CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Sleeman Creek Homeowners

Community effort secures neighborhood waste facility near Lolo.

Black bear standing on hind legs

Photo by Jim Cole

Lance Schelvan photo of deep snow near Lolo Pass in the Bitterroot Mountains

Photo by Lance Schelvan

Grizzly testing bear-proof garbage can
Black bear standing on hind legs Lance Schelvan photo of deep snow near Lolo Pass in the Bitterroot Mountains Grizzly testing bear-proof garbage can

Sleeman Creek Homeowners PROJECT BRIEF

People across the mountain west are recognizing the value wildlife adds to the local landscapes on which they live and recreate. These attitudes are incrementally shifting the tide toward coexistence through grassroots efforts. In the foothills of the Bitterroot Range, near Lolo, MT, the Sleeman Creek Homeowners added electric fencing to their neighborhood garbage collection site. With help from Vital Ground, these responsible homeowners chose to invest in infrastructure that will keep bears out of attractants in the waste facility so they stay out of trouble as they roam through the Bitterroots. 

Infrastructure, such as electric fencing, and community commitment to conflict prevention ensures people will be able to enjoy wildlife in the places they live for many generations to come.

Sleeman Creek Homeowners at a glance

  • Installing electric fencing around garbage site
  • Securing attractants and keeping neighborhoods safe
  • Local homeowners organizing for coexistence
  • Preparing for pioneering grizzlies in the Bitterroots