Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge

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Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge
LocationFlathead County, Montana, United States
Nearest cityKalispell, MT
Coordinates48°10′03″N 114°49′45″W / 48.16750°N 114.82917°W / 48.16750; -114.82917Coordinates: 48°10′03″N 114°49′45″W / 48.16750°N 114.82917°W / 48.16750; -114.82917[1]
Area8,834 acres (35.75 km2)
EstablishedAugust 24, 1999
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteLost Trail National Wildlife Refuge

Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is a 8,834-acre (3,575 ha) National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in Montana.[2][3] Established in 1999, it is one of the newest National Wildlife Refuges in the U.S. and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The refuge was originally a sprawling horse and cattle ranch dating back to the late 19th century and was known as the Lost Trail Ranch. The refuge consists of prairie and wetlands, and has a wide diversity of plant and animal species, including over 100 species of birds such as canada geese, sandhill crane, wood duck, green-winged teals and herons. Several species of grouse also inhabit the refuge. Predatory bird species such as the great horned owl and red-tailed hawk are also found here.[4]

Both the threatened grizzly bear and the endangered gray wolf live in the region, but mammals most commonly found include white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose and the black bear. The less common wolverine, badger, lynx, bobcat and marten have been recorded on the refuges known species list.[4]

The refuge is located about 40 mi (64 km) west of Kalispell, Montana, following U.S. Highway 2.[4] It is not permanently staffed and has few improvements. As a part of the National Bison Range Complex, this refuge is managed from the headquarters of the National Bison Range.


  1. ^ "Dahl Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Dahl Lake, MT (Map). Topoquest (USGS Quads). Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Annual Report of Lands Under Control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" (pdf). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. September 30, 2010. p. 23. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved February 22, 2014.

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