Protecting wildlife movement corridors across the High Divide

Project Description

This project implements State Wildlife Action Plan priorities to protect wildlife movement corridors across the High Divide region of southwest Montana and eastern Idaho.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Beaverhead County, MT

Project Sites

  • WCS: protecting wildlife corridors across the High Divide

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • The goal of the project is to assess the suitability of the High Divide Region as a major linkage ecosystem for grizzly bears, wolves, cougars, black bears and wolverines in the northern Rockies. Conservation Objective: To maintain and enhance the High Divide Region as a linkage zone for large carnivores and other species of wildlife between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.
    Progress: To date WCS has gathered large datasets on wolverine, grizzly bear, cougar, wolf and black bear habitat use, movements, population densities/sizes, etc in the High Divide Region. WCS data have been used to inform large carnivore managment and conservation in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Updates can be found on our website at:

Consistent With Plans:

  • Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Local Land Use Plan
  • Forest Plan
  • Species Recovery Plan
  • Federal Land Management Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
  • Human Habitats
    • Agriculture
      • Pasture / Hay
      • Cultivated Crops
      • Old Field, Abandoned Cropland or Recent Clearcuts
    • Urban and Residential
      • Suburban Habitats (Moderate Intensity Developed)
      • Rural Residential (Low Intensity Developed)
      • Urban Habitats (High Intensity Developed)
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Alpine and Subalpine Habitats (Meadows, Parklands and Shrublands)
    • Grasslands
    • Shrublands and Steppe
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
    • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
    • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

  • American Black Bear Ursus americanus
  • Brown Bear Ursus arctos
  • Cougar Puma concolor
  • Gray Wolf Canis lupus
  • Wolverine Gulo gulo

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Research In Progress 2004 2011
Develop a wildlife management plan In Progress 2008 2010
Other - Species conservation and management: Management to reduce human-wildlife conflict to enhance carnivore connectivity In Progress 2007 2015
Other - Monitoring: Monitoring of carnivore use of High Divide Region In Progress 2004 2015


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Jon Beckmann (Conservation Scientist)
Wildlife Conservation Society

General Information

Project #: 1792
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


Bureau of Land Management
Fremont Growth Solutions
Idaho Fish & Game
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
United States Forest Service (Caribou-Targhee National Forest)


WCS Centennial Carnivore Connectivity Study Link

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