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Bear Identification

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 

Grizzly Bear or Black Bear?

Grizzly bears are a federally protected species. This program is primarily inteded to help black bear hunters avoid a case of mistaken identity between a black bear and a grizzly bear. Anyone interested in being able to identify these two species of bears found in Idaho will find it useful as well. Participation is voluntary.

The program is organized into three sections:
  1. Overview / Training Section - covers the basics of bear identification and lists several distinct features that distinguish these two species.
  2. Training Videos - videos of grizzly bears and black bears. It is often difficult to tell the difference between a grizzly bear and a black bear from a single photo. The videos show multiple features that distinguish grizzly bears from black bears.
  3. Bear Identification Exam - 15 multiple choice questions. You must get 80 percent of the questions correct to pass. You may provide your name and contact information to print out a personalized certificate of completion.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on ways to improve the training and exam. Please provide your feedback at the end of the exam.

Thank you,

Virgil Moore

Virgil Moore,
Director, Idaho Fish and Game

Management units where bears may be encountered
Last Updated: August 22, 2016 
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