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A bull-and-bear day in Boise?

Two animal incidents marked the news yesterday in Boise: A bear found wandering in the North End, which was tranquilized and taken off to the forest north of Lowman for release; and a bull rampaging down the Greenbelt in Eagle after breaking out of its pasture. Initially, authorities warned people to beware on the Greenbelt near Merrill Park yesterday morning as they hunted for the bull, but no capture was ever reported. “They didn’t seem very concerned by yesterday afternoon,” said Ada County Sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr. “It was swimming in the river. … They were pretty confident it was going to swim back to the pasture it broke out of.”

The black bear, pictured above, was first sighted around 7:30 Thursday morning behind the Boise VA hospital on Fort Street; it then led sheriff’s deputies and Fish & Game officers on a few hours of “hide and seek,” Orr reported, before the F&G officers were able to get close enough to tranquilize it. Fish & Game warned that dry conditions in the mountains could drive bears to visit town over the next few months, so they advise those living near the foothills to keep trash sealed up and don’t leave food outside. 

Cooking bacon attracted bear at Avimor, doughnuts, sardines lured it out

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 ( 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.

Bear complaints way down this year in North Idaho

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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