The Wildlife of Northwest Montana: A Guide to Great Species That Call This Area Home

Northwest Montana is home to a rich and diverse array of wildlife, with a variety of species that have adapted to the harsh winters and rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains. In this blog, we will take a closer look at some of the fascinating animals that call this region home.

Wild animals in northwest Montana from bear to mountain goats to bobcats to elk, deer and moose. Glacier Bear Condo is a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath vacation rental on Whitefish Mountain

Be Bear Aware When You’re Exploring in Montana

1. Grizzly Bears: Perhaps the most iconic species of the Rocky Mountains, grizzly bears are a highlight of any trip to northwest Montana. These stunning creatures can weigh over 600 pounds and are known for their distinctive hump on their backs. Grizzlies are typically reclusive, but visitors can sometimes spot them along hiking trails, or from the comfort of a car on scenic drives.

***Please note: We do have bear spray in our properties for guests to use on hikes. We also have backpacks, daypacks and hiking poles too. 

2. Mountain Goats: Often seen perched on the steep cliffs of Glacier National Park, mountain goats are an amazing example of adaptation to the rugged mountain landscape. Further, these goats are adept climbers, capable of scaling near-vertical cliffs with minimal effort. In fact, visitors can often spot them on the side of the road, or along hiking trails in the park.

3. Elk, Deer, and moose: Each with its distinctive antlers and stately grace, these three are symbols of the West and a wonderful sight in this region. These majestic animals can be seen grazing in the valleys and fields throughout the region. Sometimes, they can take on other worldly looks when they’re in the shadows of an early-morning mist. I qualities when f you’re up for an early hike or drive, be on the lookout.

4. Wolverines: Known for their toughness and tenacity, wolverines are a rare and elusive species that call the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains home. These carnivorous mammals are also known for their incredible strength and endurance. Further, they often travel long distances across snow and ice in search of prey.

5. Birds of Prey: Northwest Montana is a haven for birds of prey, including bald eagles, ospreys, and great horned owls. Of course, visitors can watch these birds soar overhead, dive into lakes and rivers in search of fish. If you’re lucky, you can even spy on them nesting in trees and cliffs.

Obviously, these are just a few of the many fascinating species that call northwest Montana home. From grizzly bears to mountain goats, elk  and birds of prey, the wild landscape of this region ensures a diverse mix of wildlife. And, it is a place that is sure to thrill nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

So, when you’re ready to book, come stay with us at Glacier Bear Condo.

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West Glacier Bear Cabin is Open During the Winter!


Visit our sister location, West Glacier Bear Cabin, inside Glacier National Park.  Oh, we’ve got you Glacier Bear Cabin is a cozy rustic 2 bedroom 1 bathroom cabin located in Apgar Village, around the corner from Lake McDonald. We are the perfect lodging to stay inside Glacier National Park. 3 On-site Kayaks, 2 Stand-Up Paddleboard, 2 E-bikes and 2 Mountain Bikes are on-site and included in your stay for guest use anytimecovered with our cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin when you want to stay close to the GNP action. And, it’s in a perfect location at Apgar Village, just around the corner from Lake McDonald.  And, you’ll love having on-site kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, mountain and e-bikes for our cabin guests to use anytime during their stay at the cabin.  Of course, you can choose one location or both! **Discounts are available if you want to stay at both properties**  



West Glacier Bear Cabin INSIDE Glacier National Park is now open DURING THE WINTER!! 

West Glacier Bear Cabin and Glacier Bear Condo Welcome you to Whitefish Mountain or Glacier National Park with two hotel properties to choose from for your vacation any time of the year