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Idaho to trap bears, warn travelers

BOISE (AP) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it will begin trapping grizzly bears in the Centennial Mountains in eastern Idaho near the Montana border and is asking visitors to heed bright orange warning signs and stay away.

Biologists with the agency plan to trap the bears after the Fourth of July in an area that runs from Henrys Lake to I-15 near Spencer.

The agency says the warning signs will be placed at major access points where the trapping is being done with bait, snares and culvert traps.

The trapping is part of the state's contribution to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team efforts and is required under the Endangered Species Act to study grizzly bear distribution in the region.