Madison Valley Ranchlands Group

On the edge of Greater Yellowstone, preventing conflicts with livestock through attractant removal and composting.

Electric fencing in Madison Valley
Grizzly Bear foraging in deadfall forest in Yellowstone National Park
Gravelly and Madison mountain ranges

Madison Valley Ranchlands Group PROJECT BRIEF

As grizzlies range west from Yellowstone National Park, they don’t have to go far before they hit the ranchlands of the broad Madison Valley. For these bears to move freely across southwestern Montana’s patchwork of public and private lands, for them to have a chance of making it as far west as the Selway-Bitterroot, they can’t get lured into trouble in the Madison.

The Madison Valley Ranchlands Group works hard to provide resources for agricultural producers to prevent bear-related conflicts in the area. A major attractant is livestock carcasses, but with quick removal from the rangeland and composting in a fenced facility, these incidents can be mitigated. In 2021, we’re eager to support construction of a new composting facility near Norris, Montana, helping streamline this vital coexistence and connectivity-building work.

Madison Valley Ranchlands Group at a Glance

  • Outreach group for agricultural producers in southwestern Montana's Madison Valley
  • Key linkage area west of Yellowstone, helping link bears to central Idaho's wildlands
  • Carcass removal and composting program removes a major bear attractant from rangelands
  • In 2021, new composting facility near community of Norris will further streamline program