CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

J Bar L Ranch

Helping bears and livestock coexist on working lands.

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Photo by Hilary Zaranek

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Photo by Hilary Zaranek

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Photo by Hilary Zaranek

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Photo by Kayla Heinze

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J Bar L Ranch PROJECT BRIEF

J Bar L Ranch in the Centennial Valley has been hard at work honoring the dual Montana traditions of ranching cattle and protecting wildlife. As grizzlies expand outward from Yellowstone, it will become increasingly imperative for local ranchers to be bear-aware. Leading the way, range riders at J Bar L keep watch over livestock to keep pioneering bears—vital for genetic connectivity—separate from herds and out of trouble. 

In 2022, we enabled remote camera and hair-corral setups to track bears on the ranchlands. This initiative allows the ranchers at J Bar L to expand their understanding of who’s passing through and how they can continue making their landscape safe for both cattle and wildlife. In 2023, we supported their strategic livestock grazing efforts to reduce depredation and promote soil health and ecosystem resiliency.

J Bar L Ranch at a glance

  • Range riders monitor livestock and wildlife in the Centennial Valley
  • Innovative grazing plans prevent depredation and benefit ecosystem
  • Coexisting with grizzlies expanding out of Yellowstone National Park
  • Community outreach shares lessons learned on the ground