The Blackfeet Tribe has had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with USDA Wildlife Services (WS) for some time, which allows WS to operate on the Blackfeet Reservation to assist in the removal of wolves and coyotes that are preying on livestock.
In 2018, Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association worked with US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to secure partial funding for a Wildlife Services employee in Glacier County, specifically on Reservation lands.
In the summer of 2019, Glenn Hall was hired by WS to fill that position, and since then, Glenn has been busy investigating livestock depredations and working to mitigate losses all over the Reservation and Glacier County.
Also during the summer of 2019, a new MOU was signed between WS and the Blackfeet Tribe, giving WS authority to conduct all grizzly bear work involving depredations on the Reservation.
Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association members have the option to purchase a half hour or full hour of Wildlife Services flying time to have Glenn Hall come to their ranch to shoot wolves and coyotes.
If you've had a depredation by wolves, mountain lions, grizzlies or coyotes, contact Glenn Hall at (406) 845-5312.
BNSGA is looking for funding to finance Glenn Hall's full time position. Click here to join BNSGA or donate.
BNSGA and other ranchers in Glacier County are working to get a Predator Petition passed to fund the aerial hunting work done by WS. The petition requires 51% of the cattle in Glacier County be represented by the signatures on the petition. If passed, a fee would be assessed by Glacier County through the livestock producers' property tax statement.
If you're interested in learning more about the petition, or would like to sign it, contact Colleen Gustafson at (406) 338-5220.