Dear Tourists,

Soon many of you will be making your way to our beloved Montana. So it's time for our annual Public Service Announcement of What Not To Do When Visiting Montana.

First, let me say Welcome. Here in Montana, we have breathtaking scenery filled with snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, rivers, and streams, and an abundance of outdoor activities that you will find in very few places across this great land of ours.

Credit: Canva
Credit: Canva

I believe that you will find most Montanans friendly and helpful. This isn't our first rodeo and we're used to the millions that come to visit each year.  We understand that we live in a very special place and it's no surprise that you want to visit.

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However, we ask that you be respectful and courteous to retailers, tour guides, waitstaff, and locals during your stay. There are a few things to know if you're planning on visiting Montana, especially if you plan to visiting either Glacier or Yellowstone National Parks.

I bring this up because I came across a recent article that reminded me that not everyone is familiar with our state or the dangers that exist here. A recent complaint to the Yellowstone National Park Lodges reminds us that some folks should probably stay away.

According to the website Unofficial Networks, a visitor at Yellowstone had a strange request. While they seemed to enjoy their adventure at the park, they did have one request. They would like to see more "trained Grizzly Bears".

Credit: Yellowstone Lodge
Credit: Yellowstone Lodge

At first, it seems like a joke, except each year several encounters with tourists make most Montanans shake their heads. So, in case you were unaware, the animals you will encounter in the wild are just that, wild. They are not to be messed with, pet, or enticed in any way.  You are putting your life in danger when you do the above.

If you would like to see animals up close and personal, you should probably visit a Zoo.


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