Glacier Nat Park

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Glacier Nat Park

The area that is now Glacier National Park was first inhabited by Native Americans. It was dominated by the Blackfeet in the east and the Flathead in the western regions. The park was establishment of the park on May 11, 1910 and a number of hotels and chalets were constructed by the Great Northern Railway soon after.

Large mammals such as the grizzlymoose, and mountain goat, as well as rare or endangered species like the wolverine and Canadian lynx, inhabit the park. Hundreds of species of birds, more than a dozen fish species, and a few reptile and amphibian species are also seen. Large forest fires are uncommon in the park. However, in 2003 over 13% of the park burned.   A very dry season also resulted in large fires in 2015.

Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada—the two parks are known as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and were designated as the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932.

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