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Bear watch, cutthroat gone

Idaho Fish and Game sent out a reminder last week that now is the time that black bears in the woods are fattening up for winter. Meaning, don't leave your little morsels out if you are camping. This includes trash and infants.

Meanwhile, Wyoming plans a vote this week on its final grizzly bear plan for ursines that wander outside of Yellowstone Park. Perhaps they are looking for more food? New reports say Yellowstone cutthroat numbers inside the park have fallen to population levels not seen since the 1950s. The Yellowstone cutthroat supports a $36 million fishing industry inside the park and surrounding communties, a triple threat of whirling disease, trout and predatory lake trout. 2004 numbers at one creek showed a 58 percent decrease in spawing fish from the previous year.