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Idaho wildlife officers fail to find grizzly bear wounded by elk hunters

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Idaho wildlife officers fail to find grizzly bear wounded by elk hunters

Wildlife officials in eastern Idaho say they were unable Sunday to find a grizzly bear wounded a day earlier by elk hunters as they tried to retrieve a six-point bull elk carcass in the Island Park area west of Yellowstone National Park.

Steve Schmidt of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said a team of seven well-armed wildlife officers reported finding the blood trail of the bear near the elk carcass but that it disappeared after about 460 yards.

Schmidt said the team of five Fish and Game officers and two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers flushed a grizzly bear from the carcass Sunday when they arrived, but it’s unknown if that’s the same bear wounded on Saturday.

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