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Montanans' love for fish and wildlife is reflected in our rates of participation in outdoor activities. We do more outdoors than Americans in general, and even more than people in our region. Similarly, people from elsewhere know Montana as a place of natural riches. The nearly 10 million annual visitors to Montrana state represent 10 times Montana's resident population and account for about 43,000 jobs, for an economic impact of $2.75 billion annually.

In addition to hunting and fishing, wildlife watching is listed consistently by Montanans and visitors as one of their primary activities in this state. Communities throughout Montana have developed birding trails, wildlife festivals, enhanced fishing opportunities and added amenities and attractions that cater to hunters.

Montana’s fish and wildlife riches are very much a part of what defines Montana and Montanans.

These fish and wildlife web pages provide information about every aspect of Montana’s fish and wildlife story. You will find information about conservation, management, rehabilitation, research, disease, habitat, and living with wildlife. Of course, you can find more specific information about fishing, hunting, and trapping in Montana or visit the Montana Animal Field Guide for more specific species information.

Greater Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bear Delisting

Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting

After nearly 41 years under Endangered Species Act protection, the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Area has reached recovery. Once the delisting rule is final, this ESA success story will mean management of the bears in the GYA will transition to the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Conservation efforts in Montana and by Montanans have been instrumental in recovery of this iconic species. Learn more


Cold Warriors

Image of article from Montana Outdoors Magazine

Maybe the meadowlarks and mourning doves have the right idea: When the snow flies, take the first flight out of here. So where does that leave bears, deer mice, frogs, and other wildlife when Montana's long, cold winter sets in? Like you and me, they're stuck here for the duration, dealing with it. Full Story