Fish and wildlife that have disappeared from other parts of the West are still abundant in Montana. But the pressures have never been greater: diseases, invasive species, and pollution threaten our fish and wildlife. MWF works to keep big game abundant, sportfish plentiful, and nongame species from becoming endangered.


Montana has some of the highest quality populations of big-game in the western United States. Elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, and pronghorn antelope are just a few of the species that are considered abundant throughout the state. MWF works to ensure that game populations are managed using the best available science and not political influence or special interests.


While Montana may have some of the most abundant wildlife populations in the world, our wildlife is not without threat. Many species are now under threat from development, unsustainable resource extraction, and a changing climate. MWF fights to ensure these species have the adequate protection needed in terms of habitat quality and connectivity to maintain strong population levels and avoid becoming endangered. MWF also works with state officials to assist in developing statewide recovery plans for currently listed endangered and threatened species.


In recent years, the sage-grouse was proposed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. A historic conservation effort across 11 Western states is helping reverse the decline and keep the species from becoming endangered. That effort is threatened by politicians who want to hijack the sage-grouse conservation plans and transfer control of public land to states.

Contain the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Pledge

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an always fatal, easily transmissible disease affecting ungulate species throughout North America. CWD is currently spreading throughout Montana’s elk, deer, and moose populations and is of top concern for wildlife officials. Currently, scientists and wildlife managers are searching for steps to both halt disease spread and lower disease prevalence in wildlife populations. As the voice of hunters in Montana, MWF has been actively involved in CWD management at the legislative level and through outreach to hunters.