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Range Riding - Upper Green River Fladry - Marion Scare Devices - Kalispell Livestock Guardian Dogs - Mission Valley Livestock Guardian Dogs - Rocky Mountain Front Fladry - Bynum Scare Devices - Mission Valley Electric Fencing - St. Ignatius Electric Fencing - St. Ignatius Fladry - Dixon Conflict Prevention Assessment - St. Ignatius Carcass Composting - Mission Valley Bear Poles - Blackfoot Valley Sanitation - Blackfoot Valley Conflict Prevention Assessment - University of Montana, Bandy Ranch Range Riding - Big Belt Range Range Riding - Boulder Range Sanitation - Big Hole Valley Fladry - Big Hole Valley Carcass Composting - Wisdom Range Riding - Big Timber Carcass Composting - Drummond Livestock Guardian Dogs - Big Hole Valley Bear Poles - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Range Riding - Big Hole Valley Range Riding - Madison Valley Range Riding - Centennial Range Fladry - Bitterroot Valley Range Riding - Tom Miner Basin Range Riding - Union Pass Fladry - Lower Madison Valley Fladry - Upper Madison Valley Fladry - Tom Miner Basin Scare Devices - Rocky Mountain Front Livestock Guardian Dogs - Madison Valley Bear Poles - Northern Madison Range Bear Poles - Wind River Range Bear Poles - Dubois Bear Poles - Greybull River Bear Poles - Beartooth Range Bear Poles - Northern Shoshone National Forest Bear Poles - Central Shoshone National Forest Bear Poles - Southern Shoshone National Forest High Capacity Steel Bear Pole - Madison Range High Capacity Steel Bear Pole - Snowcrest - Gravelly Range High Capacity Steel Bear Pole - Gravelly Range Bear Poles - Centennial Range Bear Poles- Gravelly Range Scare Devices - Madison Valley Scare Devices - Gallatin Valley Carcass Composting - Ruby Valley Sanitation - Ruby Valley Sanitation - Madison Valley Bear Safety Event - Upper Madison Valley Bear Safety Event - Jocko Valley Sanitation - Virginia City Bear Poles - Mission Valley Bear Safety - Paradise Valley Bear Safety - REI Bear Safety - Montana Conservation Corps Range Riders - Northwestern Montana Electric Fencing - Bitterroot Valley Sanitation - Nevada City Sanitation - Jocko Valley Sanitation - Mission Valley Fladry Training - Red Lodge Fladry Workshop - Dry Cottonwood Ranch Livestock Guardian Dogs - Bitterroot Valley Class Event - University of Montana Bandy Ranch

Range Riding - Upper Green River

 

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Fladry - Marion

 

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Scare Devices - Kalispell

 

People and Carnivores deployed a night predator deterrent, Foxlights, to discourage wolves and grizzly bears from entering a livestock pasture. Foxlights use a varying flash of colored light to create the appearance of a human using a flashlight.

Learn more about scare devices here.

For further information, explore Foxlights’ website here.

Livestock Guardian Dogs - Mission Valley

Livestock guardian dogs have been used for centuries as a means of warding off predators. The dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. People and Carnivores worked with a breeder to help a ranching family acquire livestock guardian dogs to protect their herd.

Watch our short film about livestock guardian dogs (7:18)

Click here to learn more about livestock guardian dogs.

Livestock Guardian Dogs - Rocky Mountain Front

 

Livestock guardian dogs have been used for centuries as a means of warding off predators. The dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. People and Carnivores worked with a breeder to help a ranching family acquire livestock guardian dogs to protect their herd.

Watch our short film about livestock guardian dogs (7:18)

Click here to learn more about livestock guardian dogs.

Fladry - Bynum

 

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Scare Devices - Mission Valley

 

People and Carnivores deployed a night predator deterrent, Foxlights, to discourage wolves and grizzly bears from entering a livestock pasture. Foxlights use a varying flash of colored light to create the appearance of a human using a flashlight.

Learn more about scare devices here.

For further information, explore Foxlights’ website here.

