On Wednesday, August 29th, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will give a presentation about their Karelian Bear Dog Program and how the agency's fearless four-legged officers are helping protect bears and cougars.
The Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) is a little known breed in the United States. Originally from Finland, the KBD was bred to be a fearless big game hunter. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife currently has six Karelian Bear Dogs, four seniors and two puppies, each one a partner with a human Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Officer or Wildlife Biologist.
Working at the direction of their human partners, these dogs assist in both the capture and the release of bears and cougars that come uncomfortably close to humans. They have also helped in finding evidence in wildlife crimes (poaching).