The Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is working with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to learn more about the individual or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a young grizzly bear in Island Park, Idaho.
The bear was reported to the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) Hotline during the weekend of June 4th. Conservations Officers investigating the tip located the decomposing carcass of the bear on Caribou-Targhee National Forest land near East Dry Creek, off the Yale-Kilgore Road. Initial evidence indicated that the bear had been dead a few weeks and that it did not die naturally.
A specially trained IDFG canine was brought in to search the area and help officers locate clues. Officers are reaching out to the public for anyone who may have knowledge about what happened with the bear. If someone wants to provide information they can do so anonymously by calling the CAP Hotline. Because of the seriousness of the violation, the USFWS has agreed to add $5,000 to the potential reward available. The current amount the CAP program has designated for information about a grizzly bear killing is $600, but the CAP Board is meeting next week to discuss the possibility of enhancing that amount. The CAP Hotline can be reached at 1-800-632-5999 and is staffed 24/7.