BHWC employs a Range Rider who monitors 8 USFS and BLM grazing allotments in the Upper Big Hole basin. Ranchers turn their cows onto these lands July – September each year. The range rider monitors the allotments (using day & night patrols, photo monitoring, foot, horse and vehicle patrols) for predator activity, cattle behavior, and range health during this time period. The rider reports any predator activity to the livestock producer who can then adjust cattle accordingly. If livestock predation is suspected, the rider reports to both the livestock producer and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologists who then investigate the situation to determine if the producer can be reimbursed for their loss.
The Upper Big Hole Range Rider program was created in 2010.