Wildlife of Montana

Rangers trap grizzly bear believed responsible for camper death

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials have captured a female grizzly and two of her three cubs in a campground near Yellowstone National Park where a man was killed and two others injured in a bear attack.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Wildlife in Montana

In Montana, everyone has a few wild neighbors. We’re not talking about the typical wild neighbors who throw all-night parties; we’re referring to antelope, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, eagles, trumpeter swans, bears, wolves, and more. In fact, Montana has a greater variety of wildlife than any other state in the lower 48. Think of us as a giant, natural animal preserve.

Montana’s Watchable Wildlife

If you want to find wildlife in Montana, this is a great place to start. Learn about the state’s major species, where to see them, and more.

Mammals – Montana Field Guide

Mammals of Montana – Wikimedia

Montana Fast Facts

  1. Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation. At Bowdoin National Wildlife
  2. The state boasts the largest breeding population of trumpeter swans in the lower United States.
  3. At the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle Migration Area west of Great Falls more golden eagles have been seen in a single day than anywhere else in the country.
  4. North of Missoula is the largest population of nesting common loons in the western United States.
  5. The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
  6. The Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area contains as many as 300,000 snow geese and 10,000 tundra swans during migration.

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