CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game

Bear-proof trash cans and landowner outreach in northern Idaho’s Kootenai Valley corridor.

Kootenai Valley
Canola field on the Hubbard Farm
Photo by Patti Sowka of grizzly trying to open bear-proof garbage container

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game PROJECT BRIEF

Just south of Canada, grizzlies cross the Kootenai Valley of northern Idaho to move between the Selkirk, Purcell and Cabinet mountain ranges, each home to a small population of bears in need of greater genetic diversity.

To make the passage between ecosystems, grizzlies must stay out of trouble as they traverse the valley’s homes and agricultural lands. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game makes that easier by providing bearproof trash cans and landowner outreach in key grizzly hotspots—and we’re proud to complement our habitat protection work in the valley by supporting this vital coexistence effort.

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game

  • State-led coexistence effort in key Kootenai Valley corridor
  • Bear-proof trash can program for landowners in grizzly travel areas
  • Additional bear-aware educational resources for landowners and general public
  • Crucial linkage area connecting Selkirk, Purcell and Cabinet mountain ranges