One of the things that we love about Idaho is the wildlife. It's hard to feel disconnected from nature, even when you're in the heart of the city in Boise. With the greenbelt, the foothills, and all of the great places to hike, it won't take long for you to have an encounter with wildlife. Most of these encounters are with the Canadian Geese, squirrels, or deer. Still, occasionally, residents of the Treasure Valley have come across wildlife that they wouldn't expect. Below, you can read four such examples that have happened in the Boise metropolitan area over the past two years.


Black Bear
According to KTVB, in May of 2019, a black bear was spotted near Micron and the New York Canal. Later it was seen on the grounds of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. It eventually made its way towards Highway 21 before returning to where it came from.

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According to an observation reported on the Idaho Fish & Game website, three interns at Diane Moore Nature Center saw a young female moose on an early June morning.

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A little over a year ago, a man living on the Boise Bench was shocked to see a peacock fly into his backyard. He posted a video of it on Facebook, which caught the attention of KTVB. Their report included an interview with the Idaho Humane Society, who confirmed that there at least seven wild peacocks running around the Boise Bench. They don't know how they got here. They aren't native to Idaho. Instead, peacocks are from India. They believe that an owner decided to let them go, and now this group of peacocks has made Boise home.

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According to, In early August, Nampa Police got a call from someone claiming to have seen a 6-foot alligator underneath their trailer. Police didn't expect to actually find a giant reptile, but that is precisely what they found. This Alligator had escaped from the Idaho Reptile Zoo.

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