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. WCPS 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 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 Training and Support includes:
- Low Stress Livestock Handling
- Rekindling of the herd instinct
- Adaptive herd management
2. Wolf ecology
- Seasonal behavior
- Hunting behavior
- Wolf-ungulate interactions
- Myths and realities
3. Landscape monitoring and surveying
As part of our comprehensive model, WCPS also supports the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices:
- Prescribed grazing practices that increase ranch resiliency/sustainability, land, water, and biodiversity health.
WCPS offers limited sponsorships to individual landowners to participate in multi-day clinics in Tom Miner Basin, Montana:
Stockmanship for Sustainable Ranching
Low Stress Livestock Handling
Rekindling the Herd Behavior
Wolf Behavior and Ecology
Wolves and Livestock Interaction
These clinics offer the opportunity for folks to engage and learn directly from those who have lived and ranched with wolves.
Additional multi-day workshops are offered in California, Southern Oregon, and Colorado on a variety of topics and focuses.
Future demonstration sites planned for California, Oregon and Colorado - stay tuned!