Since most of Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is composed of open water, resident animals include those dependent on, and able to live with, water. Common mammals include muskrat, striped skunk, mink, field mice, and meadow voles. A few white-tail deer will be seen on the uplands.Learn More
Grizzly bears will sometimes move down from the Mission Mountains to forage on sedges and grasses, and to hunt for rodents on Ninepipe NWR and surrounding lands. The bears need to cross Highway 93 to reach this area and, unfortunately, one or two bears are killed each year. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Department of Transportation are working together to develop crossings, both under-highway passes and wildlife bridges, to reduce casualties, not only for bears, but other wildlife using the Refuge and surrounding areas. Many have already been installed along Highway 93 both north and south of the Refuge and are monitored to determine effectiveness. Designs for the Ninepipe area are in the works. Click on "Learn More" to go to the Tribes’ Wildlife Crossing webpage.