Stewardship

Land & Natural Resources

Wildlife

The distinct assortment of vegetation and topography on the ranch provides important habitat for most forms of wildlife found in neighboring Yellowstone National Park. Elk, white-tail and mule deer, moose, grizzly and black bear, wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bobcat, mountain lions, and numerous small mammals roam the ranch's 9,000 acres and freely traverse the six-mile boundary with Yellowstone Park.

We respect the role of established predator/prey relationships and the importance of tempering our activities with regard to native wildlife populations. With an eye on our livestock and acceptance of commonsense predator management practices, we endeavor to live without conflict with our wildlife neighbors.

Traditional bird migration patterns include the flyways above the B Bar. More than 75 bird species either journey through or reside year-round on the ranch. We are fortunate to regularly observe sandhill cranes, great blue herons, great-horned owls, and bald and golden eagles. We also see red-tail and rough-legged hawks, Clark's nutcrackers, western meadowlarks, black-billed magpies, mountain bluebirds, ruffed and blue grouse, gray and Steller's jays, western tanagers, mountain chickadees, pine grosbeaks, Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and various ducks and other waterfowl. We celebrate the avian population's continued land, riparian and skyway uses on and above the Basin.

Additionally, Tom Miner Creek provides precious habitat for its rare community of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and a growing population of beavers.

We strive to maintain dialogue and working relationships with our neighbors and the various agencies that have authority regarding the natural resources, including the Forest Service, Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Department of Natural Resource Conservation and the National Park Service. Overall, we work to assure the best possible outcomes for the resource base.


ACTIVITIES RELATED TO Wildlife