Electric Fencing - St. Ignatius

 

Corn is not a natural food source for wild grizzly bears, but more than a dozen grizzlies have learned to come down from the Mission Mountains each year to an adjacent cornfield in search of an easy and reliable source of food. People and Carnivores worked with a local dairy farmer to enclose his cornfield using an electric fence in an effort to deter bears from eating his crop. One challenge that required some ingenuity was a section of fence where pivot irrigation wheels crossed the fence's electrified wires. In the first year of the project, we built several electrified "unwelcome mats" to deter bears in these vulnerable fence areas. In year two, P&C built custom electric pivot irrigation gates so that the fence was reinforced in those areas. The gates consist of plastic pallets with sheet metal (to carry an electric charge) secured to the outward facing side, arranged like swinging doors. hen the pivot heels hit the pallets, the doors swing open to allow it to cross the fence line, and are quickly shut by elastic cords.

 

Watch about the story in our short video, Corn Bears (4:16)

 

Click here to learn more about electric fencing.

Electric Fencing - St. Ignatius

 

Raising Chickens in bear country is no easy task, as bears are easily able to breach traditional chicken coops. To keep grizzlies from developing this bad and potentially fatal habit, People and Carnivores designed a prototype "chicken tractor" to deploy on a farm that raises pastured poultry. The tractor is a movable, fully-enclosed, portable chicken coop surrounded by electric fence to deter bears from getting to the chickens.

 

Click here to learn more about the chicken tractor

Fladry - Dixon

 

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Conflict Prevention Assessment - St. Ignatius

 

People and Carnivores is assisting the owner of a small farm in prime bear and wolf habitat with a variety of potential attractants (crops and livestock) to determine and proactively minimize the risk of large carnivore conflicts.

Carcass Composting - Mission Valley

 

People and Carnivores worked with local watershed groups to build a carcass composting site in the Ruby Valley. The carcass management site provides a solution for livestock owners to compost their dead animals and remove them as attractants from the landscape, thereby decreasing the risk of future conflicts with carnivores. This, in turn, keeps bears and wolves in the wild and out of trouble.

Learn more about carcass management and composting here.

Bear Poles - Blackfoot Valley

 

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Sanitation - Blackfoot Valley

 

People and Carnivores helps provide communities on the edge of wild country with bear-resistant containers to secure their garbage and keep bears away from unnatural food sources. In this community, we deployed Kodiak canisters, which are fully automated (for truck pick up) and certified bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This initiative significantly reduced conflicts in the area.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

Here's a link to Kodiak bear-resistant garbage cans.

Conflict Prevention Assessment - University of Montana, Bandy Ranch

 

People and Carnivores is partnering with the University of Montana and the university's Bandy Ranch to integrate carnivore coexistence into a 2-week intensive class curriculum in late spring. The course will give students the opportunity to learn about coexistence tools and practices in a ranch setting, in addition to exploring other sustainable agriculture topics. Students will work with instructors to conduct a risk assessment on the ranch and develop conflict prevention recommendations.

Photo credit: University of Montana

Range Riding - Big Belt Range

 

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Range Riding - Boulder Range

 

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Sanitation - Big Hole Valley

 

People and Carnivores helps provide communities on the edge of wild country with bear-resistant containers to secure their garbage and keep bears away from unnatural food sources. In this community, we deployed Kodiak canisters, which are fully automated (for truck pick up) and certified bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This initiative significantly reduced conflicts in the area.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

Here's a link to Kodiak bear-resistant garbage cans.

Fladry - Big Hole Valley

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Carcass Composting - Wisdom

 

People and Carnivores worked with local watershed groups to build a carcass composting site in the Ruby Valley. The carcass management site provides a solution for livestock owners to compost their dead animals and remove them as attractants from the landscape, thereby decreasing the risk of future conflicts with carnivores. This, in turn, keeps bears and wolves in the wild and out of trouble.

Learn more about carcass management and composting here.

