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    Idaho’s 2019 & 2020 big game season proposals available online

    Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2019 & 2020 big game hunting seasons are now available online for public review and comment.

    The proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf are listed by region and are available at: https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game/19-20-proposals. Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed. All others will remain the same as they were during the 2017 & 2018 hunting seasons.

  • bull elk in the Owyhees in sun light August 2013

    Idaho's 2019-20 big game season proposals available online

    Idaho Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2019-20 big game hunting seasons are now available for public review and comment.

    The proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf are listed by region and are available on Idaho Fish and Game's 2019-2020 Big Game Seasons Proposals page. Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed.  All others will remain the same as they were during the 2018 hunting season.

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    Controlled hunt application period for black bear closes on Feb. 15

    Hunters who are looking to apply for controlled bear hunts during spring are running out of time to do so: The application period for spring controlled black bear hunts closes on Feb. 15.

    Under new rules, Fish and Game will not be accepting mail-in applications for the controlled hunts. Hunters may apply at any hunting and fishing license vendor or Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling (800) 554-8685; or online. A 2019 Idaho hunting license is required to apply.

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    Southwest Region will host four meetings in February to take input on big game seasons

    The 2019 big game hunting season in Idaho’s southwest region is the focus of a series of open house meetings where hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts will have a chance to review and discuss big game season proposals with Fish and Game staff.

    A complete list of statewide deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and wolf hunt proposals will be available on the Fish and Game website (https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game/19-20-proposals) in late January and at both the McCall and Nampa regional offices.

  • three point mule deer buck and does in snow January 2008

    Clearwater Region to host four big game open houses in February

    Sportsmen and women are invited to attend one of four big game open house meetings at different locations in the Clearwater Region.

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    Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters on big game seasons for 2019-20

    Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters on proposed changes to deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and wolf seasons for 2019-2020.  Hunters are encouraged to attend open house meetings in Salmon and Challis to provide their comments.

    Open houses will be held at the following:

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    Controlled hunt application periods for spring black bear opens Jan. 15, spring turkey Feb. 1

    Hunters who are looking to apply for controlled bear or turkey hunts during spring can apply in January and February. The application period for spring controlled black bear hunts kicks off on Jan. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Applications for the spring turkey controlled hunts will be accepted from Feb. 1 through March 1.

  • Wildlife Weekend Public Program for Families-Bears of Idaho

    Come learn about black bears and grizzly bears in Idaho. How are they the same and how are the different? Find out how they live, what they eat, and how to be safe when in bear country. This is an open house-style event. Free (donations encouraged). This program is designed for families with children ages 3-13.

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    Habituated black bear lethally removed from Island Park area in Eastern Idaho

    Idaho Fish and Game officials lethally removed a black bear on Aug. 9 at Bill’s Island in Island Park. The bear had been spotted by residents for at least two weeks and could not be safely relocated because it had become habituated to searching for food at residences. It was also comfortable near people and was spotted sleeping under porches, walking on decks, and was active day and night.

  • Black bear captured at Pocatello Zoo 2018

    Black bear breaks into zoo, gets a Fish and Game escort back to the wild

    Bear breaks into zoo: it sounds like the punchline of a joke, but it recently happened at Zoo Idaho in Pocatello, and Fish and Game conservation officers had a unique situation on their hands. 

    Early morning on July 3, a wild black bear was discovered inside the zoo perimeter by zoo staff conducting the morning rounds. The 120-pound, 3-year old black bear quickly climbed a large tree in front of the black bear exhibit.

American Black Bear

Ursus americanus

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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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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