The area around Red Lodge is full of wildlife. Moose, bear, elk, sheep, etc., all make their home from the foothills to the highest peaks and everywhere in between (That’s not to mention the countless bird species). These animals are inspiringly beautiful to see in the wild, but caution should always be taken to ensure that there is no human to animal contact; visual contact is often inevitable, but we humans should take every step to avoid anything further.
When you are out on the trails, it’s best to keep a “pack-it-in and pack-it-out” rule. Food and other human-related items produce smells that can attract wildlife. It’s a good idea to try to keep their environment as pristine and wild as possible. It’s also a good idea, especially when travelling through bear country to make noise that is distinctly human; an animal can hear your voice from far away, and will likely move elsewhere when it hears you coming.
If you happen to encounter a bear or moose on the trail, it’s best to do as little as possible, because there is always a chance the animal could be provoked to attack. All wild animals need space, and most will not attack if they have enough space. When you see a bear on the trail, especially when the animal seems to be at a safe distance, it’s important not to take the time to try to get pictures; back away calmly from the animal and don’t do anything erratic that might provoke it.
But that doesn’t mean that you need to worry about wildlife encounters when you are out and exploring the terrific mountainous landscapes that surround Red Lodge and Island at Rock Creek. The scenery, outdoor adventures, and wildlife make the area unique. If you are ready to book your first or next stay, call Island at Rock Creek today.