“The dedication and hours put in by our Wildlife Ambassadors is a demonstration of the caliber of help we are fortunate to receive. Our ambassadors are able to maintain their composure in stressful situations and have very good safety and practical sense. There is no doubt our ability to maintain safety for bears and people reached a level that we could not have dreamed of without these Ambassadors. We continue to receive kudos and praise from multiple agencies and individuals for the presence, actions, and professionalism of our Ambassadors.”
– Wildlife Biologist Jason Wilmot of Blackrock and Jackson Ranger Districts
Wildlife Ambassadors are key to our recreate responsibly campaign to increase self reliance, education, and awareness to anyone who sets foot on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Located in potential conflict areas, they are our advocates on the ground to promote responsible behavior and provide education to public land users. As visitors and bear populations increase, we want to equip individuals with the best information to protect themselves and the wildlife as we all strive to coexist in these special places. They work alongside the USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, and Wyoming Game and Fish to prove essential for the safety of bears and people.
Monitor for bears in high use areas;
Identify when response is needed;
Remove roadkill carcasses;
Talk/educate with passionate onlookers;
Work with locals, tourists, and professional photographers to manage situations on the roadside.