F&G officers continuing search for wounded grizzly

People should be cautious in the area around McGarry Canyon, where bear was recently spotted.

On Friday, June 29, Idaho Fish & Game Conservation Officers along with law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service responded to reports of an injured grizzly bear in the West Camas Creek drainage near Kilgore, Idaho. Attempts to locate the bear Friday were unsuccessful and resumed early Saturday morning.

“We received a report from a camper in the McGarry Canyon area that said he had sighted the bear,” Fish and Game regional supervisor Jim White said.

Local agency personnel are continuing to search the area. Wildlife officials have placed several live traps in the area in an effort to capture the injured grizzly. Although the animal may have moved on, White encourages people to be cautious and use “Bear Aware” safety techniques in the area.

The Dubois District of the U.S. Forest Service is considering a closure order for the McGarry Canyon area. Go to the Caribou Targhee National Forest website for travel closure information.