Posts tagged: bears
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Wildlife officers used doughnuts, cake and sardines to lure a black bear down from a tree after it caused a disturbance in a planned community along Idaho Highway 55. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the bear will be relocated Monday to a remote area. Fish and Game spokesman Evin Oneale told the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/OBiDDp) a homeowner in the Avimor development was cooking bacon Sunday afternoon when the bear tried to enter the residence, tearing two window screens. The bear then left the home and climbed a tree, where it was tranquilized but couldn't be safely retrieved. While the bear slept, wildlife officers stocked a trap below with goodies that proved too tempting for the bear to ignore; the bear was captured about 10 p.m. last night.
Though problems with bears have been all over the news this year - including the New York Times' recent suggestion that some of Idaho's slow-Internet problems are due to bears - this year is actually seeing far fewer bear complaints in North Idaho than last year. Spokesman-Review reporter Becky Kramer reports that last year, Idaho Fish & Game received 770 calls regarding problem bear activity in Bonner, Boundary and northern Kootenai counties; this year, the tally is just 158 complaints. More-abundant natural food supplies this year are the likely reason for the drop; last year, hungry black bears suffering through a poor huckleberry season were raiding bird feeders, upsetting garbage cans or prowling for dog food; you can read Kramer's full report here.