In response to public concern regarding wildlife issues in the Big Hole watershed, BHWC formed a wildlife subcommittee in November 2008 to discuss wildlife management issues. The wildlife subcommittee is led by Jim Hagenbarth, BHWC Vice-Chairman and rancher and Dean Peterson, BHWC board member and rancher. The wildlife subcommittee invites solutions from all sides of wildlife issues. Tana Nulph, Conservation Programs Coordinator, manages BHWC’s wildlife programs and grants.

Video: Ranching with Wolves in the Big Hole Valley

The primary objective of the wildlife subcommittee is to provide wildlife conflict reduction to help both ranchers and wildlife thrive in a predator-rich environment. BHWC’s wildlife conflict reduction initiative is a collaborative effort with many partners and contributors, including People and Carnivores, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, WCS Community Partnerships Program, Defenders of Wildlife, USFWS-Montana Partners for Fish and Wildlife, USFWS-Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, the Montana Livestock Loss Board, the Cinnabar Foundation, the Vital Ground Foundation, and many local ranchers who have contributed wood chips, use of heavy equipment, knowledge, donations, and more.



Regional CONFLICT REDUCTION GROUP secures nfwf funding

Beginning with exchanges with landowner-led groups on reducing conflicts between people and wildlife, eleven groups are now working to build our individual capacity to reduce conflict by collecting our local actions. Together, we successfully secured a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to do this work across 12 million acres, but will be applying individually to funding sources like the Montana Livestock Board Loss prevention grant program.  Our goal is to support individual, local efforts between the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems.


BHWC Conflict Reduction Programs

Upper Big Hole Range Rider

Livestock Carcass Removal & Composting

Bear Safety Awareness