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Nakiska, A Karelian Bear Dog at the GWDC

Karelian Bear Dogs are a breed of dog originating in Finland and Russia that were bred for the purpose of hunting bears, wolves and moose. Fearless by nature, this breed is known for its ability to work independently in difficult conditions. Carrie Hunt, founder and director of the Wind River Bear Institute www.beardogs.org pioneered the use of these dogs in bear management. The dogs are used to chase bears out of residential areas.

Nakiska a female KBD, was born on November 8, 2011 as part of a litter of eight. She worked with the WRBI before coming to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in 2012. At the WRBI, she was put through a training course that included assessment of skills and temperament for work in bear conflict management, bear protection, or being a companion dog.

Nakiska’s temperament and skill made her suitable to any of these positions. Because of this adaptability, it was determined that she would be a great fit to continue the Karelian Bear Dog legacy of a unique program that the Center offers about bear safety and bear-human conflict prevention that is called “Living with Bears”. Adopt Nakiska.

 

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