Working Wild Challenge connects ranchers remotely

Photo courtesy of Kenyon Fields.

Human society may be slowing down at the moment, but in the working wild where people, wildlife and livestock share a common landscape, life is in full swing. The Working Wild Challenge kicked off its practitioners call this week, bringing ranchers together from communities across the West. The call, which will continue on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7am MT, is a place where ranchers can share their experiences trying to ranch alongside grizzly bears, wolves and elk. If you would like to join the call, please fill out this simple request form.

The call is early in the morning, for working ranchers, allowing you to connect with others before you head out to start the day. Just a call, no video – call as you are.  

Conflict Reduction Consortium calls continue

The Conflict Reduction Consortium, which brings together experts and practitioners to develop policy and practice recommendations on ranching in conjunction with large carnivores and elk, will continue to hold its monthly videoconference calls. We are continuing planning for our tentatively scheduled in-person Working Wild Challenge events for June and beyond. We will evaluate health and safety concerns for each of those events as they approach and develop alternatives to in-person gatherings if necessary.

Montana’s GBAC meets remotely

WLA is also busy this spring working with Montana partners to develop possible state legislation to increase the adequacy of funding for compensation and preventative measures to reduce conflicts between livestock and large carnivores. Meanwhile, the work of the Montana Grizzly Bear Advisory Council continues, remotely now, as the group progresses toward recommendations for the future of grizzly bear management in the state. If you have concerns, questions, need support or would like to join our efforts in the Northern Rockies, please contact Cole Mannix in Helena (

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