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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. 

Another wildfire survivor: Bobcat kitten

The bear cub with burned paws who was rescued from Idaho's Mustang Complex fire is not the only baby critter in that fix; fire crews rescued this baby bobcat, nicknamed “Chips,” from the Chips fire in California on Saturday. The tiny female kitten, about the size of a domestic kitten, had burns on all four paws and an eye infection, and is being treated at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, where she is expected to make a full recovery, and after being sheltered with other bobcats through the winter, will be released back into the wild. You can read more here.
  

Hawk makes a house call…

There was a loud thud against the living room window this morning, startling the cat who was looking out the window, and something large fell outside. Looking out, expecting perhaps a pigeon (it was too big for a quail), we were surprised to find a stunned Cooper’s hawk down on the ground below the second-story window, lying on its back unconscious. This is one of those Boise experiences. A quick call to the experts yielded instructions to put the injured bird in a box covered by a towel to recover; by that time, it had opened one eye and was starting to come around.

My husband took the bird off to a raptor rehabilitator, who checked out the hawk, a one-year-old female, and declared her sound and able to fly - and feisty as could be (her talons drew blood in the process). Then, we were instructed to release the hawk in our backyard, where it came from. When the box was uncovered, the hawk sat for a moment, looking around, then with a rush of wings, flew to the top of a tall tree, where it’s now resting comfortably and eyeing the view.

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

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