Wildlife

Photo: Tony Bynum

With its diverse terrain and intact ecosystem, it's likely no surprise that Glacier National Park is home to more than 70 types of mammals and more than 260 avian species, including bears, moose, elk and lynx. Grizzly bears and their cubs gather on sparsely timbered hillsides and tend to favor wild huckleberry patches, while wolverines and wolves roam hundreds of thousands of acres in the park's backcountry. Closer to trail and roads, and often viewable to visitors, mountain goats and bighorn sheep play on rock outcroppings or gather at natural salt licks.

When visiting Glacier National Park, it's important to keep in mind that the animals that live here are wild. Always be respectful, never feed or approach and keep your distance, especially when their cubs, kids
and babies are present.

Learn more about viewing Montana's wildlife safely here.