CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

People and Carnivores

Electric fencing for homeowners and agricultural producers in Montana’s Flathead Valley.

Black bear and cherry orchard fence
 
Black bear and cherry orchard fence
 
Photo by Jim Cole
Gravelly and Madison mountain ranges
Photo by Jeremy Roberts
Gravelly and Madison mountain ranges
Patti Swoka photo of grizzly bear knocking over bear-proof garbage container
Photo by Patti Swoka
Patti Swoka photo of grizzly bear knocking over bear-proof garbage container

People and Carnivores PROJECT BRIEF

West of Glacier National Park, Montana’s Flathead Valley is one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions. As new houses and roads sprout forth, remaining habitat needs protection while residents and visitors both new and old need to be ready to coexist with a grizzly bear population that is also growing.

That’s where People and Carnivores enter the picture. This small coexistence-minded organization has long worked in communities outside of Yellowstone and more recently expanded north to the Mission and Flathead valleys. In 2021, we’re proud to help them provide electric fencing for farms, fruit orchards and other stakeholders in the Flathead.

People and Carnivores at a Glance

  • Nonprofit working around Montana to prevent grizzly- and wolf-related conflicts on ranches and in communities
  • Previous Madison Valley initiative provided vacation rental owners with bear-safe garbage containers and bear-aware educational material for renters
  • Currently supporting Flathead Valley electric fencing program for farms, fruit orchards and other stakeholders
  • Flathead Valley among fastest-growing regions in the nation, making coexistence work especially urgent