The use of traditional range riders has proven successful in wolf-livestock 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 livestock to predation and also to implement practices that increase ranch resiliency and sustainability that supports land and wildlife habitat health,
We believe that Range Stewards should come from within each ranching community or individual ranch 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.
Range Steward Support and Training Opportunities include:
- Low Stress Livestock Handling
- Rekindling of the herd instinct
- Adaptive herd management
Low stress dog work
- Seasonal behavior
- Hunting behavior
- Wolf-ungulate interactions
- Myths and realities
Landscape monitoring and surveying
As part of our comprehensive model, WC also supports the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices:
- Prescribed grazing practices that increase ranch resiliency/sustainability, land, water, and biodiversity health.
WC offers sponsorships to individual landowners to participate in diverse multi-day clinics:
Stockmanship for Sustainable Ranching
Low Stress Livestock Handling
Rekindling the Herd Behavior
Wolf Behavior and Ecology
Wolves and Livestock Interaction
These clinics are also recommended for wildlife agency personnel engaged in the wolf conservation arena.