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JH Wildlife Foundation Turns 20!

On February 23rd, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation marks 20 years of working with you to promote ways for our community to live compatibly with our valley’s magnificent wildlife.

Our Give Wildlife A Brake™ campaign reminds locals and travelers throughout the year that wildlife are everywhere and to please slow down.

Since 1993, through your generous donations, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation has purchased 8 portable variable-message signs that warn motorists and cyclists about wildlife moving in the vicinity of valley roads. The signs are moved regularly to areas of the greatest need under an agreement with WYDOT.

Additionally, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, with support from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and private donors, recently purchased and placed two fixed radar signs on Highway 390. These signs are programmed to display the different day/night speed limits and warn passing motorists when they exceed the speed limit.

Our Fence Program’s dedicated volunteers have removed over 160 miles of obsolete and dilapidated fence from private and public lands to allow wildlife to move more freely across our valley’s lands. In addition, our volunteers modify existing fences to meet wildlife-friendly standards.

Through Bear Wise Jackson Hole, we work in partnership with Wyoming Game and   Fish,  Grand Teton National Park   and   the Bridger-Teton National Forest to help reduce human/bear conflicts and keep bears wild. Bear Wise education and outreach efforts help locals and visitors reduce unnatural bear attractants and learn to travel safely in bear country.

Our   Nature Mapping Jackson Hole program is a collaboration with the Meg and Bert Raynes Fund.  Since its inception, Nature Mapping has   trained over 400 volunteer citizen-scientists to monitor and record wildlife sightings in a comprehensive database. The information is used by various agencies involved in land use planning and for other wildlife- related data needs.

The valley’s population is growing along with ever-increasing numbers of visitors. Given that we all live and play in one of the country’s most wildlife-rich environments, the potential for conflict and wildlife mortality grows along with these numbers.

As we move forward, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation hopes to be able to purchase additional portable message and radar signs as well as materials needed to retrofit many miles of fencing to make it wildlife friendly.

If you would like to support these efforts, please donate to the Jackson
Hole Wildlife Foundation to help our valley’s wildlife continue to thrive.

Thank you for your support, twenty years and counting!

 

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