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Teen mistakenly kills Idaho grizzly; famed elk shot in Washington

News and notes from the Playing Outdoors beat:

California father and son mistakenly kill grizzly bear

A California man was cited and his 15-year-old son warned by Idaho Fish and Game after they killed a grizzly bear while hunting for black bear, according to a press release. The boy shot the 9-year-old male grizzly.

The bear was killed May 5 near the Continental Divide above Henrys Lake. The hunters reported their mistake to Fish and Game the following morning. The father was cited for taking/possessing a protected species.

Learn more about the differences between black and grizzly bears here.

‘Celebrity’ bull elk killed in Washington stirs debate about auction tags

A popular and locally famous bull elk known as Bullwinkle was shot in Central Washington by a hunter who paid for an auction tag.

Here’s the full story from the Yakima Herald.

Of course, auction tags are a hot political topic in Idaho right now.

Snake avoidance and trap education for dogs

The 21st annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12 at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Boise. The rattlesnake training costs $50 for pre-registered dogs.

Idaho Fish and Game also is offering a free seminar in trap awareness.

For more information on the snake avoidance event, click here.

Red-carpet event planned for ‘Destination Idaho’ film

From Idaho State Parks and Recreation:

A red-carpet premiere event has been planned for the screening of “Destination Idaho – A Visual Journey of the Great Gem State” at Boise’s historic Egyptian Theater on June 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the showing at 7 p.m. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. The family friendly content will appeal to all audiences.

Rebecca Rusch’s trip to Vietnam crash site will be a film

Endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch of Ketchum rode a bike last year along the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with the goal of reaching the crash site where her father’s plane was shot down in the Vietnam War.

Her trip will be a feature film produced by Red Bull Media House, titled “Blood Road.” It’s set for a 2017 release. More here.

More Playing Outdoors notes here.