Summary: Vital Ground provided a grant to the National Wildlife Federation to help fund a buyout of the 22,000 Upper Gros Ventre grazing allotment, which lies south of Yellowstone National Park in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Cattle grazing in the Upper Gros Ventre allotment has faced chronic conflicts with grizzly bears over the last decade. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the Upper Gros Ventre allotment has recorded at least 12 grizzly bear and 15 wolf conflicts in the last four years alone
The retired grazing allotment might also provide additional elk habitat and potentially reduce the need for artificial feeding on the National Elk Refuge to the west.
Since 2002, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to retire livestock grazing allotments on public lands in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem where there are conflicts with wildlife, especially grizzlies and wolves. Vital Ground has contributed to seven of these voluntary allotment buyouts thus far, totaling more than 400,000 acres.