Employees, patients and visitors to the Veterans Affairs campus in North Boise have been buzzing today after a black bear was spotted near the Veterans Affairs facilities. The male bear has since been trapped and is being transported to the hills above Lowman, where the animal will be released.
Earlier reports thought that there might have been more than one bear, but Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials confirmed that only one bear was spotted.
"This is probably the start of something that is going to be difficult for all of us for awhile," said Evan O'Neill from IDFG. "With our dry weather conditions on top of the wildfires burning a lot of the backcountry, well, bears are still going to be hungry. That doesn't change. I'm afraid we're going to have more bears in town in the weeks to come until they go to hibernation."
O'Neill reminds residents to keep bear attractants, including outdoor trash, to a minimum.
"There are probably going to be more bears coming down, looking for something to eat," he said. "The last thing folks need is some kind of an issue with a black bear."