Laramie, WY – Some skiers apparently can't resist the temptation of powder that's put off-limits for the protection of wildlife.
Bridger-Teton National Forest officials say powder poachers knowingly have been skiing on closed slopes in Jackson Hole's wildlife winter range.
The recreation program manager for the
Bridger-Teton says people are skiing past signs marking the wildlife winter range, so they must know that they're intruding.
Deer and other wildlife are stressed during the winter because finding forage is much more difficult. Forest officials say wildlife burn a lot of calories unnecessarily when they have to run away from skiers.