The Ketchum Ranger District has instituted an area closure in the Warm Springs drainage to protect wintering elk and deer. All Sawtooth National Forest lands from the West Fork of Warm Springs east to Ketchum and north of Warm Springs Road, within the Warm Springs drainage, are closed to human access. Signs marking the area closure have been posted at normal access points.  

     According to a press release from the Ranger District, yearly closures are implemented when the presence of wintering big game animals and snow depth indicate that protection is warranted, and closure keeps the animals from expending energy by trying to avoid humans. 

     Any visitors who come across wintering animals in the backcountry should keep their distance and allow the animals a wide berth, the district stated. Additional information from the Ketchum Ranger District is available at 208-622-0090.

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