WA Fish & Game Adds More Dogs To ForceWashington Fish & Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased its Karelian Bear Dog force. The department uses the dogs against nuisance bears. The idea is to re-instill fear of human neighborhoods when bears wander into them looking for food.
The two puppies will bring the number of Karelian Bear Dogs on the job with Washington state game wardens up to six. The medium-sized dogs are used as they are a fierce and fearless dog breed and can re-educate unwelcome black bears in the state.
Washington F&W is the only agency in the northwest currently using Karelian Bear dogs. The program is funded by private donations.