Range Riding - Big Timber

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Carcass Composting - Drummond

 

People and Carnivores worked with local watershed groups to build a carcass composting site in the Ruby Valley. The carcass management site provides a solution for livestock owners to compost their dead animals and remove them as attractants from the landscape, thereby decreasing the risk of future conflicts with carnivores. This, in turn, keeps bears and wolves in the wild and out of trouble.

Learn more about carcass management and composting here.

Livestock Guardian Dogs - Big Hole Valley

Livestock guardian dogs have been used for centuries as a means of warding off predators. The dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. People and Carnivores worked with a breeder to help a ranching family acquire livestock guardian dogs to protect their herd.

Watch our short film about livestock guardian dogs (7:18)

Click here to learn more about livestock guardian dogs.

Bear Poles - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Range Riding - Big Hole Valley

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Range Riding - Madison Valley

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Range Riding - Centennial Range

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Fladry - Bitterroot Valley

 

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Range Riding - Tom Miner Basin

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Range Riding - Union Pass

Range riders combine knowledge of local carnivores with regenerative grazing techniques to proactively herd cattle and prevent depredations. Livestock often spread out when grazing and re-graze certain areas, making them vulnerable to predators, and potentially harming rangeland. By actively herding cattle and mimicking the instincts of wild ungulates, the herd gains safety in numbers. In time, a herd can re-learn the natural instinct to stay in groups even without constant direction from the range rider.

Click here to learn more about range riding.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

Fladry - Lower Madison Valley

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Fladry - Upper Madison Valley

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Fladry - Tom Miner Basin

People and Carnivores installed temporary fladry fencing around a calving pasture to deter wolves from entering. Fladry has been used for hundreds of years to deter wolves and keep them away from herds of livestock. It consists of a barrier of flags suspended from a single strand of electrified cordage and takes advantage of wolves’ innate fear of new objects in their environment.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Scare Devices - Rocky Mountain Front

 

People and Carnivores deployed a night predator deterrent, Foxlights, to discourage wolves and grizzly bears from entering a livestock pasture. Foxlights use a varying flash of colored light to create the appearance of a human using a flashlight.

Learn more about scare devices here.

For further information, explore Foxlights’ website here.

Livestock Guardian Dogs - Madison Valley

Livestock guardian dogs have been used for centuries as a means of warding off predators. The dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. People and Carnivores worked with a breeder to help a ranching family acquire livestock guardian dogs to protect their herd.

Watch our short film about livestock guardian dogs (7:18)

Click here to learn more about livestock guardian dogs.

Bear Poles - Northern Madison Range

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Wind River Range

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Dubois

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Greybull River

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Beartooth Range

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Northern Shoshone National Forest

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Central Shoshone National Forest

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Southern Shoshone National Forest

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

High Capacity Steel Bear Pole - Madison Range

People and Carnivores constructed multiple high capacity steel structures across the Gravelly and Madison Ranges, including this one near the Ruby River, between the Gravelly and Snowcrest Ranges. Steel bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 food storage structures across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

High Capacity Steel Bear Pole - Snowcrest - Gravelly Range

People and Carnivores constructed multiple high capacity steel structures across the Gravelly and Madison Ranges, including this one near the Ruby River, between the Gravelly and Snowcrest Ranges. Steel bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 food storage structures across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

 

High Capacity Steel Bear Pole - Gravelly Range

 

People and Carnivores constructed multiple high capacity steel structures across the Gravelly and Madison Ranges, including this one near the Ruby River, between the Gravelly and Snowcrest Ranges. Steel bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 food storage structures across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Poles - Centennial Range

 

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here

Bear Poles- Gravelly Range

 

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Scare Devices - Madison Valley

 

People and Carnivores deployed a night predator deterrent, Foxlights, to discourage wolves and grizzly bears from entering a livestock pasture. Foxlights use a varying flash of colored light to create the appearance of a human using a flashlight.

Learn more about scare devices here.

For further information, explore Foxlights’ website here.

Scare Devices - Gallatin Valley

 

People and Carnivores deployed a night predator deterrent, Foxlights, to discourage wolves and grizzly bears from entering a livestock pasture. Foxlights use a varying flash of colored light to create the appearance of a human using a flashlight.

