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National Bison Range, Moiese

#12 of 76 in Wildlife in Montana
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The National Bison Range (NBR) is a National Wildlife Refuge located in western Montana established in 1908 to provide a sanctuary for the American bison. The NBR is one of the oldest National Wildlife Refuges in the United States. The size of the bison herd at the NBR is relatively small, numbering between 350 and 500 individuals. The initial herd of American bison was provided by organizations such as the American Bison Society, and today the refuge serves as the central point for bison research in the United States.

The NBR consists of approximately 18,800 acres (7,600 ha) and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other nearby National Wildlife Refuges are managed as parts of the National Bison Range Complex and include the Lost Trail, Ninepipe, Pablo and the Swan River National Wildlife Refuges. Also affiliated is the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District.

The NBR has a visitor center, and two scenic roads that allow vehicular access to prime viewing areas. The refuge is approximately one hour north of Missoula, Montana with signs off of U.S. Highway 93 directing visitors to the entrance at Moiese, Montana, and the refuge headquarters.
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  • The Bison Range was open when we went--September 5--and I can only assume (or hope, rather) that it'll now be open Covid be darned. (This was to the few reviewers below who went in August and said it....  more »
  • After a rather lengthy ride through an interesting mountain environment-you come to a very large herd of interesting bison. They come right into the road and you are able to get a great view of these....  more »

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