The National Bison Range - A Great Place to Visit When You're in Montana

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A great place to visit while you're in Montana is the National Bison Range. Located in Moiese, Montana, it's just a short drive from Missoula or Kalispell and is on the way to Flathead Lake. The wildlife and spectacular views of the Mission Mountains are worth the drive.

The National Bison Range is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  It was established in 1908 and is one of the oldest Wildlife Refuges in the nation.

A large portion of the 18, 500 acre Range consists of native Palouse prairie; forests, wetlands, and streams are also found here providing a wide range of habitats for wildlife.  Elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear, coyote and ground squirrels are just some of the mammals that share the area with 350 to 500 bison.  Over 200 species of birds also call this home including eagles, hawks, meadowlarks, bluebirds, ducks, and geese.

Fees are charged during the summer (mid-May to late October).  The Range is part of the U.S. Fee System and accepts Golden Passes and Federal Waterfowl Stamps.  Pay fees at the Visitor Center.



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