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“Bear Fair” to be hosted at Boundary County Fairgrounds on Sept. 30


Come learn the basics of how to live and recreate safely in bear country

If you live in North Idaho, you live in bear country, plain and simple. North Idaho is home to both black and grizzly bears, and living and recreating safely in their midst requires intentionality and specific training and skills.


To help with this, Idaho Fish and Game and other partners are happy to offer a free “Bear Fair” at the Boundary County Fairgrounds on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free and registration is not required. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided for those who attend, and folks can enter to win free prizes! What’s not to like about that?

During the event, participants will:

  • Receive bear spray training using inert bear spray canisters on our new remote-controlled charging grizzly bear.
  • Learn the basics of how to protect livestock, chicken coops, animals and beehives with electric fencing.
  • Have the opportunity to use a large cider press to make fresh apple cider. Please bring your own apples and containers.
  • Learn about our new livestock carcass pick-up program.
  • Learn about safely camping in bear country.
  • And much more!
Region 1 remote controlled grizzly bear.
Region 1 apple cider press for for bear education.

Bear Fair is a partnership among Fish and Game, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, The U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative, Farmer’s Bureau, the Idaho Conservation League and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

2023 Bear Fair at the Boundary County Fairgrounds in North Idaho

Please contact the Panhandle Regional office at (208) 769-1414 if you have any questions.

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