Young Idaho Boy Kills Bear On Front Porch

13 Nov

An 11-year-old boy killed a bear at point-blank range last Wednesday night after it wouldn’t leave his family’s porch. The boy was at home with his younger sisters and after seeing the bear on the front porch and not being able to get it to leave, the boy retrieved a gun and killed the animal.

Fish and Game Conservation Officer Doug Peterson said the black bear had been a problem in the area near the county transfer station, and he and Fish and Game Officer Lauren Wednt had set up a trap earlier in the week.

“The bear had been hanging around and we got multiple complaint calls,” said Wendt. The bear had been getting into garbage cans and bird feeders in the area.


Peterson said officials may have had to put it down anyway. He said that in situations where the bear has been a problem around humans or threatens human safety, they usually don’t issue citations. “Human safety is a higher priority,” said Peterson. “We’re concerned with how bears are managed and we want to live in harmony with them.” The boy and his family are not in any trouble, and Peterson said he issued them a permit to keep the bear. Usually when a bear is put down by Fish and Game they sell the hide at a state auction, Peterson said. Peterson said the family reported the bear Thursday morning. Fish and Game trapped and euthanized another problem black bear about two weeks ago, after the bear reportedly let himself into a home. Peterson said it’s normal for the animals to move from higher elevations this time of year. “We don’t like to see them down this low,” said Peterson. “But it’s not uncommon.”


Posted by on November 13, 2009 in Idaho Wildlife Stories


8 responses to “Young Idaho Boy Kills Bear On Front Porch

  1. troutrageous1

    November 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

    That's one brave kid. Although I hate to see the bear perish, glad that see nothing bad ended up happening to the family. Could have been an entirely different sort of article.

  2. Murphyfish

    November 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hells teeth Mel, and I thought that next doors cat was a worry! Brave lad though, hats off to him for looking out for his family.

  3. Mel

    November 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Troutrageous1 – You are not kidding about that. He sure is one brave young fellow. Troublesome bears are a predicament. With those type there is just "no" way for situations to come out for the best.

  4. Mel

    November 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Murphyfish – Yes, he is an admirable young boy for taking a stance against this "troublesome" bear. In the Idaho outdoors, you just never know.

  5. Tami Curtis Jennings

    November 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    What a brave kid!

  6. Mel

    November 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Tami Curtis Jennings – What a surprise to have you drop by my blog! Thanks for the comment. They are welcome here anytime.I don't know this young man, personally, but he sure has earned a lot of respect.

  7. Rebecca

    November 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, I can't even imagine my kids making such a choice. We have a cabin up the mountain, but thankfully, the bears stay up the hill 99% of the time.

  8. Mel

    November 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Rebecca – That is a good place for the bears to stay! You have to admire this young man for keeping a cool head and not over reacting in a way as to put him or his siblings in harms way.


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