Greater Yellowstone: Coexistence

Carnivore-human-livestock conflict is a major challenge in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and throughout the West as wolf, bear and cougar populations expand into working and rural landscapes. The coexistence model being implemented in two working landscapes in the GYE, Tom Miner Basin and the Centennial Valley of Montana, have been developed over the last four years by families in the local community. The practices include tools such as range riding, wildlife tracking, carcass management, holistic range and livestock handling, cattle herding techniques and electric fencing to decrease predator-livestock conflicts and better the health of the landscape. All of these coexistence tools are meant to encourage a more in-depth understanding of ecosystem function and wildlife activity in relationship to humans and livestock.