Department staff are allowed as part of their administrative duties to enter the closure to carry out enforcement and scientific activities. Department staff and volunteers have already entered the area to observe sage grouse performing courtship displays on their mating leks. Survey crews under the direction of the BLM are also entering the closure.
It is critical that in all areas that humans give wildlife a wide berth. Many animals are preparing to give birth to their young and it is important that energy reserves are maintained in the event late spring harsh weather occurs.