Plans call for opening Idaho road in grizzly bear habitat

Officers search for grizzly seen in Wyoming residential area

Officials say national security concerns require the repairing of a northern Idaho road in important grizzly bear habitat near the Canadian border and lifting travel restrictions on law enforcement.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Bog Creek Road would be used by officials to prevent illegal activities. But the east-west road in the Selkirk Mountains would remain closed to the public.

The agency and the U.S. Forest Service on Friday released a draft environmental impact statement for about 6 miles (10 kilometers) of the road.

The plan also closes about 26 miles of Forest Service roads to motor vehicles in the area that’s in the Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone.

Public comments are being taken through July 16.