Press Release

Bear spray giveaway events scheduled in the Upper Snake

Hunters and anglers can recieve a free can of bear spray by attending one of the scheduled "Bear Spray Giveaway Events"

Recently the Fish and Game Commission awarded grant funding to the Western Bear Foundation to distribute free cans of bear spray in the Island Park area through the Commission Community Challenge Grant. This exciting grant program provides competitive funding for officially recognized non-profit organizations to implement projects that are broadly supported by the local sportsman community and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, populations, or associated recreational opportunities.

The Western Bear Foundation is a non-profit that operates in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming and is dedicated to the protection & development of bears, bear habitat, & bear hunting in the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. The WBF will use the grant funding to purchase cans of bear spray that will be given to recreationists who present a current, valid Idaho hunting and/or fishing license. The “Bear Spray Can Giveaway” events will be held as follows:

July 20, 2019 Ashton/Island Park Ranger Station 3726 Hwy 20, Island Park, ID
August 3, 2019 Teton Basin Ranger District 495 S. Main St., Driggs, ID
August 17, 2019 Henry’s Fork Foundation 801 Main St., Ashton, ID

Event restrictions:

  • The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last).
  • Must present a current Idaho hunting or fishing license show a photo ID.
  • Limit one can of bear spray per person; maximum of two cans per family.
  • Must be 16 or older to receive can of bear spray.

Bear Spray Event Flyer
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Becky Lewis