A $10,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing of a grizzly bear and her nursing cub in northern Idaho.
While a black bear hunting season is currently open in Idaho, hunters may not shoot black bears with cubs or federally protected grizzlies.
The dead adult female grizzly was discovered on Hall Mountain in Boundary County, east of the Kootenai River valley and northwest of U.S. Highway 95. A subsequent search of the surrounding area by an Idaho Fish and Game biologist turned up the dead cub that had also been shot. Both bears appeared to have been dead a few days when found on May 18.
Grizzly bears are classified as a threatened species in the lower 48 states and are protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Killing a threatened species protected by the ESA carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Anyone with information about the shootings should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 509-928—6050, Idaho Fish and Game at 208-769-1414, or the Idaho Citizens Against Poaching Program at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.