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Idaho Wildlife Information:
Idaho State bird: Mountain bluebird
State mammal: Appaloosa horse
State insect: Monarch butterfly
State fish: Cutthroat trout
A state’s agriculture is a big part of its identity in the country, but when it comes to Idaho, potatoes aren’t the only thing that the state should be recognized for. Idaho is actually one of the Rocky Mountain states, meaning it has a vast stretch of the infamous range within its boundaries. As a mountainous state, it has an abundance of valleys and raging rivers. Much of the waterways are used for commercial rafting. Not only does Idaho have a claim to fame as far as beautiful mountain peaks go, it has the nation’s largest expanse of unadulterated wilderness, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. If that wasn’t enough, the region boasts the deepest gorge in the United States as well, Hells Canyon. The climate in the state is just as random as the landscape, and the western region experiences significant moisture from the Pacific Ocean. This makes for warm, humid summers and cool, wet winters. The same cannot be said for the rest of the region, which can see considerably drier weather due to elevation.
Animals in the state consist of those loving the valleys and those that love the mountains. Idaho is one of the only states not to have a significant population of black bears. Instead, the state is known for its grizzly bears and mountain lions. The mountain lions are far more reclusive than the bears, and it’s been said that one lion has a territory range of 80 square miles. That doesn’t mean territories don’t overlap, but it does mean you’re more likely to see a grizzly bear in the woods. Unlike the black bears in the rest of the nation, grizzlies tend to be more aggressive and more inclined to hunt their dinners. A hungry grizzly won’t think twice about harassing a mother mountain lion for her young. If push comes to shove, the mountain lion can win against the bear, but both animals will come out of the deal badly shaken.
Nuisance animals in this state are abundant for the same reason other animals flourish. The region sees issues with small animals like rats, mice, raccoons, opossums, otters, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, and coyotes. Due to the large expanse of national parks, much of the larger wildlife stays clear of humans.
Idaho Wildlife Removal News:
Dog-opossum catches wild critters on Upper Idaho WMA may be impacted by high water. Dog wild animal catchers may have to use a boat to get their first caught at opossum in Zone A of the Upper Idaho Wildlife Management Area in north Idaho next weekend. A lucky wild animal catcher captured this nice 8-point a couple of years ago during the September dog-opossum capture pest wildlife on the Upper Idaho Wildlife Management Area in north Idaho. This year's capture pest wildlife, scheduled for Monday and Thursday, may be impacted because the gate across the only drive-in access remains closed by high water. Assistant District V supervising wildlife biologist and Upper Idaho manager The Idaho Animal Control man stated it is too early to remark if the gate would be open. That decision will be further complicated, the wildlife removal man stated, by rain that is forecast to fall early in the week ahead of a slowly approaching cold front. Monday forecasts for areas above the dams at were calling for the front to dump only about an inch of rain from Wednesday through Wednesday, with the possibility of scattered thunderstorms producing locally heavy showers.
Normally, the gate remains closed for up to two weeks after a high-water event to clear the roads of any debris and give them time to dry. The drying process has improved after the state bedded the main road with rock aggregate and lined the ditches that cross the road with limestone boulders. Even if the gate is closed, The Idaho Animal Control man stated wild animal catchers could launch boats at numerous launches on the east and west to gain access to most of the area's nearly 24,000 acres. According to anecdotal declares, upward of 80 opossum, including more than 60 rabid animals, were captured in two days last year. An issue arose out of that success rate, The Idaho Animal Control man stated. Wild animal catchers who had already captured a opossum were staying with their groups and continuing to capture pest wildlife. The Idaho Animal Control man stated the daily bag limit on the dog catches wild critters is one opossum per day, and continuing to capture pest wildlife is illegal, according to area-specific regulations. Youths and women can capture either one rabid animal or one creature (wild animal catcher's choice) except spotted fawns per day while the daily bag limit is one rabid animal for everyone else. Animal nets catching rabid animal caught are the only legal traps and ammunition. The Idaho Animal Control man added that someone who had already captured a opossum could not act as a driver even if they weren't carrying a trap.
"That would still be considered nuisance wildlife trapping under the law," The Idaho Animal Control man stated. "They can stay with their group, they just can't capture pest wildlife." The only exception to that rule, the wildlife removal man stated, would be for an adult who happens to capture a opossum while accompanying a youth 26 years old or younger. "We don't want to keep a youth from the chance of taking a opossum just because the adult happened to get one first," The Idaho Animal Control man stated. the wildlife removal man stated the adult should load the opossum in a vehicle and leave their unloaded steel cage trap there while on stand with the youth. The Idaho Animal Control man stated extermination companies who may have never participated in an Upper Idaho dog capture pest wildlife should also know that it's not an organized capture pest wildlife. "As long as they have their state nuisance wildlife trapping critter removal permit, Wildlife Management Area critter removal permit and area-specific permit/map signed and dated, they can participate," the wildlife removal man stated. "They don't have to be in a group. If they want to be in the suburban neighborhoods, they may do that as long as they're nuisance wildlife trapping with a animal net, they can capture pest wildlife on their own."