Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Idaho black bear shot dead after rampage of eating goats, raiding trash cans

Idaho black bear shot dead after rampage of eating goats, raiding trash cans, Idaho wildlife officials say they had to shot and kill a bear that went on a rampage of eating goats and raiding trash cans earlier this month.

KBOI-TV reported Tuesday (April 30) that Idaho Fish and Game killed the black bear after it ventured from the high country into the Shadow Valley area north of Boise on April 20.

Wildlife officials said the bear raided several trash cans and later went into a livestock pen where he killed and partially ate two goats.

"This bear showed up in the same area last year and someone made the mistake of intentionally feeding him," said Evin Oneale with Idaho Fish and Game.

In the days that followed that incident, the bear raided more trash cans and acted aggressive toward people.

Fish and Game officials said last Fall they had to live-trap the bear and move it to the Garden Valley backcountry, where it apparently hibernated before returning to the place he last received food.

"They remember every single location where they receive a food reward, and if they get one from your residence, or your neighbor's residence, they will be back for more," Oneale said.

As many as 20,000 black bears inhabit Idaho and are spread over 30,000 square miles of forest, mostly north of the Snake River Plain, according to Idaho Public Television.

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