ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) – On Saturday, Idaho Fish and Sport in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a sow grizzly and a yearling male after that they had develop into food-conditioned and more and more sought out human meals sources.
The sow and yearling started frequenting residential neighborhoods the place they turned habituated to human meals sources after receiving a number of meals rewards from porches, unsecured rubbish cans and autos.
The sow grizzly was initially captured and relocated in 2020 following a number of meals associated conflicts. Subsequently, in 2021 the sow and cub have been concerned in a number of conflicts the place meals rewards have been obtained. This spring, the pair displayed comparable conduct. As a result of pair’s dependence on human meals and habituation to residential areas, officers say they have been captured and euthanized within the curiosity of human security on Might 21.
As a result of Island Park is dwelling to each grizzly and black bears, residents and guests are strongly inspired to retailer all residential rubbish containers inside a storage or locked shed. Rubbish containers ought to solely be put out the morning of pick-up, not the evening earlier than.
Bears are extraordinarily adaptable and may study in a short time to affiliate folks with meals. The presence of unsecured meals sources of human origin equivalent to residential rubbish, chicken seed, pet food, beehives, home poultry, or fruit bushes have lengthy been documented as sources of human-bear conflicts. Meals-conditioned bears can quickly lose their worry of people, leading to bears approaching folks and in the end placing the lives of each people and bears in danger.
Grizzly bears in Idaho are federally protected below the Endangered Species Act and administration actions are due to this fact finished in session with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.