Wildlife Biology

The University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program provides students with an extensive knowledge of ecology, population biology, wildlife biology and critical thinking and quantitative skills. Our students become leaders, bringing science to the dynamic management of wildlife and fish populations and their habitat, communities, and ecosystems. The Wildlife Biology Program is a joint program with the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, Division of Biological Sciences, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. We are ranked #1 in the U.S. and Canada for the quality and productivity of faculty research.


The Wildlife Society UM Student Chapter volunteers on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, in partnership with MT Fish Wildlife and Parks and the Backcountry Horsemen of Montana to remove more than 20 miles of hazardous fencing to improve wildlife habitat.



Wildlife students volunteer for Defenders of Wildlife Wolverine Watch program, setting camera traps and hair collection stations in the Bitterroot Mountains to help monitor for wolverines in this rugged wilderness area just south of Missoula.