Bison Range now on Winter Schedule
The Bison Range is now on Winter hours with the Winter Drive open through early May.
Please Visit Us!
Don’t forget, the National Bison Range is open daily for you to travel the available scenic drives - road conditions permitting, of course.
Visitor Center Hours during Holiday
The Visitor Center is closed weekends and Holidays. Click on the link below for dates and days.
Did I See a Wolf?
It could be. Coyotes are much more common but wolves do move through the area and a few established packs are in the surrounding mountains.
How to tell Wolves and Coyotes Apart
The National Bison Range front gate is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. And the Winter Drive is now open through early May.Operating Hours
About the Complex
Three other National Wildlife Refuges as well as a Wetland Management District can be discovered along with the National Bison Range throughout the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys.
National Bison Range is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
- November 19, 2013
This weasel is ready for the winter - already in its white coat although snowfall at the Bison Range has been limited to just a few dustings so far. This little predator turns white in the winter, except for a black tip on its tail. This can be helpful camouflage, when there is snow on the ground. During the summer, it will wear brown on its back. It’s difficult to tell if this is a long-tailed or short-tailed weasel at the distance it was seen and photographed – they are similar other than body size and length of tail. This little predator was spotted near the end of the Winter Drive – standing out in its white coat. Photographed by volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.Learn about other Bison Range Mammals
There is much going on at the National Bison Range with the changes in weather, changes in season. Check out what visitors and staff are seeing while they travel through the Refuge. And let us know what you’ve spotted on your most recent trip.Recent Sightings
We don’t really have buffalo in North America. The true buffalo are the Cape buffalo of Africa and the water buffalo of Asia. However, the American bison has been called “buffalo” for so long that we use the names interchangeably. Technically, these North American animals are bison and, sure enough, their scientific name is 'Bison bison', while buffalo are in the 'Bubulus' genus. All are related in the cow family but they have some physical differences, including horn shape and type of fur.
To find out about more fun facts and trivia, follow the link.Bison Quick Facts
All it takes is the sight of red calves dotting the early spring landscape to understand that the Fish and Wildlife Service mission “for future generations” does not just refer to people.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Tick photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org, Cape buffalo photo. ©John Storr, Wikimedia., 2013 Bird Day poster. ©Environment for the Americas
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013