Grizzly Bear or Brown Bear
An adult female grizzly bear was shot and killed near Spruce Lake in northern Boundary County over the Labor Day weekend. Grizzly bears are protected by both state and federal law and the loss of a breeding female is a major setback to the great bear’s recovery in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem. If you have any information concerning this poaching, please contact: Senior Conservation Officer Brian Johnson – (208) 267-4085.
Editor's Note: This article is a follow-up on the grizzly bear captured near Garwood in August.
The two year old male grizzly bear that was captured near Silverwood, weighed in at 176 pounds. He was fitted with a tracking collar and released in the Cabinet Mountains near the Idaho/Montana border.
A federal district court judge in Montana on Monday, Sept. 24 ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes portions of Idaho.
"Putting the Yellowstone grizzly population back on the endangered species list is a setback for grizzly bear conservation," Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said.
Idaho Fish and Game removed a third bear (two grizzlies, one black bear) from the wild in Eastern Idaho this summer because the bears were attracted to food left out by people.
Idaho Fish and Game recently trapped and released a sub-adult grizzly bear that was spotted several times in North Idaho. F&G conservation officers hauled a trap to a location near where the bear was spotted digging up and eating a goat that had been buried on private property near Chilco.
On Aug. 8, Idaho Fish and Game personnel captured a yearling grizzly bear in a research trap near Big Springs. Grizzly bears typically stay with their family group until they are two years old. Biologists were uncertain why this young bear was not with its mother, but it was in good condition and making it on its own.
This was not a management or conflict capture, but the young bear had been seen near Mack’s Inn on a couple of occasions and it was always alone. Biologists fitted it with a GPS collar and relocated it to an area with less human activity.
On July 20, federal USDA Wildlife Services officials investigated the death of a domestic calf in the Dry Creek drainage near Kilgore and determined the calf was killed by a grizzly bear.
That evening, personnel from Idaho Fish and Game and Wildlife Services set a culvert trap and captured a large male grizzly. The bear was immobilized, given a body condition and health assessment, fitted with a GPS collar and relocated to a remote area in the Fish Creek drainage on Forest Service land.
Fish and Game staff will continue to monitor the bear’s movements and activities.
In order to protect public safety, Idaho Fish and Game officials on July 20 lethally removed a sub-adult male grizzly bear from near the Forest Service Mill Creek Campground in the Island Park area. Fish and Game staff were assisted by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Forest Service personnel.
An Ada County resident was drawn for the Idaho grizzly bear hunt and has been notified by Idaho Fish and Game, which by law can’t disclose the name of the hunter.
There were 1,272 people who applied for the single grizzly bear tag, which was open only to Idaho residents. It will be used in a portion of Eastern Idaho, and the hunt is scheduled for Sept. 1 through Nov. 15, however, there is a chance the hunt may not happen due to pending litigation in federal court.
Fish and Game personnel trapped a sub-adult male grizzly bear from the Mill Creek Campground in Island Park on July 11 after receiving multiple reports of a bear in, or close to, the campground and a nearby subdivision.
The bear appeared to have lost some of its natural fear of humans, which is referred to as "habituation," a condition that can be dangerous to humans and the 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 DiseaseAnimals 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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