CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Western Landowners Alliance

Range rider helping Yellowstone- area bears stay out of trouble in the Gravelly Mountains.

Range Rider in Montana valley
Grizzly Bear foraging in deadfall forest in Yellowstone National Park

Western Landowners Alliance PROJECT BRIEF

Grizzlies ranging west from Yellowstone National Park are an increasingly frequent site in the Gravelly Mountains west of the Madison Valley. For these bears to continue 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 Wilderness or as far north as the Bob Marshall complex, they can’t get into trouble on the ranchlands that dot the broad Gravelly foothills.

We’re proud to support the Western Landowners Alliance in running a vital range rider program on this landscape, bringing a dedicated coexistence specialist to help bears, livestock and people steer clear of one another as they share these mountains.

Western Landowners Alliance

  • Nonprofit partner helping people and wildlife share working landscapes
  • New range rider program in Gravelly Mountains west of Yellowstone
  • Key southwestern Montana linkage area west of Madison Valley
  • Could help grizzlies eventually move between Yellowstone, Bitterroot and Northern Continental Divide ecosystems