Watch Out! These 5 Montana Animals Among Most Dangerous
Oh our beautiful Montana. Full of spectacular mountain views, endless fishing, hiking, and skiing. Two national parks, numerous museums, and land for miles are all part of the perks of living in the 4th largest state.
But let's be real, it's not all rainbows and butterflies. Among the endless miles of land and mountains, there is a chance you could run into one of these deadly animals.
There are numerous deadly animals here in Montana, but let's just take 5 and go with it.
5 Deadly Montana Animals You Could Run Into In Montana
It's important to be "Bear Aware" while in Montana or any state that has bears for that matter.
- DO NOT RUN.
- Remain calm.
- Group together and pick up small children.
- Continue to face the bear and back away slowly, talking calmly to identify yourself as a human.
- If the bear continues to approach, try to scare it away by making yourself as large and imposing as possible by stretching your arms overhead and making loud noises.
- Carry and know how to use bear spray, which is available at many outdoor retailers and can be used to deter a charging bear.
Prairie Rattlesnakes prefer open dry country but are also found in forest areas as well. You will most likely encounter a rattlesnake on south-facing slopes and in areas with rock outcrops.
There are around 5300 mountain lions in Montana and they tend to hang out in brushy areas, which include mountains and flatlands. Mountain lions are mostly spotted in the western and central parts of the state, although more have been reported in the eastern part of the state recently.
The once almost extinct wolverine has been growing in numbers since the 1900s. They prefer heavily forested areas to call home and Montana is home to around 350.
Spotted in the woodlands frequently, you can also find them in hallow logs, caves, and between boulders. For the most part, bobcats stay away from civilization unless they are looking for cattle or have been limited to food in their natural environment.
The list of deadly Montana animals could continue on with Bison, scorpions, etc., but here is just a short list of what you could encounter in the Treasure State.
cc: Field Guide MT, Forest Service US Dept. Of Agriculture, Outside Magazine