35 facts about Montana

11.Montana is also one of the states with the largest livestock industry.
There are 2.6 million beef cattle and over 18 thousand dairy cows. It is the sixth beef cattle producer among all the states.
12.It's a land of over 3200 lakes.
The largest natural one is Flathead Lake, with a surface area of 510 km2 (197 sq mi). The largest man-made lake in Montana is Fort Peck Lake, formed by Fort Peck Dam at Missouri River. Fort Peck Lake has an area of 990 km2 (382 sq mi).
13.Many dinosaur fossils are found in Montana.
Part of the Hell Creek Formation, which preserves animal and plant fossils from the Late Cretaceous period, is located in Montana territory. The Montana region is famous for animal finds, while the North and South Dakota regions are rich in fossilized plants.
14.The world's most extensive collection of fossils from Hell Creek is on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.
In 1998, Montana State University, the University of Washington, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of North Dakota, and the University of North Carolina launched a joint excavation program that resulted in numerous finds. One of the most recent successes was the discovery of a 20% complete skeleton of "Tufts-Love Rex," a Tyrannosaurus rex with a well-preserved skull.
15.In 1852 gold was discovered in Montana.
Since then, it took ten years for a gold rush to develop. Although Montana is not as rich in gold as other states, a lot of gold has been mined in the last 160 years. Considering how big Montana is, there are still many gold sites waiting to be discovered.
16.It is the only state to border three Canadian provinces.
It is bordered on the east by North Dakota and South Dakota, on the south by Wyoming, west and southwest by Idaho, and on the north by three Canadian provinces.
17.This is no surprise, as Montana has the largest wild grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.
In fact, these top predators are only found in four states: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington. The total Grizzly population in the United States is estimated to be over 1800.
18.Wild animals outnumber people here.
State populations of deer, elk, and antelope are far more numerous than humans.
19.The fauna of the state is very diverse.
There are 115 mammal, 427 bird, 20 reptiles, 14 amphibian, 90 fish species in Montana.
20.Most popular mammals of Montana.
Among others, the most popular and numerous are:

  • Grizzly bear (population: 800)
  • Lynx (population: 300)
  • Black Bear (population: 15,000)
  • Moose (population: 5,000)
  • Wolverine (population: 400)
  • Mountain Lion (population: 4,000)
  • Bighorn Sheep (population: 5,200)
  • Elk (population: 150,000)
  • Mule deer (population: 335,000)
  • Deer (population: 570,000)
  • Coyote
  • Wolf (population: 850)
  • Badger
  • Beaver
  • Otter
  • Porcupine
  • Mink
  • Bat
35 facts about Montana

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