Idaho Fish and Game lists safety precautions following multiple black bear sightings

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DALTON GARDENS, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game received multiple calls about black bear activity in the north Dalton Gardens and south Hayden area over the past few weeks.

The incidents have been occurring in a neighborhood near Canfield Mountain, in the Hayden View Drive and Packsaddle Drive area, just north of Dalton Gardens.

Multiple residents have reported seeing a black bear in the area, and though there have been no attacks, the bear has been getting into household trash and backyard chicken coops.

Residents are advised of the bear activity and encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • If possible, surround chicken coops, backyard gardens, and other potential food sources with electric fencing.
  • Properly dispose of attractants, such as trash, animal carcasses, compost, livestock feed and beehives.
  • Securely store food, garbage, pet food, and other attractants in a bear-resistant place.
  • Avoid filling birdfeeders until the wintertime.
  • Clean your grills and keep them inside a building if possible.

Here’s what you should do if you do ever encounter a bear:

  • Stay at least 300 feet away from it.
  • Do not interrupt bear activities or startle them.
  • Never feed bears.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Never run if you encounter a bear.

Idaho Fish and Game will continue to monitor the situation and will take action as necessary.