By Trina Jo Bradley VP, MRLA Since 1995, county cattle petitions have been helping USDA APHIS Wildlife Services with predator management by providing much needed funding for Wildlife Specialists such as Mike Hoggan to charter a helicopter to regulate coyote and wolf populations and work throughout the year setting hardware to control predators. According to … More Proposed Glacier County Cattle Petition
By Trina Jo Bradley VP, MRLA I’ve written several blogs about working together with those that may not and generally do not see things the way we see them. These people work against ranchers more than they work with them. But sometimes, we have a common goal, even if we don’t approach that goal in … More What You See is What You Get
“Guard, protect and cherish your land, for there is no afterlife for a place that started out as Heaven.” ― Charles Marion Russell The first session of the Living With Wildlife Conference in Lewistown, Montana on January 24, 2019 started with Chris Johns, Former Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic’s and Program Leader, Beyond Yellowstone. He quoted Montana’s famous … More The Rancher’s View of The Living With Wildlife Conference
By Trina Jo Bradley VP, MRLA As most of you know, I was a featured speaker at the Living with Wildlife conference in Lewistown last week. The conference was sponsored by National Geographic, and hosted by American Prairie Reserve. Several people warned me against going, as they figured it was just a “dog and pony … More Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone for Ag
By Trina Jo Bradley Vice President, MRLA By now, I think it is safe to say everyone in Montana has heard of the American Prairie Reserve and the plans they have for 5 million acres of our great state – land that has been in agricultural production for the last two hundred years, and will … More Living with Wildlife Conference
While the “put the apex predators in the cities” may seem funny to a some, offending approximately 65% of our beef/lamb/pork eating consumers does not seem like it will improve our situation, reputation or negotiating position at the policy table. … More Don’t Let the Wolves Represent You
By Trina Jo Bradley VP, MRLA Remember that proposed ARM rule about grizzly bear population management that I was ranting about for the last two months? Well, the comments are in…I just finished reading 482 pages worth, and I tell you, it was entertaining, encouraging, disheartening, and just plain ridiculous all rolled into one big … More The comments are in!
“First we take the question as to whether bears should be there or not off the table,” was one of Gary Burnett’s first comments as he introduced himself on the NCDE Panel Discussion on Connectivity. My immediate thought was, “Hmm…. Many of us are not ready to take that debate off the table.” The Northern … More When did grizzlies become more important than our freedom as land owners?
By Trina Jo Bradley VP, MRLA On Oct. 26. 2018, environmentalist Mike Bader, along with support from Western Watersheds Project, WildWest Institute, Friends of the Wild Swan, Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club, Great Bear Foundation, Friends of the Rattlesnake, Friends of the Bitterroot and other environmentalists, filed a petition with Montana Fish, Wildlife and … More Are more regulations the answer to hunter/bear conflicts?
By Trina Jo Bradley VP, MRLA As you all know, bears are a subject near and dear to my heart, so anytime there’s an article, video, meme, or mention of bears anywhere on the internet I am usually tagged by someone. This morning was a prime example – I took my daughter to the bus … More What about OUR rights?