County Bear Regulations Now In Effect

BearWise Jackson Hole reminds you that new changes to the Land Development Regulations focused on wild animal feeding and garbage storage went into effect July 1, 2022.

Historically, bear managers in Teton County mostly dealt with black bear conflicts. Today, as the grizzly population grows and expands its range, we are seeing more grizzlies in Jackson’s residential areas.

It is now more important than ever to do your part to deter bear conflict activity before it starts, by making sure that bears never gain access to human food sources in developed areas and by reporting all bear conflicts as soon as they happen to give wildlife managers a chance to respond proactively to alterconcerning bear behavior.

NEVER feed wildlife. Store all garbage in bear-resistant containers. Remain 100 yards from bears at all times.

Report bear conflicts to Wyoming Game and Fish at: 307-733-2321

What is BearWise Jackson Hole?

BearWise Jackson Hole is a decades long partnership between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. We are a subsidiary of the BearWise Wyoming program. BearWise Jackson Hole provides resources and outreach intended to keep bears wild and people safe.

Check out our BearWise Jackson Hole PSA by clicking the video above!

Additional Tips for Avoiding Conflict with Bears, at Home and on the Trails!

  • Keep garbage containers inside a secure building until the morning of pickup.
  • Store recyclable containers, such as pop cans, indoors; the sweet smells attract bears.
  • Store especially smelly garbage, such as meat or fish scraps, in a freezer until it can be taken to a refuse site.
  • Do not leave food from barbeques and picnics outdoors, especially overnight; coolers are not bear-proof.
  • Replace hummingbird feeders with hanging flower baskets which are also attractive to hummingbirds.
  • Pick fruit from trees as soon as its ripe and collect fallen fruit immediately.
  • Do not put out feed for wildlife (corn, oats, pellets, three-way, nor molasses blocks). It is harmful to wildlife and prohibited by a Teton County Ordinance.
  • Keep a clean camp, when camping. Store all attractants, including coolers, cooking gear, and pet food, inside a bear box or a hard-sided vehicle with the windows rolled up.
  • Travel in groups of four or more (when possible) in the backcountry. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. 
Bear Wise Education Trailer

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation funded the purchase of the “bear trailer” (above) which is used by us and our partners for education and outreach around Jackson Hole!

Photo Credits:

Henry Holdsworth
Mark Gocke
Steve Morriss
Sava Malachowski
Leine Stikkel
Tim Griffith
Jon Mobeck

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

Office Location:
25 S. Willow St., Suite 10
Jackson, WY 83001

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8042
Jackson, WY 83002

(307) 739-0968
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