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End bear harvests

Idaho Department of Fish and Game has created a dangerous and outdated problem for the public and bears. Our property borders U.S. Forest Service land, where I have witnessed an increase in bear bait sites.

Bears are being hunted for their body parts only. The evidence is clear, and please do not tell me there is no value in the trade or sale of bear parts. Posters from Idaho Fish and Game alert the public not to feed the bears. The agency needs to take its own advice. Baited bears by unscrupulous hunters and outfitters come onto our land looking for a free feed. Recently, a young grizzly was attracted to a bear bait site, shot and killed.

Game and Fish’s legal harvest of bear parts and legal bear baiting should be discontinued. Not only is it unethical, it has promoted and encouraged the illegal taking of black and grizzly bears.

Tari Bergamo

Priest River


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