She wins friends for lions, wolves and bears

Coble, Melynda
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p7
This article profiles Janelle Holden, coexistence director for the nonprofit organization Predator Conservation Alliance. She lives in Livingston, Montana. Her parents were Republican legislators and she also followed her parents' political path. During college, she worked with Montana Senator Conrad Burns, and later served as assistant communications director for Senator Larry Craig of Idaho. After some time she moved to Colorado to work for two small-town newspapers. A few years later, she joined the nonprofit Predator Conservation Alliance in Montana. Holden and her colleagues in the organization found that, although conservationists were winning a lot of bat ties on behalf of predators in the courtroom, they were not gaining many new allies on the ground. They decided to help those conservationists. And Range Riders Project was launched. It is one of several that Holden manages and it aims to do work in partnership with the Madison Valley Ranchlands Group, an association of ranchers in southwest Montana. The project has hired riders to patrol the sage-brush and stay near the livestock 24 hours a day. They hope that the presence of humans and horses will deter wolves.


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