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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011, 11 A.M.

Spring bear hunters must be careful observers

HUNTING -- When Idaho's spring black bear hunting season opens Friday, hunters must be especially careful to identify the species of bear they are looking at before they pull the trigger. 

Species identification important: It's legal to take a black bear but illegal to kill a grizzly.

In Idaho, it is legal to take a female black bear as long as no cubs are present, so it's critcal for the welfare of several bears at once that hunters take the time to watch for cubs.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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