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Friendly Black Bear Euthanized After Growing too Accustomed to Being in the Wrong Places

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game euthanized an adult male black bear June 23 after it had become food-conditioned and habituated to humans. Multiple sightings of the bear getting into garbage and poking around cabins in the Mack’s Inn area of Island Park occurred over the past several weeks. “The bear had become accustomed to finding food rewards from humans and no longer showed fear of people,” says Bear Biologist Jeremy Nicholson with F&G. “It started peeking in peoples windows during the daylight hours and made no efforts to avoid humans.” With thousands of campers, anglers, and hikers venturing outdoors, the potential for human interactions with bears is on the rise. Fish and Game encourages people...

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