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Grizzly bear in CdA National Forest reminder to be bear aware

In this July 6, 2011,  photo, a grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wy. (Jim Urquhart / AP)
In this July 6, 2011, photo, a grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wy. (Jim Urquhart / AP)
From staff reports

A grizzly bear was confirmed northeast of Magee, Idaho, in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest on April 29..

Grizzly bears and black bears can be found in most of the Panhandle, and people are encouraged to be aware and take appropriate precautions when recreating in bear country.

As spring black bear season ramps up, hunters are encouraged to review their bear identification skills to avoid mistaken identity. Size and color of the animal are not reliable indicators of species. Grizzlies typically have short, rounded ears, a dished face profile and a shoulder hump, according to an Idaho Fish and Game news release.

Grizzly bears are federally protected in northern Idaho, and there is no hunting season.

Since hunting increases the chances of encountering a grizzly bear, below are some recommendations for hunting in grizzly country:

Carry bear spray and keep it accessible.

Hunt with partners.

Look for grizzly bear sign, including fresh tracks.

Retrieve meat as quickly as possible.

Hang meat, food and garbage at least 200 yards from camp and at least 10 feet off the ground.

When not hunting, make noise, especially around creeks and thick vegetation. Most attacks occur by inadvertently surprising a bear at close range.

Black bears are common throughout the Panhandle. Grizzly bears are most commonly observed in the Cabinet and Selkirk mountain ranges in big game unit 1 but have also been infrequently observed in units 2, 3, 4, 4A, 6, 7 and 9.

Additional information on grizzly bears and bear identification training is available at idfg.idaho.gov/ or call the Panhandle Regional Office at (208) 769-1414.

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