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National Bison Range, Moiese

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Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The National Bison Range (BR) is a nature reserve on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana established as a wildlife conservation area for the American bison. The size of the bison herd at the BR is between 350 and 500. The range serves as the central point for bison research in the United States.

Established as a National Wildlife Refuge established in 1908, the BR consists of approximately 18,800 acres (7,600 ha). The management is in the process of being transferred from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Other nearby National Wildlife Refuges are managed as parts of the Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex and includes the Lost Trail, Ninepipe, Pablo and the Swan River National Wildlife Refuges. Also affiliated is the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District.
The BR has a visitor center, and two scenic roads that allow vehicular access to prime viewing areas. The range is approximately one hour north of Missoula, Montana off of U.S. Highway 93 directing visitors to the entrance at Moiese, Montana, and the range headquarters.

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  • This was a great side trip with many bison visible along the three loops. Stayed in the car for the entire drive. Saw more bison on the last loop the day we visited. Donations accepted.  more »
  • We loved this drive and although we have been to Missoula many, many times this was our first time driving the National Bison Range. We love wildlife so seeing any wildlife would have been a bonus...  more »

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