CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association

Electric fencing for 4-H livestock in grizzly country east of Glacier National Park.

Chief Mountain and Glacier National Park from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association PROJECT BRIEF

Grizzly bears have long called the Blackfeet Nation home. Stretching east from Glacier National Park along Montana’s northern border, the area is seeing more bear traffic than in recent decades as grizzlies continue expand from core habitat in the park, following river corridors east onto tribal lands.

Over the last two years, that unfortunately meant the loss of some livestock from the tribal 4-H program, so this year the Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association is lending a helping hand with support from Vital Ground. New electric fencing for the program’s livestock will help keep everyone safe and provide a valuable opportunity to learn about the importance of coexistence and conflict prevention.

Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association at a Glance

  • Agricultural stakeholders' group helping prevent grizzly conflicts on Blackfeet Nation
  • Tribal 4-H program has seen uptick in livestock loss due to grizzly expansion
  • 15 new electric fences for 4-H livestock will help keep people, bears and livestock safe
  • Valuable educational opportunity on coexistence and conflict prevention