The use of traditional range riders has proven successful in wolf-cattle conflict reduction in other parts of the western United States and Canada that have dense populations of wolves and other large carnivores. WC takes the concept of range riders to a higher more comprehensive level in what we call the Range Steward program.
The Range Stewards are provided with in-depth training opportunities and on-going support as needed to reduce vulnerability in cattle to predation and also to implement practices that increase ranch resiliency and ranch operation economic sustainability. The strategies also promote land and wildlife habitat health.
We believe that Range Stewards should come from within each ranching community or individual ranch family or operation. It is our desire for ranching families to manage their own operation including wolf-livestock conflict and risk-reduction strategies independent of long-term outside reliance.
Regional Range Steward programs are developed in partnership with individual landowners and as a community effort. It is important that the individual ranch operation and community take ownership of the effort with support as needed to ensure it meets the unique needs of each operation and region.
Range Steward Support and Training
Herd and Land Management For Reducing Conflict
- Low Stress Livestock Handling
- Rekindling of the herd instinct
- Adaptive herd and land management
- Low stress dog work
- Seasonal behavior
- Hunting behavior
- Wolf-ungulate interactions
Landscape monitoring and surveying
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Multi-Day Clinics for Livestock Producers
WC offers sponsorships to individual landowners and ranch managers to participate in diverse multi-day clinics:
Stockmanship for Reducing Conflict
Low Stress Livestock Handling
Rekindling the Herd Behavior
Wolf Behavior and Ecology
Wolves and Livestock Interaction
Supplemental Non-Lethal Tools
Regenerative Ranching for Coexisting with Predators
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These clinics are also recommended for wildlife agency personnel engaged in the wolf conservation arena.
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