Montana is teaming with wildlife that need your respect, it is one of the reasons why we love this place. But for some "Content Creators" and tourists they feel it is a great place to capture that perfect "selfie" with some of the wildlife, please don't! We have ample wildlife in our majestic state that want nothing to do with you and your pics and we emphasize "wild" in wildlife, they are not tame, they are not pets and you are in their home. 

Bears- Montana has both Grizzly and Black bears. They can run 40 miles per hour, which is a lot faster than you! Stay as far away as you can.

Bison- The bison in Yellowstone wander freely and can be as close as the side of the road. You may be tempted to reach out and touch them, DON’T! A bison can pick you up and hurl you in the air like you are a rag doll and they can move deceptively fast. Stay at least 100 feet away.

Moose- Moose in real life are huge and they can hurt you. They can run 35 miles per hour and can use their hooves to take you out.


Cougars- We are seeing more and more cougars in cities these days. The are sneaky and can hang out in trees so you don’t know they are in the area. Be aware, they don’t want their picture taken either.

Rattlesnakes- The good news is that rattlesnakes warn you to stay away, please take their advice. A baby rattlesnake has just as much venom in a bit as an adult.

A Pretty Prairie Rattlesnake on a Gravel Road
Kerry Hargrove

Every year there are reports of another person who is injured or killed while getting too close to the animals, don’t be one of them. It doesn’t matter the animal, never get between an animal and their young. Enjoy our awesome state and be safe.

Yellowstone National Park Rebuilds After Historic Flooding

After catastrophic flooding damaged portions of Yellowstone National Park in June of 2022, major reconstruction was necessary to make the park passable again. The following are photos of the improvement projects at Old Gardiner Road and the Northeast Entrance Road. All photos are courtesy of the National Park Service, photographer Jacob W. Frank.

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