After our short stay in Glacier NP we headed south to Missoula Montana and Jim and Mary’s RV Park for a few days. The next morning we headed for The National Bison Range to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat. The National Bison Range is a beautiful and historic wildlife preserve located in Montana. It was established in 1908 and covers over 18,500 acres of diverse habitats, including grasslands, wetlands, and forests. The range is home to a herd of bison, one of the largest and most important herds in the country, and is also home to a variety of other wildlife species, including pronghorn antelope, elk, deer, and coyotes.
We stopping at the Visitor center to learn more about the Bison. The history of the bison and their relationship with humans is a fascinating one. Bison once roamed the Great Plains in vast numbers, with an estimated population of 60 million animals. However, as the frontier expanded westward, bison populations declined dramatically due to overhunting and habitat loss. By the late 1800s, only a few hundred bison remained. The National Bison Range was established in part to help protect and preserve these magnificent creatures and their habitat. Click on thumbnail to view image
As we started our driving tour of the range, we were struck by the beauty of the landscape and the majesty of the bison. These massive beasts, with their shaggy fur and massive heads, are truly awe-inspiring. They graze calmly in the fields, occasionally raising their heads to look at passing cars.
We also got to see some of the other wildlife that calls the range home, including pronghorn antelope, elk, and deer. The range is an important habitat for these species, and it was amazing to see them in their natural setting. We also saw a variety of bird species, including the always curious Black Billed Magpie. The combination of stunning natural beauty and the opportunity to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat made this a truly unforgettable experience.