Learn more about scare devices here.

For further information, explore Foxlights’ website here.

Carcass Composting - Ruby Valley

 

People and Carnivores worked with local watershed groups to build a carcass composting site in the Ruby Valley. The carcass management site provides a solution for livestock owners to compost their dead animals and remove them as attractants from the landscape, thereby decreasing the risk of future conflicts with carnivores. This, in turn, keeps bears and wolves in the wild and out of trouble.

Learn more about carcass management and composting here.

Sanitation - Ruby Valley

 

People and Carnivores helps provide communities on the edge of wild country with bear-resistant containers to secure their garbage and keep bears away from unnatural food sources. In this community, we deployed Kodiak canisters, which are fully automated (for truck pick up) and certified bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This initiative significantly reduced conflicts in the area.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

Here's a link to Kodiak bear-resistant garbage cans.

Sanitation - Madison Valley

 

People and Carnivores helps provide communities on the edge of wild country with bear-resistant containers to secure their garbage and keep bears away from unnatural food sources. In this community, we deployed Kodiak canisters, which are fully automated (for truck pick up) and certified bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This initiative significantly reduced conflicts in the area.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

Here's a link to Kodiak bear-resistant garbage cans.

Bear Safety Event - Upper Madison Valley

In July of 2018, People and Carnivores partnered with the Southwest Montana Bear Education Working Group and The Elk Meadows Ranch to hold a community meeting in the Upper Madison Valley centered on safety and sanitation in bear country. The event focused on steps that community members can take to safely coexist with bears around their residences. Participants had the opportunity to practice spraying a “charging bear” with inert canisters of bear spray. We also provided residents with bear-resistant garbage canisters to secure their garbage and ensure bears are eating their natural sources of food.

Read about the event in the Madisonian

Click here to learn more about safety in bear country

Bear Safety Event - Jocko Valley

In collaboration with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, People and Carnivores hosted a proactive conflict prevention community gathering in Arlee, MT. More bears have been seen in and around the Jocko Valley, and the growing population of bears in the area means the potential for increased conflicts in the future. We listened to the concerns of community members and discussed solutions to living and working in a valley with both grizzly and black bear presence. We also distributed bear spray and bear-resistant garbage canisters to members of the community to provide them with the tools they need to live safely in bear country.

Click here to listen/read about the event on Montana Public Radio

Click here to learn more about safety in bear country

Sanitation - Virginia City

During the height of the summer tourist season, trash cans lining Main Street in Virginia City fill up quickly with refuse that attracts bears into town. To reduce the risk of bears becoming habituated to eating human foods, People and Carnivores partnered with city officials and the USFWS to design and cost-share steel bear-resistant garbage receptacles on Main Street in downtown Virginia City. The project will help keep bears out of garbage and focused on their natural sources of food and keep residents in the town safer.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Bear Poles - Mission Valley

Bear poles provide hunters, outfitters, and backcountry recreationists a way to keep their food, game meat, and livestock feed away from bears. People and Carnivores has built more than 250 bear poles across Greater Yellowstone and the High Divide. Done in partnership with the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe, this bear pole project in the Mission Valley marked our first set of bear poles built in the NCDE, a region in which we will be building more bear poles in the future.

Watch our short film about bear poles in the backcountry (4:30)

You can also read about the construction of a bear pole on our blog.

Learn more about bear poles here.

Bear Safety - Paradise Valley

We partnered with a guest ranch in the Paradise Valley to train their employees on bear safety techniques. We outlined the steps they should take to avoid confronting a bear and what they should do if they were to encounter a grizzly bear while at work or on the trail. The employees had the opportunity to practice using bear spray with inert canisters.

Click here to learn more about safety in bear country

Bear Safety - REI

People and Carnivores has partnered with REI to provide bear safety talks and bear spray training at the Bozeman store location. In the discussions, we focus on bear biology and general backcountry bear safety techniques. The presentations have allowed us to reach a crucial segment of the recreationist population that will be traveling through bear country, including out of state visitors.

