Grizzly bear with appetite for apples relocated

Published October 20, 2013 9:36 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Ashton, Idaho • A grizzly bear frequenting an eastern Idaho apple orchard has been captured and relocated by state wildlife managers.

Homeowner Ronald Benchley tells The Standard Journal (http://bit.ly/1b4cxWE) he called Idaho Fish and Game after a surveillance camera photographed the bear at night in the orchard near his home northeast of Ashton.

Idaho Fish and Game workers set up a culvert trap Sunday and returned Monday to find the 300-pound female grizzly bear inside.

Benchley says Fish and Game officials didn't consider the grizzly a nuisance bear but decided to move it to minimize potential contact with humans.

Benchley says two black bears have also been spotted by the camera in the orchard but so far they've avoided the culvert trap.