July 27, 2017

The animals on one beautiful summer drive in Montana

Pretty fox in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

I can say over and over what a special place Montana is, but you just won’t know until you get here.  You have to breathe in the fresh air, feel the emptiness, jump in a crystal clear lake, and hike its mountains to know what I am talking about.  You visit once, and you will want to come back again and again.  The animals you have the opportunity to see here are going to give you memories to last a lifetime.

Matt and I love to drive around the state, and we end up driving around quite often.  There are so many beautiful areas that are accessible by vehicle, which is extremely helpful if you have children in tow, so that you don’t have to walk far!

I wanted to share the animals we saw on ONE drive in Montana.  Also, we did not see these animals in a national park.  They were just along the road where we were driving.  (Visiting Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park are a great way to see animals, too!!)

First, we saw this playful little fox.  We watched him jumping, rolling, running, and finally … he caught a mouse.  He didn’t seem too bothered by us in his quest for food.

Fox caught a mouse in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Fox caught a mouse in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

We continued our drive once he finally ran off into the distance.  We drove by lots of cattle on several ranches.

Cattle on a Montana ranch, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Cattle on a Montana ranch, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

You will see so many birds in Montana, especially birds of prey.  Unfortunately, I do not know that many “types” of birds, so I am of no help there.  But they are all beautiful in their own right, and eagles and the like are especially visible in open fields where they are always looking for mice.  The number of Bald Eagles that you can see if you look for them will amaze you.  (Note: the next picture is NOT a Bald Eagle, I am not sure what kind of bird of prey this is.)

Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

We were fortunate enough to see a doe antelope running through a field with its cute little baby.  It is always wonderful to see the new spring animals.

Doe antelope and its baby in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Doe antelope and its baby in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

And then we saw this gorgeous female deer.  She appeared underweight still from the winter.  She stopped and watched us for a while.

Beautiful doe deer in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Beautiful doe deer in Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Just when I thought that the day could not get any better, and we were ready to head home, we saw an animal in the distance.  We thought from a distancethat it was a cat, with its short, pokey ears.

Owl alongside a Montana road, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Owl along a Montana road, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

But as we got closer, we saw that it was an owl.  What an amazing thing to see in the wild.  It seemed like it was a baby owl to me, and it appeared injured, or perhaps to young to fly (I don’t know anything about owls), but it just sat there as we drove right up next to it.  It hopped into the grass, but did not make it far.  It made for a great photo opportunity, and then we promptly called the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to report the owl so that an officer would go help it.

Owl along a Montana road, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Owl along a Montana road, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

You will also want to keep your eyes peeled for my wild dog, Frank!

Frank, my dog, enjoying the summer sunshine, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Frank, my dog, enjoying the summer sunshine, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

I hope you are able to see lots of animals while you are visiting Montana, also.  Open fields are an excellent place to see a variety of animals, and the more time you spend driving and looking, the better your chances will be.  All of the photos here are all from one day, so just imagine the possibilities of viewing wildlife in Montana!!

Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

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