Click here to learn more about safety in bear country

Bear Safety - Montana Conservation Corps

In partnership with the US Forest Service, People and Carnivores held a bear safety instructional session for the Montana Conservation Corps in 2016. We instructed roughly 60 seasonal employees on how they can keep themselves safe while working in bear country. Participants had the opportunity to using inert cans of bear spray with a life-size charging bear device.

Click here to learn more about safety in bear country

Range Riders - Northwestern Montana

People and Carnivores provided technical assistance in the form of trail cameras to a range riding project in Northwestern Montana. The cameras helped to document the presence and activity of large carnivores in the area throughout the duration of the project and helped to direct the decision making of range riders and agency personnel.

Watch our short film about range riding (3:48)

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Electric Fencing - Bitterroot Valley

People and Carnivores helped a landowner in the Bitterroot Valley develop a mountain lion conflict prevention plan after they had cougar predation of goats. We loaned and installed with the landowner electric mesh fencing to enclose the goats, chickens, and guardian dogs that we also helped them acquire. Electric fencing is effective at deterring predators from entering livestock pastures. A fence that works on a bear, however, may not be as effective on a cougar, as cougars are able to jump over 10 feet from a sitting position. Thus, this fence had to be constructed taller than some other fences.

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Sanitation - Nevada City

People and Carnivores is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Madison County government on a project to secure the Nevada City waste transfer station so that bears cannot access garbage at the dump. The site is currently surrounded by a fence but the driveway is unsecured. The project is in development, as the partners are evaluating the use of a “bear guard” to make it innaccesbile to bears and safe for the public to use.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Sanitation - Jocko Valley

As part of our bear-safety community gathering in Arlee, we distributed bear-resistant garbage containers to members of the community. These canisters will help residents to secure their garbage and keep bears away from unnatural food sources. The initiative has garnered public support for sharing space with carnivores and has provided community members in the Jocko Valley with tools to live safely in bear country.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Sanitation - Mission Valley

 

People and Carnivores helps provide communities on the edge of wild country with bear-resistant containers to secure their garbage and keep bears away from unnatural food sources. In this community, we deployed Kodiak canisters, which are fully automated (for truck pick up) and certified bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. This initiative significantly reduced conflicts in the area.

Learn more about sanitation and carnivores here.

You can read about bears and garbage on our blog.

Fladry Training - Red Lodge

People and Carnivores trained a team of Federal agency personnel and field technicians in fladry fencing installation in spring of 2017. In addition to this training event and our Fladry Rendezvous training event in the Deerlodge Valley, we send our Fladry Manual to agencies and practitioner groups all over the West.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

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Fladry Workshop - Dry Cottonwood Ranch

In April of 2017, People and Carnivores hosted a gathering of wildlife conflict prevention practitioners and agency managers at the Dry Cottonwood Ranch in Montana’s Deerlodge Valley to share experiences, insights, and innovations about fladry. Practitioners from various agencies and organizations shared various tools and products that make fladry more effective and easier to maintain.

Watch our short film about fladry (4:56)

We’ve also compiled a manual outlining the best practices for using fladry.

Click here to learn more about fladry.

Livestock Guardian Dogs - Bitterroot Valley

Livestock guardian dogs have been used for centuries as a means of warding off predators. The dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. People and Carnivores assisted a landowner in the Bitterroot Valley reduce conflicts with a nearby cougar by helping them acquire livestock guardian dogs to protect goats and chickens.

Watch our short film about livestock guardian dogs (7:18)

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Class Event - University of Montana Bandy Ranch

People and Carnivores collaborated with the University of Montana and their University ranch, the Bandy Ranch, located in the Blackfoot Valley adjacent to public lands, to teach a two-week intensive Sustainable Ranching class, half of which was focused on large carnivore coexistence. Students learned how to implement conflict prevention tools such as fladry, other electric fencing, range riding and herding, with trips to nearby private ranches and guest speakers from MT FWP and others.