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Bear attempts to enter vehicle near McCall; campground closed

A black bear in Yellowstone National Park.
A black bear in Yellowstone National Park. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The Payette National Forest has closed Kennally Creek Campground for at least the rest of this month due to black bear activity.

The campground is southeast of McCall.

The closure also affects the Kennally Creek Horse Camp and North Fork of Kennally Creek Trail (No. 102). The trail is closed from the Kennally Creek Campground trailhead to the junction with the Needles Summit Trail (No. 101). The Needles Summit Trail and the rest of the North Fork of Kennally Creek Trail are open.

A black bear attempted to enter an unoccupied vehicle Thursday, according to the Payette National Forest. A black bear had visited the campground while it was occupied in weeks prior.

“The rationale for closing the campgrounds, trail, and trailhead is to eliminate the presence of human food and garbage,” a Payette National Forest press release states. “This will allow time for the bear or bears to self-relocate.”

More details in mountain lion case

Idaho Fish and Game released more details on the mountain lion that tried to drag an Idaho girl away from a campsite in East Idaho.

The press release:

The mountain lion believed to be responsible for attacking a 4-year-old girl near her family camp Friday evening east of Rexburg weighed approximately 90 pounds and turned out to be a young male rather than a young female as originally reported.

While the cat appeared to be healthy, tests are being performed to check for any potential diseases. Evidence at the scene indicates the lion put down by sheriff deputies was responsible for the attack. However, biologists are collecting DNA samples to attempt confirmation.

Initially it was thought that the child was taken to a hospital in Idaho Falls. Instead, the child was taken to a nearby immediate-care facility for treatment and was back in camp with her family the following day.