Commonly used tools: fladry, traditional range riding (human presence), and even compensation programs, buy valuable time and have a significant role. However, we must expand beyond physical tools and predator scare tactics, which can function as effective, short-term band-aids but don’t solve the underlying problems. We must look beyond the stop-gap strategies and invest more in advanced, comprehensive approaches that address the root of what is actually causing the conflict in the first place
Some people hesitate at this approach due to traditional mindsets. Some wolf advocates think, “We are wolf conservationists; we are not in the business of supporting ranch operations.” But, as wolves, like other wildlife, are becoming more dependent on the open space and wildlife corridors that ranchlands provide, ranch families need to be able to work and live with wolves on shared lands successfully. In contrast, ranchers may hesitate at the thought of supporting wolf conservation. However, when ranchers fully embrace their valuable role as stewards of the land and wildlife, including predators, there are great opportunities for funding, positive public perception, and market support.