ID: Egin-Hamer closure set to open

The southern portion of the Egin-Hamer closure west of St.
Anthony is set to open at sunrise on April 1.

Because winter came earlier and never really let up, natural
resource managers at the Bureau of Land Management and Idaho Fish
and Game are working to ensure that wintering big games herds
remain protected as long as possible and urge outdoor
recreationalists to honor existing closure dates at the Egin-Hamer
closure and St. Anthony Sand Dunes.

The Egin-Hamer Closure Area south of the Egin-Hamer Road will
open on schedule at sunrise on April 1. The area north of the road
surrounding the dunes remains closed until sunrise on May 1. Maps
of the closure are available at the regional Fish and Game offices
in Idaho Falls. The closure is patrolled by law enforcement
officers from BLM and Fish and Game and the Fremont County
Sheriff’s Department.

Fish and Game employees are allowed as part of their
administrative duties to enter the closure to carry out enforcement
activities and retrieve radio collars from deceased study animals.
Survey crews under the direction of the BLM may also be observed
entering the closure.

Both agencies will have personnel on the ground for both the
April and May openings. The goal of the agencies will be to educate
the public about the closure, but enforcement officers will be
available to write citations for flagrant violators who harass
animals or destroy habitat.


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