National Wildlife Federation

Retiring conflict-prone grazing leases in Greater Yellowstone—for bears, wolves, livestock and ranchers alike.

Range Rider in Montana valley

Photo by Johns Louise

Grizzly boar in spring snow

Grizzly boar in spring snow.

Sunset, Lamar Valley
Range Rider in Montana valley Grizzly boar in spring snow Sunset, Lamar Valley

National Wildlife Federation PROJECT BRIEF

Like wolves, grizzles rarely mix well with cattle. It’s a fact that has spurred ongoing conflict between ranchers and bear advocates over the years, but one that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is addressing directly, with help from Vital Ground.

The approach is simple, and not unlike our One Landscape Initative: NWF targets specific grazing leases on public lands that are highly prone to conflicts between wildlife and livestock, and compensates ranchers for retiring those leases. This year they retired a conflict-prone 30,000-acre grazing allotment in the movement corridor from Yellowstone and the wilds of central Idaho. As of 2020, this initiative had retired 36 allotments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, totaling 650,000 acres.

Each one is a step toward conflict reduction that we’re proud to support.

National Wildlife Federation at a glance

  • Retiring conflict-prone grazing leases
  • Over 650,000 acres enhanced for wildlife
  • Promoting coexistence between people and predators
  • Helping ranchers adapt and compensating financial losses