Photos: Animals brave a long, cold Montana winter Apr 3, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Butte's wild critters wait for winter to pass Canada geese waddle along dried out patches of grass at Clark Park along Texas Avenue in Butte. Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard A bald eagle in winter sunshine A bald eagle perches on a dead tree on Friday afternoon near Warm Springs Creek outside of Anaconda in January. Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard A sunny winter day in Butte Horses are silhouetted as they cross a snowy field south of Butte, near the intersection of Continental Drive and Highway 2. Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard Urban deer in Missoula Oblivious to the traffic all around, an urban deer stops for a drink of water while wandering through traffic in the middle of an intersection on Missoula's South Side in January. KURT WILSON, Missoulian It's been a long winter for everyone Deer, lower left, rest in the Silver Bow Creek creek bed in Butte in early March. Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard Bighorn Sheep make annual appearance A herd of bighorn sheep grazes in a snow-covered field on Dec. 29 just outside of Anaconda along Montana Highway 1. Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard Blue Bird A bewildered blue bird sits on a snow covered fence contemplating its next course. Walter Hinick Wild horse in the Bitterroot Valley The grizzled face of a wild horse looks out over winter grasslands in the Bitterroot valley in February. TOM BAUER, Missoulian Bighorn sheep lick the road Bighorn sheep lick the road off I-15 near Craig in November Thom Bridge,thom.bridge@helenair Herd of elk on Mount Jumbo The herd of elk on Mount Jumbo near Missoula leave the open slope for the protection of the trees in early March. KURT WILSON, Missoulian Bighorn sheep in Ananconda A herd of bighorn sheep graze in a snow-covered field on Dec. 29 just outside of Anaconda along Montana Highway 1. Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard Bobcat on Mount Jumbo A bobcat sits next to a deer carcass on the south slope of Mount Jumbo about 100 yards from Interstate 90 in February. KURT WILSON, Missoulian Snowmelt Two deer nuzzle each other as they and some ducks congregate around a snowmelt pond in Missoula in late March. TOM BAUER/Missoulian Moose and calf hunker down in Missoula A cow moose, right, and her calf hunker down on East Pine Street in Missoula in early March. KURT WILSON, Missoulian Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Most Popular The best Best Western breakfast in all of North America can be found in Lusk, Wyoming One of Wyoming's largest oil companies just sold. Now what? More than half of Wyoming counties lost population last year The Kelly Walsh dance team honored a fallen classmate's legacy in what would have been her final performance Reports: Authorities searching for UW football signee swept out to sea at California beach promotion Research decades of articles the easy way! Visit our online archives for thousands of historical articles, obituaries and announcements. promotion Activate your digital access Already a subscriber? You've got unlimited access to Trib.com. Click here to create an online account, or link your existing account to your subscription.