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Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West

02.25.19

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Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West

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  • Fox pups enjoy a sunny afternoon in Central Montana grasslands. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Central Montana is home big horn sheep. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Over 250 bird species, like this singing meadowlark, inhabit the Central Montana region, making it one of the best locations in the country for birdwatching. Photo courtesy of Central Montana. - Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Central Montana is home to abundance of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Mule deer in Central Montana's Big Sky country. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Grizzly cub in spring. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Bluebird sighting. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Moose enjoy the scenery of Central Montana, too. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Bull elk. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Ermine stoats inhabit the Central Montana landscape. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
  • Great blue heron. Photo courtesy of Central Montana.- Central Montana: Best Wildlife Experiences in the West
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Central Montana is home to majestic mountain peaks, lush river valleys, sparkling waters, and vast grassy plains. With such a diverse landscape, it's no surprise that over 100 native mammals and 250 bird species call Central Montana home. Here's why Central Montana offers some of the best wildlife experiences in the west.

Authentic Animal Experiences

In Central Montana, wildlife still rules. That means while you are out enjoying the limitless outdoor experiences of the region, from hiking to boating to biking, you are also likely to see some of the magnificent animals—elk, deer, eagles, foxes, or bighorn sheep, to name a few—that reside here. And if wildlife viewing is your top priority, there are many designated wildlife management areas, like Ear Mountain, Blackleaf, and Sun River, that provide spectacular mammal and bird viewing opportunities.

Eagles, Elk, and Bears, Oh My!

With space to breathe and habitat rich in diversity, it's no wonder that you can see over 100 mammal and 250 bird species in Central Montana. Experience the echoing bugles of bull elk, the powerful clashes between bighorn sheep, the melodic call of a western meadowlark, or the playful nature of foxes. Witness a black bear snacking on fresh berries, the sweet white spots of whitetail deer fawns, or the iconic flight of an eagle. Central Montana provides no shortage of animal encounters to check off your bucket list.

Stunning Landscapes and Wide-Open Skies for the Perfect Photo Backdrop

Have you ever wanted to capture an impressive photo to go along with the memory of your wildlife experience? Central Montana makes it easy! Every view in every part of the region provides spectacular landscapes. From mountains to rivers to plains, you will find beauty in every corner. And, with our big skies, you can be sure to experience vibrant blues during the day and golden hues in the mornings and evenings. There is no better setting to create unforgettable wildlife memories.

Visit CentralMontana.com to learn more about the region's watchable wildlife, stunning landscapes, and big blue skies.

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Wide-open spaces. Gracious people. Where a rugged past meets a vibrant present. Central Montana remains an authentic experience unlike any other. Between Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, you'll find the genuine Montana you've been waiting for. You're invited. Make us a part of your journey.

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