American Black Bear


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    Black Bear Cub to be Rehabilitated

    A young black bear cub, taken from the wild by a well-meaning citizen, was deemed a good candidate for rehabilitation and now resides with a licensed rehabilitator in central Idaho. Like others across Idaho, the rehabilitator operates under a permit issued by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

    The young male cub will have a buddy, sharing a paddock with another cub of similar age.

    While this story has a happy ending, it serves as a reminder that removing any big game animal from the wild is illegal under Idaho law.

  • Draw Results Available Now...

    Second controlled hunt draw results now online

    Results of the second controlled hunt drawing have been posted.
    Lookup results  Unclaimed tags

  • Hunters still have a second chance at big game controlled hunt tags and Super Hunt tags

    Hunters who were unsuccessful in the first drawing for big game controlled hunts still have a chance at over 2,540 tags available in the second controlled hunt drawing.

    There are 1,123 tags for deer, 1,259 tags for elk, 127 for pronghorn, and 34 for black bear available. A list of tags by hunt number is available on Fish and Game’s website at

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    Hunters must buy controlled hunt tags by Aug. 1, or tags will be forfeited

    Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear have until midnight Mountain Daylight Time Aug. 1 to buy their tags.

    Tags may be purchased at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone at (800-554-8685), or online. Controlled hunt tags not purchased by Aug. 1, excluding unlimited tags, will be forfeited and combined with controlled hunt tags no one applied for and made available in a second drawing.

  • Bear Spray Event Flyer

    Bear spray giveaway events scheduled in the Upper Snake

    Fish and Game Commission awarded grant funding to the Western Bear Foundation to distribute free cans of bear spray in the Island Park area to recreationists who present a current, valid Idaho hunting and/or fishing license.

  • Greg Puffe with his bull elk from the super hunt February 2016

    Pick up 2019 controlled hunt drawing tags by August 1

    Results of the elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunt draw have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters who already have an account can check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags at

    Those without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunt Results web page.

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    Island Park black bear euthanized

    F&G euthanized an adult male black bear on June 23 after it had become food conditioned and habituated to humans. Multiple sightings of the bear getting into garbage and poking around cabins in the Mack’s Inn area of Island Park occurred over the past several weeks.

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    Young black bear found in Coeur d’Alene neighborhood on June 12

    Given the bear’s small size and because there were no previous reports of the bear in town, officials do not believe the animal poses a threat to public safety. Fish and Game personnel will continue to monitor the bear’s movements.

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    Unit 33 and 39 Black Bear Seasons End Saturday

    Hunters pursuing black bears in units 33 or 39 are reminded that the black bear season ends on June 15 this year in these units. A glance at the 2019 big game rule book might lead a hunter to a different conclusion.

    Both fall and spring black bear seasons are included in any particular big game rule book. As such, the 2017/2018 big game rule book remains in force for black bear hunting during the spring of 2019.

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    Attention hunters: deadline for big game controlled hunt applications is near

    You only have a short time left to apply for a chance at some of Idaho's best hunts. The deadline to apply for the upcoming fall's big game controlled hunts is 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, June 5.

American Black Bear

Ursus americanus

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Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal

What Causes This Disease?

Trichinosis is a disease caused by a nematode parasite, Trichinella spiralis.

Where Is The Disease Found?

Trichinosis occurs throughout North American and can be found in grizzly bears, polar bears, black bears, feral swine, mountain lions, wolverines, wolves, coyotes, and foxes. Trichinosis has been documented in black bears and mountain lions in Idaho. Trichinosis has been documented in humans associated with consuming home-made jerky made from a cougar and a black bear in Idaho.

Signs of Disease

Animals infected with trichinosis generally appear healthy. Trichinosis is hard to detect when butchering because there are few lesions and the cysts are very small. The cysts are most common in the muscles of the jaw, tongue, and diaphragm. Animals that are infected with adult worms may have swollen intestines with small bruises on the intestinal wall. Affected muscles and associated lymph nodes may be soft and swollen.

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