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wolf-friendly horseback riding company

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wolf-friendly horseback riding company

Considering the feelings of many ranchers in the area regarding wolves (and my love of wolves)-I would hate to be stuck on a half or full day ride through a ranch that hates them (nor would I want to give them my money). Could someone recommend any companies that they may have experienced who are definitely not anti-wolf? I almost booked a cabin this past winter only to find links to photos of guys holding dead wolves so I now try to be careful who I give my business to. I am maybe looking for a ride next weekend but this is mostly me thinking for summer-in the mountains not along pasture trails-half or full day ride (no 2 hour one) and it can be anywhere in or along the parks boundaries. The wolves and I thank you :)

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1. Re: wolf-friendly horseback riding company

Any outfitter that has hunting as part of their operation is generally going to be anti-wolf. However you will find that despite stereotypes many of these folks are as knowledgeable and considerate of the natural world as any "wolf lover." Attitudes are also moderating, mine among them. IMO you will also find that of the "pro" wolf outfitters out there some of them are just as polarized as the most rabid wolf haters and also have a somewhat warped sense of what the ecosystem should be, and may have next to no experience in the area.

If you are looking to take a summer horse packtrip into the wilderness for a few nights be just as careful choosing where you go as who you go with. I do not know the Northern part of the ecosystem that well or what outfitters are good or bad. I do however know many outfitters that have been on the southern end of the ecosystem for generations. My family doesn't do many wilderness packtrips anymore so I couldn't recomend them even if that weren't unethical and a violation of the terms of service. So I'll recommend these folks:

Dubois, WY Area: CM Ranch

Jackson, WY Area: Triangle X Ranch

I would look into adult/family programs at NOLS and Teton Valley Ranch as well.

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2. Re: wolf-friendly horseback riding company

Have you looked at the horse back rides IN the park, such as at Canyon or Roosevelt? I'm not sure how long their rides are, but I suspect they would have their heads on straight about wolves.

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3. Re: wolf-friendly horseback riding company

The Xanterra ones seem to only be 1 and 2 hour rides. I was surprised they did not have a half or full day option.

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4. Re: wolf-friendly horseback riding company

You're not likely to find anything available next weekend. But for this summer, I'd go with a park concession, rather than an outfitter who is involved in hunting, or running cattle or sheep on a ranch, and may have strong opinions about wolf predation. I don't see how this issue would come during a horseback ride, but that's up to you.

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I can't say for sure, but I believe that there are a handful of operators in the West Yellowstone/Big Sky area that are running horseback riding trips (not in the park - was that necessary?) that are in it for family tourism and not ranching or hunting trips. Maybe the West Yellowstone Chamber could help: http://destinationyellowstone.com/node/1869

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6. Re: wolf-friendly horseback riding company

Update: I asked a couple of friends in Gardner, and interestingly enough they both had the same recommendation: Kip Saile, Rockin HK Outfitters, in Paradise Valley. 406-333-4505

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7. Re: wolf-friendly horseback riding company

Another friend told me this: "Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters is owned by a guy named Jett and they are fantastic!"

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