Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

The District provides excellent opportunities to view a variety of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species. Bird watching provides opportunities to see many northern prairie grassland species such as horned lark, vesper sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, and an occasional burrowing owl. Large ungulates such as mule deer and pronghorn are common, while native predators like coyote, red fox, and badgers are secretive and not commonly seen. Listen for amphibians such as the western chorus frog or northern leopard frog along the wetlands and watch for gopher snakes and rattlesnakes among the sagebrush sagebrush
The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.

Learn more about sagebrush
and shorelines.

We ask that you please help make a difference and help protect District lands and your wildlife resources when visiting. Please report wildlife violations and suspicious activity any time you see them to an officer. Every set of eyes and tips are helpful to officers. To report a violation, please email 24 hours a day or call:

NWR Violation Reporting Hotline: 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477)
State hunting and fishing violations: 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668) 

In non-emergency events or for general law enforcement questions, contact the CMR Headquarters (406)-538-8706 and ask to be directed to the officer who works in the area where you have questions. Please be advised that our officers are usually in the field, so leaving messages in their direct voicemail is often the best way to get in touch with one.