August 8, Idaho Department of Fish & Game captured a yearling grizzly bear in a research trap near Big Springs. Grizzly bears typically stay with their family group until they are 2 years old. We are not certain why this young bear was not with its mother, but it was in good condition and making it on its own.
This was not a management or conflict capture, but the young bear had been seen near Mack’s Inn on a couple of occasions and it was always alone. We fitted it with a GPS collar and relocated it to an area with less human activity.
The bear was moved to a location near Huckleberry Ridge, where it should have plenty of natural food to eat. Not all bears are good candidates for relocation, but a young bear that is not severely habituated or food conditioned has a good chance of living a normal life and avoiding future conflict.