Bear Dogs: Canines with a Mission

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Carrie Hunt's dogs are obsessed with bears. These 50 pound bundles of energy and courage routinely take on 400 pound grizzly bears - and win. For centuries, Karelian Bear Dogs have been famous in Russian and Finland for their bear hunting abilities. Carrie has taught these dogs a new trick, using their instinct and energy to steer problem bears away from trouble.

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Carrie Hunt's dogs are obsessed with bears. These 50 pound bundles of energy and courage routinely take on 400 pound grizzly bears - and win. For centuries, Karelian Bear Dogs have been famous in Russian and Finland for their bear hunting abilities. Carrie has taught these dogs a new trick, using their instinct and energy to steer problem bears away from trouble.

As people and bears come together more and more frequently - in backyards, national parks, and wilderness areas - some bears are losing their natural fear of humans, endangering people's lives, and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage each year. If a bear cannot be taught to stay away from people, it has to be destroyed. Carrie, a bear biologist, has trained her unique canine team to teach wayward bears form Montana to Alaska a lesson they will never forget.

These endearing dogs, as gentle and loving with people as they are fearless with bears, are bringing a humane solution to this modern dilemma, allowing people and bears to share the wilderness they both love.

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Carrie Hunt is a bear biologist with a heartwarming mission. In 1995 she started the Wind River Bear Institute and the Partners in Life program, training Kalelian bear dogs, husky-like dogs from Finland, to handle bear emergencies of a special kind all over the west. She did this by training the dogs to approach bears that were loitering around roadsides, campgrounds and other places they might be likely to come in contact with people. The dogs bark and aggressively chase the bears, repeatedly if necessary, until the bears learn to no longer approach these places, and thereby stay safe in the woods. Carrie and her dogs are on call from their base in Whitefish, Montana and travel as far as Alaska¾wherever they are needed to train bears in new habits that save bear lives and humans as well. The author, Ted Wood, is an experienced photo essayist who has written about a wide range of fascinating topics, all with heart. Adults and older children alike will come away with a better understanding of how we need to live in peace and harmony with nature. Here is an example of how one biologist and one photographer are doing just that. 2001, Walker Publishing, $17.85 and $16.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
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Gr 1-4-In the northern Rocky Mountains, biologist Carrie Hunt works with Karelian bear dogs to shepherd bears away from human contact and offer an alternative to relocation or destroying the animals. This attractive photo-essay shows the dogs of Hunt's Partners in Life organization frightening a mother bear and cubs from a busy roadside in Glacier National Park and from a town where animals are breaking into people's homes for food. When not working, the dogs are in schools teaching children about proper bear safety. The final page includes tips on "How to Keep a Good Bear Good." Readers can imagine the excitement and noise involved in this humane approach to ursine preservation. Sharp, large-format color pictures of the handsome, intelligent, and loving canines with a paragraph of text per picture will be irresistible to dog and bear lovers alike.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802787583
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Wood has published a number of highly praised photoessays for Walker & Company, including Iditarod Dream; Spirit of the Maya; Two Lands, One Heart; and Ghosts of the West Coast. Ted lives in Jackson, Wyoming, and Boulder, Colorado.

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