on-the-ground projects that we guide in collaboration with agencies, organizations and private land owners. We also gather and disseminate wildlife data that can inform wildlife-friendly policies and educate the public on how to reduce potential conflict with our wild neighbors.
Tag along with videographer and assistant bird bander Max Frankenberry who captured some scenes from a recent wildlife friendlier fence project in an absolutely beautiful location south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Horse Creek Mesa. We removed over a mile of obsolete barbed wire fences that form a boundary between Wyoming Game and Fish Department land and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
You’ll get a sense of what our non-profit organization staff, partners WGFD and BTNF, and our tireless volunteers do during a fun and fulfilling day improving the landscape for wildlife. This fence work is situated in an important migration area for elk and mule deer particularly.
The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will. - Theodore Roosevelt
Each year, we organize hundreds of volunteers to remove or modify fences to make them friendlier to wildlife movement. We rely on the voluntary engagement of private landowners and public agencies as we work to reduce migratory barriers and improve landscape permeability.
Nature Mapping Jackson Hole, founded by Meg and Bert Raynes and friends, provides an opportunity for citizen scientists to contribute to our local wildlife knowledge base. The collective observations create a long-term dataset of wildlife distribution throughout Jackson Hole, and further connects us to the wild spirit of our valley.
In 1994, JHWF launched a multi-faceted wildlife-vehicle collision reduction campaign with immediate mitigation measures on Jackson Hole’s highways to make roads safer for people and wildlife. As we maintain that original work, we also now compile and distribute data that informs future transportation planning with partners such as the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.