Many of the bears in Montana live in or near Glacier National Park , most of the others live in Yellowstone National Park, and other nearby wilderness areas. Many bears live in Montana and many people enjoy the outdoors, but surprisingly few people ever see bears.
In the valleys a dense coniferous forest is dominated by various species of spruce, pine and fir.
|Great Bear Wilderness|
|Great Northern Mountain and Stanton Glacier.|
|Location in Montana|
|Location||Flathead County, Montana , United States|
|Coordinates||48°11′10″N 113°35′03″WCoordinates: 48°11′10″N 113°35′03″W|
North America is home to about 55,000 brown bears; wherein Western Canada has roughly 25,000 bears, while the United States has about 30,000. Most of the U.S. brown bears live in Alaska with a small population of about 1,500 in the lower 48 states of Montana , Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington .
Now, they are found only in four U.S. mainland states: Washington, Idaho, Montana , and Wyoming where fewer than 2000 remain. Brown bears are far more numerous in the state of Alaska where there are an estimated 30,000 bears —about 95% of the entire population in the United States.
The 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program’s annual report found that there are about 900 wolves in the state. According to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks news release, the most recent surveys estimate there were 961 wolves in 2015 and 851 in 2016.
MOUNTAIN LIONS IN THE STATE OF MONTANA Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) overestimates the state’s mountain lion population at 5,330 animals. The actual number may be less than half of that.
Currently grizzly bear distribution has been reduced to 5 areas in the western United States, including the Northern Continental Divide in northwestern Montana. The grizzly population in this area includes Glacier National Park and adjacent areas in Canada, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
BOZEMAN — Recreationists in southwest Montana reported having more encounters with grizzly bears in 2019 than in recent years. Grizzly bears are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Fatal black bear attacks on humans are so rare — more so than any other species of bear — that they occur on average of once per year across North America, Garshelis said. In addition, about one black bear out of 1 million will attack a human in a predatory manner, Rogers said.
In North America, grizzly bears previously ranged from Alaska down to Mexico and as far east as the western shores of Hudson Bay; the species is now found in Alaska , south through much of western Canada, and into portions of the northwestern United States (including Washington , Idaho , Montana and Wyoming ), extending as
While the majority of their living range is Alaska and Northwestern Canada, they are also found in small areas of the lower 48 states , including: Northwestern Montana, Yellowstone National Park, Northern Utah and a very small section of Northwestern Washington.
The average brown bear encounter is more dangerous —3.5 times more likely to result in injury—than the average polar bear encounter, and 21 times more dangerous than the average black bear encounter, according to Smith and colleague Stephen Herrero, professor emeritus at the University of Calgary in Canada.
Bears prefer to avoid people whenever they can. In fact, most people never know they are close to a bear before it vanishes into the forest. Each year countless interactions occur between people and bears without harm. But on rare occasions a meeting between a bear and human results in human injury or even death.
It involves moose along the Rocky Mountain Front, Big Hole Valley in southwestern Montana and the Cabinet Valley south of Libby in northwestern Montana . The state’s moose population is believed to be roughly 5,000, with the largest number spread across western Montana .