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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.


Refuge News

National Bison Range Complex CCP planning website

The Service is developing comprehensive conservation plans (CCP) for the National Bison Range Complex

Planning Site

Planning Email Updates


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Planning Updates Newsletter

Dahl Lake Restoration

Dahl Lake Restoration aerial photos

Dahl Lake was restored by Refuge staff in 2004. By 2011, the lake had tripled in size increasing production and use by waterfowl, red-necked grebes, geese and several species of shorebirds.

Wetland Restoration

Refuge Species of Concern - Canada Lynx

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The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to carry out conservation (recovery) programs for listed species and to ensure that agency actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of listed species or adversely modify or destroy their critical habitat.

Species of Concern
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

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

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS