Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • National Bison Range to Close Temporarily Starting April 9, 2020

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is temporarily suspending public visitation and use at the National Bison Range, effective April 9, 2020. The suspension of operations is to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and employees in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the large increase in visitation experienced at the refuge in recent days that was precluding effective social distancing.

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  • Exciting internships this summer at NBR

    The National Bison Range has some exciting internships available this summer!

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  • Visitor Center Hours

    The Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30AM-4:00PM. The Visitor's Center may be periodically closed when staff is out on the refuge.

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    Every Kid in a Park

    We invite all fourth graders nationwide to obtain a free entry pass to federal public lands. For information on how, follow the link below.

    Every Kid in a Park

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Management and Planning News

Summer Internships at NBR

The National Bison Range has some exciting summer internship opportunities for 2020.

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National Bison Range Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Final Record of Decision

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its ongoing efforts to plan for the future of the National Bison Range, announces the availability of the national wildlife refuge’s final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and final Record of Decision (ROD). The final CCP will guide future management of the National Bison Range for the next 15 years.

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Wildlife Sightings

Picture of bighorn sheep on green hillside on National Bison Range. Most sheep are males or rams and have large curling horns. There are about 10 sheep in the photo.

Visitors and staff have been seeing lots of wildlife on the refuge.

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Noteworthy News


 A young bison calf, only a few days old, stands in front of its mother, its rusty red baby coat contrasting with the female’s dark brown hide. Photo taken on April 18, 2014 by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, NBR/USFWS

The National Bison Range Complex is in the process of developing comprehensive conservation plans to guide all management activities and programs of the national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts of the Complex.

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About the Complex

Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex

National Bison Range National Bison Range is managed as part of the Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge 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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