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Bear found, and it’s OK

The mama grizzly bear that attacked an eastern Idaho hunter after his hounds surrounded her and her cubs has been located, and either the hunter's brother missed when he fired his pistol at the bear, or any wound she suffered was minor. Idaho Fish & Game reports that DNA tests showed the grizzly was a radio-collared female with three cubs who was known to be in the area. Spotted by a Fish & Game monitoring flight, both the collared bear and her three cubs "appeared fine," reported Daryl Meints, regional wildlife manager for the Upper Snake Region of Idaho Fish & Game. The injured hunter was treated for lacerations to his right arm. He and two others were hunting black bears when they surprised the grizzly; the incident left Fish & Game warning that a wounded grizzly might be on the loose in the area, on Bishop Mountain near Harriman State Park. Now, F&G officials "recommend that anyone heading into the backcountry carry bear spray."

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