Other Mammals

Bats, pronghorns, beavers, and wolverines – some of the lesser-examined mammals that inhabit southwestern Montana.

bobcat, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Haring, Mike
Following a photogenic bobcat.
Voles, Meadow vole, Outside Bozeman, Montana mammals
Knight, Phil
They're what's for dinner.
weasel, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Lee, Barbara
Pine marten with a sweet tooth.
Vinje, Eric
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Courtesy Yellowstone National Park
Lee, Barbara
All about Montana's horniest beast
David Galliard
Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx.
Jones, Andrea
Stealthy, independent, and elusive predators, mountain lions (or cougars) are unique creatures. While highly adaptable to different environments, mountain lions can live just about everywhere in Montana. Read more >>
Lee, Barbara
The open prairies and hills of southwest Montana are good areas to spot pronghorn antelope, the fastest distance runners in the world. Fans of the cheetah may argue that the African feline is faster, but they’re only correct if the distance is up to a quarter-mile or so. Read more >>
Emily Harris
With my two dogs—Mr. Magoo, an American bulldog, and Molly, a mastiff/Catahoula mix—in the back of my hatchback, I pulled into the Dudley Creek trailhead in Gallatin Canyon. Not quite a mile down the trail, Molly wandered off in the underbrush and I had Mr. Read more >>
Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance
Meghan O'Neal
Countless conservation efforts exist for Montana’s big game: elk, deer, and sheep all have organizations devoted to their continued wellbeing and population balance. But what about the mountain goat? Read more >>
Photo by Megan Paulson
Knight, Phil
There are a lot of annoying critters out there, both wild and domestic—packrats, mice, magpies, roosters, raccoons, possums, porcupines, and poodles to name a few. But as far as sheer destructiveness goes, nothing in my experience beats a marmot. Read more >>
Knight, Phil
Deer season has arrived at last, and you’ve put in your time waiting and stalking. You finally have one in your sights—but do you know if it’s a whitetail or a muley? You should be able to tell the species almost instinctually before you pull the trigger. Read more >>
Sarah Lavelle
With the snow falling in Bozeman, local biologists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the Forest Service, are underway with another season of capturing wolverines. Read more >>
Ken Sinay
Once the snow falls, there’s no better time than winter for “reading sign.” Whether snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or surveying the landscape from a chairlift, picking out animal tracks and trails can enhance any outdoor experience. Read more >>
Harrison, Melynda
Capable of speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, pronghorn (or antelope, as we call them around here), are the fastest land animals in North America. But no matter how fast they run, in Montana they're stopped in their tracks by fences. Read more >>
Lynette Kemp
Bats in Montana.
Chris Kurowski
One typical Saturday morning I found myself in the hills south of Livingston, unfolding my paraglider wing and setting off for an adventure in the warm autumn air. Daily Lake sparkled below as I sorted out the lines connecting the harness to the wing. Read more >>
Joe Gutkoski
For a long time I wanted to ski the 9,000-foot plateaus of the Spanish Peaks. In March of 1996, I made the decision to try it. To do this at Burnt Creek required wading the Gallatin River. Read more >>
Schwedler, Jon
Two hundred and one years ago this month, Merriweather Lewis sat down at a table in rainy Fort Clatsop and gave consideration to an animal the Indians called “pekan,” one he personally referred to as the “black fox.” He described it thus: Read more >>
Huelsmeyer, Susanne
The wind has died and sunset is not far away now. Birds are trilling in the bushes while insects hum and buzz above the peaceful wetland. Here and there, a fish rises to snatch an unsuspecting fly for dinner. Ducks squawk sleepily from further upstream. Read more >>
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