Ever Wanted a Close-Up Experience with Bison in Montana?

Part of the charm of Montana is of course the landscape.  From mountain ranges to breathtaking break country, we pretty much have it covered in the outdoors of our state.  The other part that makes us unique is our wildlife.

Furry creatures abound, including some of the original bison that roamed across Big Sky Country.  While nearly hunted to extinction in the 1800's, there is a group that is working to preserve those bloodlines and traditions of bison in Montana.

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The National Bison Range in Northwestern Montana and Flathead Valley

Established as the National Bison Range in 1904, the facility is now just known as the Bison Range and is located on the Flathead Reservation.  Overseen by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the area offers preservation of the original herds of bison.

As a wildlife refuge under their supervision, the Bison Range's mission is:

to preserve the cultural relationship between the tribe and the bison herd, protect our native ecosystems, and educate the public about the importance of wildlife conservation. Our vision is to install a deeper understanding of environmental stewardship in future generations.

How To Volunteer at the Bison Range in Montana

Each year, the Bison Range looks for volunteers to help with their mission.  If you are interested in learning more about the bison tradition in Montana and our Native American history relation to them, they want you to apply.

The purpose of the program is to:

give opportunities to the public to get involved with wildlife conservation and learn valuable skills. Inviting volunteers to join the Bison Range team not only helps improve our operations but also allows us to deepen our relationship with local communities. It is incredibly important to the Bison Range to be welcoming to all volunteers and treat them with respect and appreciation.

To apply, fill out this application from their website.

Balsam Root in bloom at Bison Range

Gallery Credit: William Munoz/Missoula Current

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A Gallery Of High Planes Wyoming Winter Bison

Special thanks to Grandpa Rich of Thermopolis Wyoming for these photos.

Each morning Grandpa drives up to check on the herd in Hot Springs County Wyoming.

As he drives around he takes photos and sends them to me.

An audience of 1 is not enough.

That's why I'm sharing them with you.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

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