Wildlife officials euthanize grizzly responsible for livestock attacks around Boundary County

BOUNDARY CO., Idaho — Wildlife officials euthanized a grizzly bear responsible for a series of livestock attacks in Boundary County.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, along with help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, euthanized the adult male grizzly near the town of Porthill.

IDFG received a report Tuesday that four sheep were attacked and killed, and two others were injured. An investigation found the bear was responsible.

Traps were set out that evening and although the bear returned to the area, it did not enter the trap. It killed an additional sheep when it returned Tuesday night.

The traps remained set and all additional livestock were corralled in a temporary electric fence.

The bear again returned overnight on Wednesday and was successfully trapped.

IDFG has been investigating the livestock attacks since early April. The grizzly killed a llama and sheep near Naples that month then killed more sheep and a goat just a few days after. Three additional attacks happened in late June, in which the bear killed pigs and four goats.

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Bears are quick learners, especially when it comes to gaining access to easy food sources.

Grizzlies in Idaho are protected under the Endangered Species Act, so the decision to euthanize the animal was made with consideration for the safety of people, property and livestock.

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