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Community Supported Conservation of Grizzly Bears on Private Agricultural Lands
Unformatted Document Text:  Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)CIG Project Update Information Template Agreement Number: 65-0325-05-0026 Grantee Name: Blackfoot Challenge Project Title: Community supported conservation of grizzly bears on private agricultural lands Project Director: Dr. Seth M. Wilson Contact Information: 130 Pattee Creek Drive, Missoula, MT 59801 USA Tel: (406) 5432-2792 ## email not listed ## Period Covered by Report: October 1, 2005 – September 30, 2007 Project End Date: September 30, 2007 State(s): Montana National Component CIG: No State Component CIG: Yes Summarize the work performed to date in this report: In 2005, the landowner group, the Blackfoot Challenge, was awarded a state Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The $75,000 award was used to bridge science and practice to reduce human-grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) conflicts, livestock depredations, and grizzly bear mortalities on private agricultural lands in the Blackfoot watershed of Western Montana. Under the NRCS CIG award, the Blackfoot Challenge’s Wildlife Committee provided technical and financial assistance to private landowners to reduce conflicts with grizzlies by identifying and securing attractants that lead to human-grizzly bear conflicts and grizzly bear mortalities. To achieve these objectives, we used an integrative, multi-method approach relying on GIS field-based mapping and analysis, one-on-one meetings, workshops, field tours, and group meetings to actively engage the local community in data collection and participatory projects. This collaborative, problem-solving effort relied on partnerships with over 15 different conservation groups, industry interests, and multiple local, state, and federal agencies and more than 120 private landowners. We achieved the following results during the grant period of performance: • Reduced verified human-grizzly bear conflicts by 91% (2003-2006) • Completed 35 GIS mapping sessions on ranches in project area • Completed attractant inventory for project area • Completed conflict risk and prioritization analysis for 24 EQIP projects • Assisted NRCS in developing new predator deterrent electric fence specifications • Completed 25 electric fencing projects to non-lethally deter grizzly bears o 16 beehive fences…………..(2 beekeepers; 12 landowners)o 8 calving area fences……….(5 ranchers involved)o 1 composting facility fence...(4 partners involved)

Authors: Wilson, Seth.
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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
CIG Project Update Information Template
Agreement Number: 
65-0325-05-0026
Grantee Name:
 Blackfoot Challenge 
Project Title: 
Community supported conservation of grizzly bears on private 
agricultural lands
Project Director: 
Dr. Seth M. Wilson
Contact Information: 
130 Pattee Creek Drive, Missoula, MT 59801 USA 
Tel: (406) 5432-2792 ## email not listed ##
Period Covered by Report: 
October 1, 2005 – September 30, 2007
Project End Date: 
September 30, 2007
State(s): 
Montana
National Component CIG: 
No
State Component CIG: 
Yes
Summarize the work performed to date in this report:
In 2005, the landowner group, the Blackfoot Challenge, was awarded a state 
Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural 
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  The $75,000 award was used to bridge science 
and practice to reduce human-grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) conflicts, livestock 
depredations, and grizzly bear mortalities on private agricultural lands in the Blackfoot 
watershed of Western Montana.  Under the NRCS CIG award, the Blackfoot Challenge’s 
Wildlife Committee provided technical and financial assistance to private landowners to 
reduce conflicts with grizzlies by identifying and securing attractants that lead to human-
grizzly bear conflicts and grizzly bear mortalities.  
To achieve these objectives, we used an integrative, multi-method approach 
relying on GIS field-based mapping and analysis, one-on-one meetings, workshops, field 
tours, and group meetings to actively engage the local community in data collection and 
participatory projects.  This collaborative, problem-solving effort relied on partnerships 
with over 15 different conservation groups, industry interests, and multiple local, state, 
and federal agencies and more than 120 private landowners.  We achieved the following 
results during the grant period of performance:
Reduced verified human-grizzly bear conflicts by 91% (2003-2006)
Completed 35 GIS mapping sessions on ranches in project area
Completed attractant inventory for project area
Completed conflict risk and prioritization analysis for 24 EQIP projects 
Assisted NRCS in developing new predator deterrent electric fence specifications
Completed 25 electric fencing projects to non-lethally deter grizzly bears
o 16 beehive fences…………..(2 beekeepers; 12 landowners)
o 8 calving area fences……….(5 ranchers involved)
o 1 composting facility fence...(4 partners involved)


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