Great Gray Owl Recovery

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By Becky Hall On October 10, 2020 a car struck a great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) in Island Park. Fortunately, it was taken to the Teton Raptor Center (TRC) in Jackson, Wyoming where we hope it will recover and return home.  In 1993 the Forest Service believed the great gray owl’s range did not come […]

Big Game is a Big Deal in Fremont County

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By Gregg Servheen No doubt most Fremont county residents live here because of its high quality of life. If asked for the top three reasons why Fremont county’s quality of life is so good, most would probably make sure to have wildlife on the list. Of course, along with wildlife are spectacular landscapes, good people, […]

Sage Grouse Courtship Display

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Article and photo by Jean Bjerke I love the sometimes flamboyant and even outrageous behavior of birds and wildlife to attract mates. One of my favorites is the mating display of the Greater Sage Grouse, often known as Sage Hen, native to the broad sagebrush plains of the central Rocky Mountain states, and other areas […]

Baby Season

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Article and Photos by Lindsay Jones Welcome to baby season! What’s that you ask? Well, if you aren’t familiar with the world of wildlife rehabilitation, and many aren’t, I’d like to capitalize on this hectic time of year and shed some light on this altruistic profession.  One of the most common reasons that an animal […]

Trumpeter Swans

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By Deb Drain Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) are one of the most identifiable waterfowl found in the Island Park area. They are named after their call, which sounds like a trumpet. Trumpeter Swans are entirely white, with black bills, feet, and legs. They are the largest waterfowl in North America and one of the largest […]

Bear Safety Tips – Bear Spray

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By Becky Lewis When recreating in bear country, your goal should be to avoid bear encounters by being bear aware – hike in groups, make noise, and watch for bear signs. But even when taking precautions, it is still possible to encounter a bear. Carrying bear spray, having it readily accessible, and knowing how to properly […]

Bear Safety Tips – Hiking & Camping

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By Becky Lewis May is “Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship” month so it is the perfect time to remind Island Park residents, visitors, and tourists how to safely recreate in bear habitat. Island Park is home to both black bears and grizzly bears so it is important to understand how to safely recreate in […]

Bear Safety Tips – Food Storage

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Spring is the time when bears emerge from their winter dens and families once again are exploring the parks and forests. May is “Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship” month so it is the perfect time to remind Island Park residents, visitors, and tourists how to safely and responsibly live and recreate in bear habitat.