Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a sow grizzly and a yearling male after they had become food-conditioned and increasingly sought out human food sources in the Island Park area.
The sow and yearling began frequenting residential neighborhoods where they became habituated to human food sources after receiving multiple food rewards from porches, unsecured garbage cans and vehicles. The sow grizzly had originally been captured and relocated in 2020 following multiple food related conflicts.
Subsequently, in 2021 the sow and cub were involved in multiple conflicts where food rewards were again obtained. This spring, the pair displayed similar behavior.
Due to the pair’s dependence on human food and habituation to residential areas, they were captured and euthanized in the interest of human safety on Saturday.