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Join the Idaho Conservation League at their first After Hours evening, at 5:30 p.m. @ Ivano's Cafe on June 16. for a free talk on coexisting peacefully with bears and other wildlife. Becky Haag, environmental biologist from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will talk about the current status of bears in our area and give tips on how to bear-proof your home and campsite.

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Idaho Conservation League offers program on bear-human conflicts

“Bears and Beers” first of ICL After Hours events

 

Bonner County has a bear problem. Some may argue that this is more of a people problem.  There were 770 bear complaints in Bonner County last year – that is 740 more complaints than in any other county in Idaho.

Becky Haag, environmental biologist from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will speak about these bear vs people conflicts at a free talk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at Ivano’s Ristorante. The talk, entitled Bears and Beers – Living With Wildlife, is part of the Idaho Conservation League’s After Hours series.

Learn about the current status of bears in our area, what to be aware of in bear country, why you should never feed bears and get tips on how to bear-proof your home and campground during this fun, free and informative evening.

We have an abundance of black bears in our backyard – the Upper Panhandle provides prime bear habitat - and with an ever-increasing human population the people-bear interactions will only continue to multiply. Practicing sloppy human habits in bear country can be dangerous for people and bears. When folks unintentionally or intentionally attract bears with bird feeders, dog food or even Wonder Bread, they're not helping them to survive - instead, they may be sealing their fate.

“We want to decrease human/wildlife conflicts and keep bears and folks out of trouble,” said Haag, who is working to raise awareness about bears locally.

Though black bears are prolific in our area, grizzly bears are still struggling. Only 30 to 40 grizzly bears live in the Selkirk Mountains of Bonner and Boundary counties. Grizzly bears are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the Selkirk and the Cabinet Mountains.

The evening will include information about forest planning in the Selkirks and the Idaho Conservation League’s summer hike series.

Bears and Beer – Living with Wildlife is the first in a year-long series of ICL After Hours to be held at different watering holes and locations throughout the Inland Northwest. Visit the events page on the Idaho Conservation League’s website for more information: www.idahoconservation.org or call (208) 265-9565.    

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Nancy Dooley is the administrative executive director of the Clark Fork Pend Oreille Conservancy

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