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Hunters shoot charging sow grizzly in Island Park

ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) - On Thursday, Idaho Fish and Game received a report of a sow grizzly bear that charged two elk hunters in the Stamp Meadows area near Island Park.

As the bear charged, one of the hunters deployed bear spray while the other discharged a firearm at close range, mortally wounding the bear.

Neither hunter appeared to be injured during the encounter.

Fish and Game has responded to the incident and located the sow grizzly.

Because the hunters saw cubs nearby, Fish and Game staff are trying to locate the cubs. Dense vegetation in the area is making locating the cubs difficult.

The public is asked to avoid the area for their own safety and the safety of Fish and Game Staff. Signs have been placed in the area warning of the danger.

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  1. This same Sow charged two other tourists within a three week timeframe this summer, in the same area. What doesn’t Fish and Game relocate them or restrict hunting in that particular area!!?? This is just like the campground off Cowan Rd. A few years back where a Bear kept coming back to the campground until they finally shot it. Relocate the animals, we have that technology. Do your job Fish and Game!!! Oh wait, you guys only cater to whoever is paying for a hunting license, I forgot.

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