Ecosystem: Greater Yellowstone (GYE)
Location: MT – Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Gallatin National Forest
Project Type: Grazing allotment retirement
Summary: Spanning 74,000 acres of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on the Gallatin National Forest, this sheep grazing allotment was located immediately adjacent to Yellowstone National Park’s highest density grizzly and wolf populations. From 1999 to 2003, more than 100 conflicts between domestic sheep and grizzly bears or wolves were documented on the allotment. With partial funding from Vital Ground, the National Wildlife Federation finalized an agreement to permanently retire the allotment. This and other allotment retirements in the GYE have been strongly supported by individual ranchers-a “win-win” solution for people and wildlife.