Within our regional boundaries, we have more than 22,000 square miles, thousands of waterfalls, lakes and streams, not to mention numerous wilderness areas and Glacier National Park—one of the most intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states. Living within this terrain are numerous species of wildlife, including grizzly bear, black bear, bison, whitetail deer, mountain goat, elk, moose, wolves and eagles. Read more about wildlife in Glacier National Park.
When viewing wildlife in Montana, remember to keep them wild. Please don't feed them and always view from a safe distance.
Montana is for the birds. And they sure are pretty. Check out our birding page for more.
Larger wildlife that make their home here include grizzly bears, lynx, black bears, moose, wolverines, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, coyotes and wolves. The region is also home to badgers, beavers, otters, porcupines, mink, bats and more. For more on Montana's wild things, visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Our streams, river and lakes are home to a variety of fish, including bull trout (practice catch and release as they are a threatened species), lake trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, whitefish, bass, pike and more. For more, check out our information on fishing in Glacier Country or Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Western Montana is also home to a variety of insects, including centipedes, millipedes, beetles, spiders, moths and more. During late summer, grizzly bears feast on moths living under loose rocks on steep mountainsides. Read the National Park Service's entry on insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes for more information on this complex habitat in Glacier National Park.
It's important to remember that many types of wildlife call Western Montana home. Many grizzly and black bears travel the forests, trails and terrain of Glacier Country. The grizzly bear is identified by a distinctive hump on its shoulders. Typically its coat is dark brown, but can vary from very light cream to black. Grizzlies reach weights of between 400 and 1,500 pounds and can stand up to eight feet tall on their hind legs. They also move very quickly and can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
When recreating in bear country, it's important to follow and practice certain rules and guidelines.
Read more about bear safety.