Defenders in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains
Bison, © Walter Novak

Defenders in Action: Living with Wildlife

Defenders envisions a regional ethic of living with all wildlife, including carnivores. We’re pioneering nonlethal deterrents and new management techniques that reduce conflict and allow people and wildlife to coexist.

How We’re Helping

  • We work with ranchers and other landowners as part of our successful Wolf CoexistencePartnerships to implement nonlethal deterrents that safeguard livestock and protect wolves. Electric fencing, guard dogs, range riders and scare devices have all proven effective in minimizing livestock losses to wolves, thus building greater tolerance within the ranching community.
  • Defenders is helping communities learn to live with grizzly bears by eliminating attractants, using bear-proof dumpsters, and putting up electric fencing to protect livestock. Strategies like these prevent conflicts as bears move into more populated areas in search of food.
  • We’re exploring new alternatives to the poisoning and shooting of unwanted prairie dogs near private land. Working with the Forest Service and our conservation partners, we’re helping to relocate prairie dogs into parts of their historic habitat where they will not be threatened.
  • In 2011, bison were allowed to roam outside of Yellowstone for the first time ever. We’re working with livestock owners in Gardiner Basin to protect their land from bison by offering to pay for additional fencing and helping them implement better animal husbandry practices. We also helped pay for a cattle guard to keep bison from straying too far outside the park.
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"Once again, Defenders will make stopping any anti-ESA legislation that emerges our highest priority." - Jamie Rappaport Clark, President, Defenders of Wildlife
Gray Wolf, © Dawn Hammond
Fact Sheet
The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. As the ancestor of the domestic dog, the gray wolf resembles German shepherds or malamutes.
Photo: Joel Sartore
How You Can Help
The war on wolves must stop. Demand an official status review of wolves in the Northern Rockies – the first step toward restoring protection!