Retired Wildlife Acre Allotments

Bighorn Sheep

National Wildlife Federation has been hard at work since 2002 retiring livestock grazing allotments in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and more recently in the spectacular 1.1 million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.

Through NWF's Adopt a Wildlife Acre program, we have secured more than 620,000 acres of critical habitat in Yellowstone.

Animals such as grizzlies, wolves and bison that experience conflict with livestock now live securely thanks to these adopted and retired acres.

Thank you to our amazing members and supporters who have helped make this happen and given wildlife more room to roam.

Retired Allotments:

WAPITI (RETIRED 2010)

Location: Southwestern Montana
Size: 10,000 acres
Wildlife: Bison
Conflict: Bison were killed when they wandered outside Yellowstone National Park in search of food, for fear they would spread disease to cattle grazing nearby.

ROYAL TETON (RETIRED 2009)

Location: SW Montana, northern border of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 6,000 acres
Wildlife: Bison
Conflict: Bison were killed in fear they would spread disease to local grazing livestock. Now, we’ve secured a 30-year leasing agreement to prohibit livestock grazing on Royal Teton Ranch. This has created a bison corridor along Yellowstone River that is a safe winter migration path for these animals.

ASH MOUNTAIN/IRON MOUNTAIN (RETIRED 2006)

Location: SW Montana in the Gallatin National Forest, NE side of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 74,000 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, gray wolves, bighorn sheep
Conflict: This was a domestic sheep grazing allotment that experienced chronic problems with grizzly bears and wolves, which were sometimes killed in response to depredations. The domestic sheep were also believed to transmit diseases to nearby wild bighorn sheep.

BACON CREEK/FISH CREEK (RETIRED 2007)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, South of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 178,000 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, gray wolves, elk, moose
Conflict: Grizzlies and wolves were experiencing chronic conflict with grazing livestock. Cattle were consuming forage important to wintering elk and moose.

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BEAR CANYON/INDIAN CREEK (two allotments, RETIRED 2013)

Location: SW Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Size: 12,069 acres
Wildlife: Bighorn sheep
Conflict:Domestic sheep are known to transmit diseases to bighorn sheep that can result in dramatic die-offs of the wild sheep

BLACKROCK/SPREAD CREEK (RETIRED 2003)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, South of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 87,000 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, gray wolves, bison
Conflict: This allotment experienced more conflicts between cattle and grizzly bears than any other in the Yellowstone ecosystem.

CACHE-ELDRIDGE (RETIRED 2008)

Location: SW Montana in the Gallatin National Forest, NW of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 9,200 acres
Wildlife: Bison, grizzly bears, gray wolves
Conflict: Chronic conflict between large carnivores and cattle, possible bison habitat

CANYON BADLANDS (RETIRED 2004)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Targhee National Forest, East of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 12,000 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, gray wolves, bighorn sheep
Conflict: Grizzly bears and wolves preying on domestic sheep, sheep transmitting diseases to wild bighorns

DUNOIR GRAZING ALLOTMENT (RETIRED 2008)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Shoshone National Forest, South of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 34,500 acre allotment
Wildlife: Gray wolves, grizzly bears, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep
Conflict: Severe conflict between cattle and wolves/grizzly bears; important winter range for elk, deer

HORSE BUTTE PENINSULA (RETIRED 2003)

Location: SW Montana on the Gallatin National Forest, West of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 2,200 acres
Wildlife: Bison
Conflict: Horse Butte has the distinction of being the very first allotment NWF retired. Bison would wander onto Horse Butte in the winter and early spring in search of grass and would be shot. Now, Horse Butte is a safe place where they can graze.

ICEHOUSE/WILLOW CREEK (RETIRED 2008)

Location: East Idaho on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, West of Yellowstone National Park
Size: Five allotments secured as part of the Icehouse/Willow Creek retirement totaling 33,714 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, gray wolves
Conflict: Grizzly bears and wolves preying on domestic sheep, being killed in return

ISLAND PARK (RETIRED 2004)

Location: Eastern Idaho on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, West of Yellowstone National Park
Size: Three allotments totaling 12,526 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears and wolves
Conflict: Long history of problems between grizzly bears and sheep. Retiring this acreage ended these conflicts and promoted connectivity in a critical wildlife corridor between Yellowstone, the Centennial Mountains, and the large central Idaho wilderness areas to the west.

JIM MOUNTAIN/DUNN CREEK/TROUT CREEK (RETIRED 2005)

Location: NW Wyoming on the Shoshone National Forest, East of Yellowstone National Park
ize: 16,800 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, gray wolves, bighorn sheep
Conflict: Long-term conflict between gray wolves and grazing sheep, disease issues with bighorns

MOOSE CREEK (RETIRED 2004)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, South of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 24,500 acres
Wildlife: Moose, grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, bison, mule deer, elk
Conflict: Grizzly bears and sheep, major problem with domestic sheep transmitting disease to nearby bighorn herds

SLIP AND SLIDE (RETIRED 2011)

Location: SW Montana in the Gallatin National Forest
Size: 7,235 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, wolves, bison
Conflict: Chronic trouble with cattle transmitting disease to grizzly bears, wolves, bison

WILLOW CREEK (RETIRED 2011)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest
Size: 38,773 acres
Wildlife: Grizzly bears, wolves, cutthroat trout
Conflict: Chronic conflict between grizzly bears, wolves, cutthroat trout and cattle livestock

WYOMING RANGE (RETIRED 2005)

Location: NW Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, South of Yellowstone National Park
Size: 67,500 acres
Wildlife: Gray wolves, bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, grizzly bears
Conflict: Chronic conflict between sheep and wolves

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