Grizzly Bear Returns to North Idaho Property and Kills More Livestock | Idaho

BONNERS FERRY – Idaho Department of Fish and Game staff were notified by landowners Friday that a grizzly bear had returned and additional livestock, after killing a llama and a sheep earlier in the week on private land near the town of Naples in Boundary County.

Officers confirmed Friday that two additional sheep and a goat were killed overnight. In addition, Fish and Game staff checked game cameras that had been set at the site on April 6 and confirmed the culprit as a grizzly bear.

Fish and Game officers, in coordination with a trapper from Wildlife Services, have placed additional traps on the residents’ property. If the grizzly bear is successfully trapped, staff will make a final confirmation whether or not the bear has been encountered before or if it is a previously undocumented animal by checking for ear tags and other identifying markers. Fish and Game will work with US Fish and Wildlife Service staff to collect biological data including DNA, measurements, sex and age. If the bear is relocated, a GPS collar will be placed on it for future tracking of its movements and behaviors.

Fish and Game staff were working with the landowners on Friday to take additional steps to protect the remaining livestock including the removal of all animal carcasses.

The bear first killed a llama and a sheep on April 5. The landowner reported seeing a reddish-brown bear that evening, but he was unable to identify whether it was a grizzly or black bear at the time of the sighting.

After arriving on the scene on April 6, Fish and Game officers and Wildlife Services staff quickly located grizzly bear tracks.

Officials say spring brings lots of things back to life after a long, cold and dark winter. Flowers start blooming, birds start chirping and bears start waking from their dens with stomachs rumbling.

There are some simple steps Idaho Fish and Game officials recommend homeowners and landowners take to make their property less attractive to bears.

To name a few:

  • Properly dispose of attractants, including trash, animal carcasses, compost, livestock feed and beehives.
  • Securely store food, garbage and other attractants in a bear-resistant place.
  • Keep pet food secured as you do your own. Bears like pet food as much as your pet does.
  • Avoid filling bird feeders until wintertime.
  • Do not bury or throw garbage into the nearby woods.
  • Make sure to clean your grills and keep them in a building, if possible.
  • In addition, here are a few tips in the event you do encounter a bear:
  • Never approach bears, always stay at least 300 feet away.
  • Do not interrupt bear activities.
  • Never feed bears.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Never run if you encounter a bear.


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