Idaho Fish and Game officers euthanized an adult grizzly bear near the town of Copeland in a joint effort with U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, June 1.
The 240 pound young adult male grizzly killed seven sheep from two different ranches earlier the same week.
Conservation Officers responded to a private landowner’s report that five sheep had been killed overnight, May 29. Two days later a new report came in that two lambs were killed eight miles south of the first event.
The grizzly was the same bear captured in Garwood the summer 2018 and relocated to the Cabinet Mountains near the Idaho/Montana border. The bear had a history of harassing livestock and raiding orchards prior to the sheep depredations.
The grizzly was fitted with a GPS collar. This data was used to confirm the bear’s depredation history and proximity to towns and residences.
Grizzly bears in northern Boundary County are not rare occurrences. There are believed to be 70-80 grizzly bears living in the adjacent Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone, which covers parts of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia.
Grizzly bear conflicts with livestock in the area are relatively uncommon. The last reported incident in Idaho occurred over five years ago.
Grizzly bears in northern Idaho are protected under the Endangered Species Act and management actions are therefore done in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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