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AUS: Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle Region Repeated cattle attacks led to the decision to euthanize a grizzly bear in northern Idaho

On August 4, Idaho Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a large adult male grizzly bear in Boundary County near the town of Porthill. This spring and summer there has been a series of livestock losses to grizzly bears and Game received a report on August 2nd of four sheep attacked and killed and two other sheep injured near Porthill. After further investigation by Fish and Game Conservation Officers and Wildlife Services, the bear was confirmed to be a grizzly bear. On the evening of August 2, traps were set to capture the bear, and although the bear returned to the area, it did not enter the trap. The bear killed another sheep when it returned that night, August 3. The traps remained in place and any additional animals were cooped up in a makeshift electric fence to try to prevent further livestock losses. The bear returned again on August 3 and was successfully captured overnight. Due to the bear’s repeated behavior of killing livestock in close proximity to a home, the bear was euthanized after its capture. The decision was made taking into account the safety of people and property. Grizzly bears in Idaho are protected federally under the Endangered Species Act, so any management action is done in consultation and collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Bears learn quickly. Bears learn behaviors quickly, especially those related to access to easy food sources. The series of grizzly bear and farm animal encounters in northern Idaho this spring and summer is a reminder of that. In response to the incidents over the past few months, Fish and Game is reminding livestock owners and recreational athletes of some important tips to help keep people and livestock safe. If you own livestock or property, electric fences are the most effective grizzly bear deterrent. If you have livestock, secure them in a barn overnight or enclose them in an electric fence. Properly dispose of attractants, including garbage, animal carcasses, compost, cattle feed and beehives. resilient place. Store pet food as safely as you would your own. Bears like pet food just like your pet. Avoid filling birdhouses until wintertime. Do not bury or throw rubbish in the nearby woods. Make sure to clean your grills and if possible keep them in a building Bear Country: Wear bear spray and know how to use it. If possible, do not hike alone. Watch out for bear signs or current activity (tracks, droppings, torn logs and snags). When hiking, make a lot of noise to avoid surprise a bear. Never approach bears, always stay at least 300 feet away. Do not interrupt bear activity. Never feed bears. Never run if you encounter a bear location. Watch this helpful video for more details. We are here to help. The first is a Senior Conservation Officer for Grizzly Bear Enforcement and Education and the second is a Seasonal Biologist for Grizzly Bear Management and Education. The positions exist to respond to conflicts between grizzly bears and humans, work with landowners to prevent future bear conflicts, and provide bear education and outreach. Both locations are outside of Boundary County and as part of their program, supplies and support for grizzly bear-human conflicts can be provided to the public. Landowners can request support and a variety of educational materials on “Life in Bear Country” by contacting the Panhandle Regional Office at (208) 769-1414. We encourage the public to use the resources we have at our disposal to help. In addition, there are other cost-sharing programs by other organizations to reduce human-bear conflict. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Panhandle Regional Office. You can also follow the Panhandle Region Facebook page for regular news and updates.

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