Wildlife of Glacier National Park
Home to over 70 species of mammals, including grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx and 270 species of bird including the Golden Eagle,Glacier National Park has played host to human visitors for more than 10,000 years. The Native American Blackfeet occupied the plains to the east of the area whilst Salish and Kootenai inhabited the west traveling over the mountains to hunt in the east.
With over a million acres of forest, alpine meadows and mountain elevations up to the 10466 foot peak of Mount Cleveland it is no wonder that tribes ventured from near and far to vision quest in the area.
European explorers arrived initially in pursuit of pelts, then later for mining and settlement. The arrival of the Great Northern Railway in 1891 boosted both the local population and the number of visitors to the area and led to the area becoming designated a National Park in 1910.
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For general park information such as maps, Web cams and bear safety information,
check the following park Internet links to help you find answers to your questions:
Bear information: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/bears.htm
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