Thriving ranches and thriving wildlife.
Working lands stitch together the patchwork of landscapes that create the character of the West and the open space valued by so many, both people and wildlife. The Working WildChallenge is a landowner-led effort that recognizes the challenge of ranching with wildlife, and facilitates constructive dialogue between wildlife managers and working lands stewards to solve problems through peer learning, public policies, and increasing access to technical and financial assistance. Our approach leads to stronger partnerships, more resilient ranches, and ultimately, better-connected landscapes.
THE FOUR C's OF THE WWC
Conflict prevention, Control, Compensation & Collaboration
Conflict prevention tools need durable sources of funding to allow producers to implement these nonlethal methods within an adaptive framework.
Lethal control is a critical tool in managing large carnivores on working landscapes; supporting, not undermining, conflict prevention.
Compensation for losses to predation is a reasonable and important form of public support for policies that expand the ranges of widely-valued wildlife like wolves and bears.
Collaboration engages landowners early and meaningfully in decision-making processes and is critical to both effectiveness and equity when developing wildlife policies and land management plans.
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