Recent issues with wolves developing a taste for mutton and at least one grizzly bear in Eastern Idaho seems to like veal (he killed a calf), have Idaho wildlife managers caught in a bind.
Historically, ranchers and settlers spent many years and bullets wiping out the predators to insure the safety of their flocks and herds. Then conservationists “reintroduced” wolves and grizzly bears were protected on the endangered species list by well intended conservationists.
Then along came the developers and politicos bent on increasing the population, creating tourist attractions, and instant news reports detailing every encounter in the wilds.
In Pocatello a black BEAR found it so “unbearable” (sorry, we could resist it) he broke into the zoo just to have a place to sleep and some company.
Eastern Idaho has seen two grizzly encounters in the past week, one bear was killed and another TRAPPED and relocated.
As Idaho continues to experience rampant growth and claim top rankings as the fastest growing state we can expect to see critters like cougars and coyotes in our back yards while their former habitat is paved over by developers.
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