The Blackfoot watershed provides excellent habitat for species like grizzly bears, wolves, and elk. When wildlife populations overlap with humans, conflicts can occur. Examples include bears destroying beehives, wolves killing livestock, or elk grazing on large amounts of hay. Since 2002, the Wildlife Committee has brought landowners, biologists, and other partners together to share information about wildlife activity in the watershed, identify shared values, and cooperatively form management strategies to minimize conflicts. The Committee has installed electric fencing around beehives and calving grounds, loans bear-resistant garbage cans to watershed residents, and coordinates the Carcass Pick Up and Range Rider Programs.
Header photo: Eric Graham; Inset photo: Peter Brown
During the winter months, the Challenge’s wildlife team participates in a regional collaborative effort to monitor the whereabouts of rare forest carnivores like lynx and wolverine.