Progress for the endangered black-footed ferret has been slow, with several setbacks along the way. But in the Centennial State, biologists, agency officials, landowners and nonprofits like Defenders are working together to forge a future for these imperiled animals.
Posts Categorized: Rocky Mountains and Great Plains
For six years, our Wood River Wolf Project has led the way in teaching ranchers how to coexist with wolves, protecting their livestock without killing these important apex predators.
In Colorado, Defenders’ volunteers worked to keep prairie dogs safe, and habitat healthy for the native wildlife.
The Service recently announced it is taking additional time to conduct a thorough assessment of threats facing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly bear population before issuing a draft delisting proposal. Initially expected this spring or summer, we likely will not see a delisting proposal for Yellowstone bears until the end of this year, after the Service has had time to conduct this analysis.
The electric fencing program is another way that Defenders is helping individuals, landowners and communities coexist with wildlife. Bear conflicts on private lands are dramatically reduced when electric fencing is put around things that attract bears, like chicken coops, bee hives, fruit trees and small livestock. Human-caused mortality is the number one cause of grizzly deaths in the continental United States, but is also one of the most preventable. That is why programs like our fencing incentive are so critical to conservation and recovery efforts.