Grizzly spotted first time in decade in north-central Idaho

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(KMVT/KSVT/AP) — A grizzly bear was spotted in North-Central Idaho for the first time in a decade. Now, Wild life officials are urging black bear hunters to choose their targets carefully.

The three year old male grizzly bear was spotted when a hunting guide was restocking a black bear baiting site in the Clearwater National Forest earlier this month. The grizzly bear was collared and tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The bear crossed into Idaho last August, but Wildlife Officials captured it and sent it back to Montana.

Wayne Kasworm, who monitors bears for the agency, says the bear headed south again after it was released. Idaho fish and game officials say that hunters need to be cautious for the rest of black bear season, because the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear is not that obvious.

“Color is not a good identification for grizzly bears or black bears. Black bears will be many different color phases and also grizzly bears will be can get pretty dark sometimes too and also a lot lighter so color is not a good indicator for identifying those two species,” Sean Schoff, Idaho Wildlife Biologist said.

Schoff said bears are more active in the summer and fall months and the best way to tell the difference between a black and grizzly bear is by the hump on the back.

“A grizzly bear will actually have a distinct hump between its shoulders, a black bear will not. The face also on a grizzly bear, the face on a grizzly bear is more dished out, a black bear is going to be flat, and also if you see just their tracks you can tell,” Schoff said.

The best way to protect yourself when around a bear is by being aware of your surroundings at all times.

KELLY CREEK, Idaho (AP) -
Wildlife officials are urging black bear hunters to choose their targets with care after a protected grizzly bear was spotted in north-central Idaho for the first time in a decade.

A hunting guide restocking a black bear baiting site encountered the 3-year-old male grizzly in the lower Kelly Creek area of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests earlier this month.

The grizzly bear is collared and tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency says the bear crossed into Idaho last August, but wildlife officials captured it and sent it back to Montana.

Wayne Kasworm, who monitors bears for the agency, says the bear headed south again after it was released.

Idaho Fish and Game officials say hunters need to be cautious for the rest of black bear season.

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