Boise, Idaho

From Idaho Falls’ Idaho8.com of October 22, 2007

Bear named ‘Twister’ that survived Idaho tornado shot by camper

After surviving a howling Idaho mountain tornado, a female black bear cub’s luck has run out.

Twister, as the yearling was called after being orphaned by the 2006 storm, was shot and killed last month by an armed camper.

The bear was raised at the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Center near Boise and had been released back into the Boise National Forest in June.

Ever since, Idaho Fish and Game officials say they received sporadic reports of the bear loitering near campsites.

Early September 20th, Twister was shot by a camper who said he caught Twister sticking her nose inside the wrong tent.

Fish and Game officials say this year’s drought has dramatically reduced bear foods such as wild berries, forcing many animals into closer proximity to humans – and into harm’s way.

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