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    Wildlife of Lost Trail NWR

    Boreal Toads - Montana Species of Concern. These toads may wander miles from their breeding sites by slowly walking or by short hops.

    Amphibians and Reptiles

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    Wildlife of Lost Trail NWR

    Gray Wolves are protected on Lost Trail NWR. Their howls can occasionally be heard echoing through the valley at night.

    Wolves of Lost Trail NWR

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    Wildlife of Lost Trail NWR

    Lewis's Woodpecker are unusual woodpeckers - they catch flying insects on the wing!

    Songbirds, Owls and Raptors

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    Wildlife of Lost Trail NWR

    After being absent for many years, Trumpeter Swans have returned to nest on Dahl Lake. One pair produced 3 cygnets in 2013.

    Waterfowl and Swans

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    Wildlife of Lost Trail NWR

    The State of Montana introduced elk into Pleasant Valley in 1927. Currently, well over 200 elk overwinter on the Refuge.


Hunting on Lost Trail


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Hunting is both an American tradition and a wildlife management tool. As a management tool, hunting helps to balance the number of animals with the available forage. At Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge, hunters must comply with Montana State regulations to hunt elk, deer, upland game birds, or turkey. Maps (showing Refuge lands open to hunting) and regulations are available at kiosks and parking areas throughout the Refuge.

Hunting on Lost Trail NWR

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

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Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is the northern most unit of the National Bison Range Complex. It is located along Pleasant Valley within the Salish Mountains in north-west Montana.

Lost Trail is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 05, 2015
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