American Black Bear

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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    Second controlled hunt draw results now online

    Hunters who applied in the second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall black bear can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

    Results are available on Fish and Game’s website at http://idfg.idaho.gov/ch.

    Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow simple steps to find out instantly if they were successful or not in the drawing. Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient.

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    This Summer, Be ‘Bear Aware’

    During dry summers such as this, the black bear’s natural food supplies may be scarce, driving them to travel great distances to find food. Improperly stored human foods in campgrounds, backcountry camps, or rural residences become all too tempting for the hungry bruins.

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    Enter now in second controlled hunt drawing

    Didn't draw a tag in the first round? It's not too late to apply for the second controlled hunt drawing for over 3,300 unclaimed tags.

    The application period for the second drawing for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags runs from August 5 through August 15.

    A list of available tags by hunt number is available on Fish and Game’s website under the “In the Spotlight” section at https://idfg.idaho.gov

  • Learn about bear behavior and help prevent unwanted encounters

    Most black bear encounters are random when people and a bear happen to be in the same place at the same time, but sometimes bears are attracted to the same areas as people, and people should know how to avoid those situations, or deal with them when they occur. 

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    Hunters still have chances for big game controlled hunt tags

    Hunters who were unsuccessful in the first drawing for big game controlled hunts in June have more chances with a second controlled hunt drawing and Super Hunts.

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    2017 second controlled hunt drawing list of available big game tags

    Over 3300 deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags will be available for hunters in the second controlled hunt drawing.

    Hunters can apply for these tags during the second controlled hunt drawing from August 5 through August 15.  Results of the drawing will be available around August 23. The available tags are listed below by species. 

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    Don’t forget to buy controlled hunt tags by August 1

    Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear have until midnight MDT, Tuesday, August 1 to buy their tags.

    Applicants can find out if they drew a tag by checking the controlled hunt drawing results on the Idaho Fish and Game web site at http://idfg.idaho.gov/CH.

    Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants by July 10. It is the responsibility of hunters to determine whether they were drawn. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

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    Bear visits continue in campground near Ketchum

    Fish and Game is continuing to work with Sawtooth National Recreation Area officials to remove the bear from the area.

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American Black Bear

Ursus americanus

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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