East Idaho Grizzly Euthanized after Breaking into Buildings
ISLAND PARK, Idaho (AP) — A nearly toothless, 25-year-old male grizzly bear that repeatedly broke into buildings in eastern Idaho has been euthanized.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a statement Thursday says the grizzly was killed Monday because it had become habituated to human-related foods. Regional Wildlife Manager Curtis Hendricks says the bear made no direct threat to humans but its advanced age and decreasing ability to forage naturally increased the potential for conflict. Biologists say the bear had been previously captured as part of routine scientific monitoring so its health status and age were known.
Also in the area, biologists say a younger grizzly bear that became comfortable around humans and enjoyed playing with a sprinkler was hazed back into the wild with rubber bullets.