Cowboys dig in against conservationists in battle for soul of American prairies

KC Weingart’s family has been rearing cattle on Montana’s Great Plains since 1913, when his grandfather Tony arrived with the first homesteaders.

Mr Weingart, his wife Terri and their two children still see themselves as upholding the cowboy lifestyle of their ancestors – with some modern additions.

“We don’t pack pistols but we move cattle with our horses, so I’d say that we’re cowboys,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in taking care of our land and having it produce.”

But ambitious plans to create the largest nature reserve in the continental US on their doorstep, dubbed the ‘American Serengeti’, have left them fearing for their way of life.

The proposal is being pushed by a conservation group…

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