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In 2008 The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust joined approximately 25 other participants in a broad-based coalition to retire the cattle and sheep grazing permits that existed in a 180,000- acre portion of the Bacon Creek area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest northeast of Jackson, Wyoming.



This area has seen extensive conflict between native predators (especially grizzly and wolf populations) and domestic livestock interests. Finally the economic and political situation was right for a permanent retirement of these grazing permits. The U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service endorsed such actions.

The consortium raised approximately $500,000 and the transaction closed in 2008. The 180,000 acres is now permanently closed to domestic livestock grazing and predator protections are in place subject to the Endangered Species Act.

Wolf protection is tenuous as efforts are being made in Wyoming and surrounding states to have the gray wolf delisted from Threatened and Endangered status. Such delisting has occurred in Montana and Idaho but federal authorities have yet to approve the plans submitted by the state of Wyoming. We believe this will be a continuing area of controversy. Meanwhile, the major predators grizzly and wolf are free to roam in this area without threat of conflict with domestic livestock.

In order to expand the scope of HSWLT’s influence and effectiveness for the benefit of wildlife, we frequently share funds, expertise and HSWLT’s humane philosophy with other organizations.  All HSWLT shared efforts are rooted in our commitment to providing wildlife with safe places to live, forever, by assisting other organizations that share our concerns for wildlife and habitat. 

 

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