Animals in Montana

Montana is a state in the western regions of the United States. It is famously known as the ‘Big Sky Country’ for its diverse geography, vast expanses of prairies, towering mountains, and picturesque valleys. Such wild, rugged terrains and crystal-clear lakes provide a home to the state’s abundant wildlife. A portion of the Rocky Mountain Range lies in this state, providing a home for mountain animals like the grizzly bear, mountain goat, and pronghorn.

Numerous national parks and wildlife-watching spots attract countless outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The famous Yellowstone National Park is partially located in Montana. The Glacier National Park, Great Bear Wilderness, and the Continental Divide are some notable places offering a closer look at the state’s flora and fauna.

Animals in Montana (MT)

List of Different Types of Animals Found in Montana

The list mainly includes animals native to Montana. Still, there may be some non-native fishes and insects with settled populations in the state.



  • Western Meadowlark
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • House Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Snow Bunting
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Mountain Plover
  • Canada Goose
  • Western Grebe
  • Common Nighthawk




  • Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Bull Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Northern Pike
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Walleye
  • White Sucker
  • Longnose Sucker
  • Burbot
  • Goldeye
  • Mountain Sucker
  • Sauger
  • Channel Catfish
  • Black Crappie
  • Yellow Perch
  • Green Sunfish
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Tiger Muskie
  • Bowfin
  • Shortnose Gar

Insects and Invertebrates

Mollusks and Crustaceans

  • Signal Crayfish
  • Calico Crayfish
  • Circumpolar Fairy Shrimp
  • Giant Fairy Shrimp
State Animals of Montana

State Animals of Montana

State MammalsGrizzly Bear
State BirdWestern Meadowlark
State FishWestslope Cutthroat Trout
State InsectMourning Cloak Butterfly


What are the most dangerous animals in Montana?

Grizzly bears are the most dangerous animals in the state, followed by large to medium carnivores like the cougar, wolverine, gray wolf, and coyote. Ungulates like moose, pronghorn, and elk can also become aggressive if provoked. Additionally, there are deadly snakes and spiders like the prairie rattlesnake and southern black widow.

Are there any endangered animals in Montana?

Some well-known animals classified as endangered in this state are the black-footed ferret, whooping crane, least tern, pallid sturgeon, and white sturgeon. Some threatened species are the grizzly bear, Canada lynx, piping plover, and bull trout.

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