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Groups work to reduce grizzly bear conflicts around Jackson

Federal, state and nonprofit organizations are working together this month to reduce conflicts between grizzly bears and people in Jackson, Wyo. and the surrounding area. Through educational presentations and distribution of bear deterrent spray to hunters, the groups hope to avoid encounters that might result in injury or death to either people or bears. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton closure shut down park revenues along with public access

Grand Teton National Park will close some of its roads to seasonal travel in preparation for winter.

The 16-day closure of Grand Teton National Park forced visitors to scrap long-planned vacations, and it cost local small business owners badly needed fall revenue. But it also left cash registers empty at the bookstores and entry gates that help fund the park. Based on 2012 October visitation numbers and a solid increase in park traffic so far this year, Grand Teton missed out on collecting an estimated $150,000 in entrance fee revenues during the shutdown. Continue Reading →

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Elk Refuge photos capture tense standoff between mountain lions, coyotes

In a Grand Teton wildlife version of dogs vs. cats, a series of photos of two young mountain lions seeking refuge from five coyotes has been attracting plenty of attention after being shared online last week by National Elk Refuge staff members. The photos taken by Lori Iverson, an outreach and visitor services specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, show a tense standoff, as the two juvenile mountain lions nervously crouch atop a rail fence. Coyotes can be seen in some of the photos watching anxiously. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton scenery, wildlife featured in Tarantino movie Django Unchained

Actors Jamie Foxx, left, and Christoph Waltz appear in a publicity image from Django Unchained, a new movie filmed in Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area. (©Columbia Pictures - click to enlarge)

Sharp-eyed cinema fans may recognize landscapes from Grand Teton National Park and see wildlife from the National Elk Refuge in a few scenes from a major Hollywood movie set for release on Christmas Day. Production on writer-director Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained, came to Jackson, Wyo. on short notice in February when a lack of snow in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains forced producers to scramble for a new last-minute location. Continue Reading →

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Annual elk hunt begins Saturday in Grand Teton National Park

An elk cow from a herd in southern Yellowstone National Park relaxes in high grass. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

Although hunting is banned in most national parks, an annual elk hunt aimed at controlling unnaturally high herd sizes will begin Saturday in limited areas within Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife managers have used federally mandated hunts to help cull the burgeoning elk herds around Grand Teton since the 1950s, and while there is widespread local public support for elk hunts in the park, the practice has been criticized by some. Continue Reading →

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Jackson Hole celebrates pathway completion, National Elk Refuge centennial

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks Saturday at the centennial celebration for the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyo. (Yellowstone Gate/Ruffin Prevost - click to enlarge)

Two celebrations of public lands projects in Jackson Hole last week drew dignitaries from across the spectrum of state, local and federal governments, and both were praised as models of cooperative efforts that have made local landscapes more livable and sustainable. The recent completion of the second phase of a multipurpose pathway connecting the Wyoming communities of Moose and Jackson was marked by separate events at both ends of the pathway. Also, the National Elk Refuge, spanning from the northern end of Jackson to the southern end of Grand Teton National Park, marked its centennial. Continue Reading →

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