Problem Bears or Problem People?
Wildlife biologist Becky Haag discusses human-bear encounters at our first ICL After Hours event.
Bonner County has a bear problem—or is it really a people problem?
Last year, Bonner County had a record number of bear complaints—770 complaints, in fact. That's a whopping 740 more complaints than in any other county in Idaho.
All those negative human-bear interactions amount to a lot of danger—for people and bears alike.
But when folks unintentionally or intentionally attract bears with bird feeders or dog food or even doughnuts, they're not helping them to survive. Instead, they may be sealing their fate.
Last year was an extreme year. Natural food sources were scarce. But sloppy human habits in bear country only exacerbate the problem.
Becky Haag, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist, will discuss the problem and solutions during "Beers and Bears—Living with Wildlife," the first in a series of ICL After Hours events. The presentation is at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, June 16, at Ivano's Ristorante.
Come enjoy a glass of wine or a beer and discuss how to live with bears and protect our endangered grizzlies.