National forest land north of Warm Springs road from Ketchum west to the West Fork of Warm Springs has been closed to protect wintering elk and deer. The area closure has been posted with signs at normal access points.
The yearly closure is routinely implemented when the presence of wintering big-game animals and snow depth indicate that the protection is warranted, the Ketchum Ranger District stated. The closure keeps the animals from expending energy trying to avoid humans. As much as possible, if visitors see any wintering animals in the backcountry, they should keep their distance and allow the animals a wide berth.
Contact the Ketchum Ranger District at 208-622-0090 for additional information on the closure.