Ranching with Grizzlies Seminar


The cold weather is here to stay, which brings on many people's favorite season - grizzly bear hibernation. It seems the Rocky Mountain Front has breathed a collective sigh of relief in the last weeks as the bear sightings have ceased and things have gotten quiet.

While grizzly bears are still on everyone's minds, the Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association is inviting all producers and landowners to a free Ranching with Grizzlies seminar to be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.

Speakers will include Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Livestock Loss Board, Wildlife Services, and Blackleaf Guardians. Lunch will be provided by the Teton CattleWomen and North Country CattleWomen.

We will cover a number of topics from electric fencing, livestock guard dogs, conflict prevention, and most importantly, who to call when there is a conflict. There will be presentations by each speaker, with plenty of time for questions. 

Please join us in spreading this important information for everyone in grizzly bear country.

To RSVP, contact Trina Bradley at (406) 450-1577,visit our BNSGA Facebook page, or email Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 6 so we can get a solid lunch number to the CattleWomen.

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Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 - Choteau, Montana

10 a.m. Registration begins

10:30 a.m. - Introductions by Trina Jo Bradley and Kristen Kipp, BNSGA

10:35 a.m. - Joe Kipp, BNSGA President

10:45 a.m. - BREAK

11 a.m. - Gary Burnett, Heart of the Rockies Initiative

11:10 a.m. - Alex Few, Western Landowners Alliance

11:20 a.m. - Jeff Bectell, Waterton Biosphere


12:15 p.m. - Hilary Cooley, USFWS 4d Rule

12:30 p.m. - Mike Hoggan, Wildlife Services

1 p.m. - Blackleaf Guardians, Livestock Guardian Dogs

1:45 p.m. - BREAK

2:00 p.m. - Sara Sylte, MTFWP

2:30 p.m. - Russ Talmo, Defenders of Wildlife

2:50 p.m. - George Edwards, Livestock Loss Board

3:15 p.m. - Moving Forward - Multiplier Discussion, Possible Income Sources

4:15 p.m. - Wrap up, what's next?

4:30 p.m. - Bear Spray Training with Sara Sylte

Register Today!

Our room is limited to 100 people, so make sure you RSVP right away to reserve your spot! Click "Find Out More" to go to our Facebook event, and choose "Going" from the options.