CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Blackfoot Challenge

Supporting the West’s longest-running Range Rider program, for the benefit of wildlife and people alike.

Photo by Jeremy Roberts/Conservation Media.
Photo by Kevin Rhoades.
Montana's Blackfoot Valley
 
Montana's Blackfoot Valley
 
Photo by Kevin Rhoades.
Photo by Jeremy Roberts/Conservation Media.

Blackfoot Challenge PROJECT BRIEF

Few things sound more authentically western than the job title of Range Rider. The Blackfoot Challenge’s program lives up to the name, providing essential on-the-ground services that ensure the coexistence of wildlife and ranching—two sides of the Blackfoot Valley’s rich heritage.

The Blackfoot Challenge is a collaborative of local landowners and conservationists who facilitate the longest-running Range Rider program in the country—not to mention winter carnivore monitoring, human-bear conflict reduction programs, and scientific studies within communities. Each summer, range riders monitor livestock and predators across 40,000 acres of rugged country, checking herd health, updating ranchers and community members on wolf and grizzly travel, and detecting and removing carcasses from high-risk sites.

Simply put, these hard-working individuals stop conflicts before they happen. We’re very proud to back them again this year.

Blackfoot Challenge at a Glance

  • Conservation cooperative based in Ovando, Mont.
  • Work throughout 1.5-million acre Blackfoot Watershed
  • Range Rider Program monitors livestock and predators across 40,000 remote acres
  • Other programs include winter carnivore monitoring and community bear-aware education