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Last Chance, Idaho – On the evening of June 6, a dramatic encounter unfolded near Last Chance when an Island Park resident shot and killed a yearling male grizzly bear. The bear was charging towards the man’s girlfriend right in front of their home. This intense situation highlights the importance of being prepared and aware while living in grizzly bear territory.

A Terrifying Encounter

The incident occurred as the couple was exiting their vehicle and heading into their house. The man’s girlfriend screamed, alerting him to a bear charging towards her. The man, who was in the process of unloading their vehicle, quickly grabbed a shotgun and fired at the bear. His quick actions caused the bear to turn and run away, but unfortunately, the bear did not survive.

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Immediate Response and Investigation

Upon receiving a report of a dead bear near the roadway, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game promptly responded to the scene. Their thorough investigation concluded that the homeowner acted in self-defense during a surprise encounter with the grizzly from a short distance. This incident serves as a sobering reminder of the potential dangers when living in areas inhabited by grizzly bears.

Grizzly Bears in Idaho

Grizzly bears are protected under both state and federal law. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game emphasizes that grizzly bear encounters are possible in the Greater Yellowstone area as well as in northern Idaho. It is crucial for residents and visitors in these areas to take necessary precautions to avoid such dangerous encounters.

Tips for Living in Grizzly Bear Country

To help ensure safety while living or recreating in grizzly bear territory, follow these important guidelines:

  1. Proper Disposal of Attractants: Dispose of trash, compost, and other attractants properly.
  2. Secure Storage: Store food, garbage, beehives, grain spills, scented products, and other attractants in bear-resistant places.
  3. Pet Food: Secure pet food just as you do your own, as bears are equally attracted to it.
  4. Building Storage: Many attractants can be securely stored in hard-sided buildings with four walls, a roof, and a locking door.
  5. Bird Feeders: Avoid filling bird feeders until wintertime to reduce attractants.
  6. Garbage Disposal: Do not bury or throw garbage into nearby woods.
  7. Clean Grills: Regularly clean your grills and store them in a building if possible.

By following these guidelines, you can help reduce the risk of grizzly bear encounters and contribute to the safety of both humans and wildlife in the region.

Stay informed and prepared to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you in grizzly bear country.

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