WC is focused on serving ranching communities in the West to proactively reduce the potential of wolf-livestock conflict by supporting resilient ranching practices focused on livestock husbandry, economic viability, landscape health, and diverse wildlife populations. We strive to honor the ranching heritage while conserving the gray wolf through ranch-specific management actions that promote ranch sustainability and healthy ecological systems. This comprehensive approach focuses on progressive stockmanship, resource stewardship, and rancher knowledge of the landscape. It merges these elements with predator ecology to enable ranchers to not only successfully operate with predators on the landscape, but experience co-benefits of herd, landscape health, and economic viability—the focus is on managing livestock, not wolves or other predators. We are striving for conflict transformation, rather than conflict resolution through a holistic approach that promotes ranchers as stewards of the wild-working lands and wildlife that we all value.
Through creating of regional Working Circles comprised of local ranchers working together and supporting each other, a better and more empowered way forward is found.
Working ranch stewardship that further reflects a reverence for life by accepting the return predators on public and private lands, will in turn improve awareness and generate respect for the value that working ranches can provide to wildlife, human dignity, and maintaining land health.
WC activities are advised by our ranching partners, state agency representatives, and wolf biologists/conservationists. Visit our Resource page for training opportunities and physical resources
"...your organization [Working Circle] is, indeed, invested in helping us to maintain our livelihood and our heritage! Thanks again for all of your help!" ~ Siskiyou County rancher