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Boo Boo On The Mend

This undated photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows a cub black bear burned in the Mustang Fire north of Salmon, Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian Mark Drew says a number of facilities offered to care for the 4-month-old cub nicknamed “Boo Boo.” He says the Idaho Humane Society was selected Friday because of the cub's medical and other needs. Drew says the cub weighs just 23 pounds but his appetite is good and the wounds have stabilized, seem to be improving and do not appear to have any infection. The cub was discovered Aug. 26 clinging to a tree in the eastern Idaho backcountry recently scorched by a massive wildfire near Salmon. Efforts to find the bear's mother were unsuccessful. Story here. (AP Photo/Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Tricia Hebdon)

Activists Still Mad At California F&Ger

The flap continues in California over the Fish and Game Commission president who came to Idaho for a legally guided cougar hunt. His home-state anti-hunting creeps are wailing for him to resign since cougars can't be hunted in California. Forty state legislators sent him a letter saying he should quit. Do they send letters to residents who go to other states and enjoy things that are prohibited in California?  Can California officials go to Nevada and enjoy a casino?  Can they go to Montana and drive a rental car that doesn't have California pollution equipment?/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here. (Photo: Daniel Richards, president of the California Fish & Game Commission w/his legally killed Idaho cougar)

Question: Aren't you glad you live in Idaho rather than silly California?

Year-long survey: Boise River offers ‘pretty darn good fishing’

Idaho Fish & Game has completed an extensive, year-long “creel survey” to measure fishing activity and fish harvest along the Boise River through the heart of the city, in response to concerns raised about possible overfishing. The result: It’s pretty much all good.

“Observed harvest rates do not appear to be high in relation to the number of fish in the river,” Fish & Game Southwest Region fisheries biologist Art Butts reported today. Rainbow trout was the most common catch, but anglers released nearly 80 percent of those they caught, even though in most cases it would have been legal to keep some. “Creel survey results reveal that the Boise River is indeed a very popular destination for local anglers,” Butts reported. “It also suggests that a majority of anglers prefer to release fish to be caught again rather than take them home.”

The Boise River between Barber Park and the Americana bridge, with its adjacent greenbelt path, “offers access to many outdoor opportunities including some pretty darn good trout fishing,” Butts wrote. “Rainbow trout, brown trout, and mountain whitefish provide year-round angling, and in the fall, steelhead trout trapped at Hell’s Canyon Dam are transported to the river.”