Yew in Idaho (White Paper)

Yew Species in Idaho and Their Toxicity Risk to Wildlife, Livestock, Pets, and Humans. Yews are very popular in residential and commercial landscapes across Idaho and the US. They are attractive, evergreen shrubs or small trees with bright red, berry-like fruits. They are easy to prune and easy to grow--tolerating shade and a variety of soil types. Many cultivated varieties are available for sale and commonly found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors.

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In Idaho, popular landscaping bush has killed dozens of animals

BOISE, Idaho — Homeowner Jerry Smith and Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer Ben Cadwallader watched a mule deer eat from the poisonous yew bush in Smith’s back yard early this month. They followed as the deer ran over a hill.

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Help protect wildlife and pets by not planting yew this spring

F&G suggests a list of plants that are alternatives to toxic yew. It was a tough winter for big game as deep snow pushed them to low elevations in search of food. That search was fatal to many animals after eating a toxic plant that is common for ornamental landscaping.

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Elk find trouble in Hailey

Ten elk died yesterday after eating Japanese Yew in the Hailey Cemetery; later that night a lone cow elk fell in a window well and was trapped in a resident's basement, and other elk continue to be hit and killed on roadways. "It is one of those years, we have a lot of elk and we have our first normal snow levels in the past five years and elk are being pushed into the valley and getting into trouble," said Daryl Meints, Magic Valley Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager.

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