Native carnivores get some breathing room in Wyoming

Cavity nesting birdDeal withdraws land from livestock grazing

This just in from the Northern Rockies . . . Cattle will no longer graze on a prime chunk of habitat for elk, moose, grizzlies and wolves in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, according to a recent agreement.

The deal involves 178,000 acres of forest land southeast of Grand Teton National Park that has been identified as one of the best places for wintering elk. It’s also been the source of long-running conflicts between predators and livestock.

The National Wildlife Federation brokered a deal to retire grazing allotments in the area as part of a larger effort in the Yellowstone ecosystem to find ranchers willing to accept payment to no longer graze livestock in prime wildlife areas.

With the latest deal, the group has put together more than 20 agreements covering nearly 500,000 acres.

Click here to read the full story by Mike Stark in the Jackson Hole Star Tribune.

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