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Montana women ranchers share challenges of living with grizzlies

Billings Gazette
February 3, 2019 | By Brett French

Packing a pistol is a way of life for Trina Jo Bradley, a Dupuyer-area rancher along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. The pistol is her protection from grizzly bears. She is on constant watch for the large bruins.

“I compare it to living in a bad neighborhood in Chicago,” she said. “There’s never a time when we’re not on alert.”

 
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First ‘Living With Wildlife’ Conference Draws Large Crowd

Lewistown News-Argus
January 30, 2019 | By Doreen Heintz

If the number of people attending the “Living with Wildlife” conference was any indication, it was very successful. The free conference for agricultural producers and wildlife enthusiasts was held at the Yogo Inn on Thursday and Friday. 

 “Because of the fire codes at the Yogo, we cut off the number of registered attendees at 225,” said Beth Saboe, public information and outreach manager of the American Prairie Reserve. “We did end up with about 10 people on a waiting list, but because of the weather there were a few no shows, so we were able to accommodate everyone on the waiting list as well as some walk-ins to the conference.” 

Many local people had different reasons for attending the conference. 

“I attended the opening and closing parts of the conference,” said Lewistown businessman Dave Byerly, “as I had read the letters to the editor in the News-Argus that were against the conference. I wanted to see for myself just what this was really about. 

 

Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone for Ag

Maria River Livestock
January 29, 2019 | By Trina Jo Bradley

As most of you know, I was a featured speaker at the Living with Wildlife conference in Lewistown last week. The conference was sponsored by National Geographic, and hosted by American Prairie Reserve.

Several people warned me against going, as they figured it was just a “dog and pony show” put on by the APR to gain public favor and sway people to their way of thinking. Several other people told me that boycotting the conference would send a message that ranchers do not approve of the APR trying to tell us how to live.

 
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Rural heart of Montana confronts change at Lewistown conference

Billings Gazette
January 28, 2019 | By brett French

LEWISTOWN — Even here, in the heart of rural Montana, life is quickly changing.There’s now a rock radio station where once only country singers crooned on the lone AM channel. An old feed store has been remodeled into a microbrewery and restaurant, its massive wooden beams that once supported cattle and horse feed now lightened under the load of diners and drinkers. To the south, billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks have bought thousands of acres of ranchland on their way to becoming the second largest landowners in the state, and to the north the nonprofit American Prairie Reserve has begun work on eventually creating a more than 3 million-acre wildlife conservation area that caters to educational and recreational tourism.

 
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Ranchers Struggle with American Prairie Reserve Wildlife Conference

NorthernAg.Net
January 14, 2019

Many ranchers philosophically disagree with the mission of the American Prairie Reserve to buy private ranchland, take it out of ag production, and create the largest nature reserve in the continental U.S. They worry about the long-term effect that transfer will have on their communities and their culture.

Even more of those ranchers are worried that if APR increases the number of predators and bison on their own APR land, those predators and large ungulates could potentially cause serious property damage on the neighboring ranches.

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Make your voices heard at APR conference

Cut Bank Pioneer Press
January 9, 2019 | By Trina Jo Bradley

By now, I think it is safe to say everyone in Montana has heard of the American Prairie Reserve (APR) and the plans they have for five million acres of our great state – land that has been in agricultural production for the last 200 years, and will never return.

Recently, APR announced a Living with Wildlife conference in Lewistown, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 25.

 
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Living with Wildlife: Lewistown seminar looks to build bridges

Great Falls Tribune
January 7, 2019 | By Amy Grisak

For anyone interested in the complex relationship between agricultural communities and wildlife, plan to be in Lewistown from January 23-25 for the first Living with Wildlife conference.

Sponsored by National Geographic, the goal is to bring together some of the best minds in agricultural production and wildlife issues to offer solutions to one aspect of the most pressing issues facing producers.  aliquam.

 
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How cattle can help save the birds of the Great Plains

National Geographic
December 18, 2018 | By Molly Loomis

It’s a sweltering summer day in central Montana. Here, in the heart of Big Sky country, no matter how hot it gets, blue jeans and cowboy boots are the norm, to protect against the whipping wind and the threat of thunderheads that can materialize without warning on the horizon.

Rancher Bill Milton surveys his land with wildlife biologist Dan Casey from a bumpy dirt road etched into the mottled green and gold landscape, 50 miles outside of Billings. Rolling through the land in Casey’s Prius, we’re on the western margin of the northern Great Plains, where shortgrass prairie once dominated the landscape. Casey points out an apple-sized bird on the right hand of the road.