In order to help keep the citizens of Idaho informed regarding the physical condition of their wildlife, the Upper Snake Regional Office will be issuing reports throughout the winter.  Reports reflect information gathered from IDFG field staff and contacts in local communities.  Reports will be issued as conditions change, especially if a major winter weather situation develops.  Requests for further information should be directed to Gregg Losinski at 208-390-0635

Dustin Cureton is the new Landowner Sportsman Coordinator for the Upper Snake Region and the person responsible for compilation of the following information

Big Game Physical Condition

Animals were in fair to good condition entering winter.  Animals arrived on winter ranges slightly later than normal due to mild winter conditions.  Snow pack across the region is 90%-123% of average.  Warm temperatures persisted last week and melted a substantial amount of snow but was countered by a strong round of storms over the weekend into Monday. General outlook for ungulate survival still looks good with current conditions.

Winter Habitat Conditions

Sand Creek, Hamer

Snow depth is 8 to 12 inches with minimal crusting.  Animals are moving freely on winter ranges.

Swan Valley

Snow depth is 10 to 12 inches on the valley floor with minimal crusting. South facing slopes are at 12 to 16 inches. Animals are moving freely on winter ranges and appear to be in good physical condition.

Teton Basin

Valley floor has 14 to 16 inches of snow with minimal crusting. South facing slopes are at 12 to 16 inches.  Small numbers of deer and elk have moved onto the valley floor.

Big Desert, INL

Snow depth is 6 to 9 inches with minimal crusting.

Birch Creek

Snow depth is 6 to 9 inches with minimal crusting.

Big and Little Lost Rivers

Snow depth is 4 to 7 inches on the valley floor with minimal crusting.

Tex Creek

Snow depth is 6 – 8 inches with 4 to 6 inches on the south facing slopes. Minimal crusting observed.

BIG GAME EMERGENCY FEEDING UPDATE: NO SANCTIONED FEEDING IS REQUIRED OR OCCURRING WITHIN THE UPPER SNAKE REGION AT THIS TIME.

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