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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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.From Booklist:
Gr. 4-6. This entry into the Canines with a Mission series introduces Karelian bear dogs. The dogs, originally from Finland, were once bear hunters. Now, Carrie Hunt uses them to keep grizzly and black bears out of trouble. Many bears today are comfortable with humans, in settings as diverse as backyards and national parks, but they have become a danger to people and to themselves; bears that destroy property are often put down. Hunt, a bear biologist, has trained her team to frighten bears by barking at them and chasing them. Since 1995, her dogs have tackled "bear emergencies" throughout the western U.S. The text of this photo-essay is sometimes wordy, but the color photographs are intriguing; troublesome bears and clever, appealing dogs are a winning combination. The book concludes with tips for keeping a "good bear good." There's also advice about setting up campsites and what to do if confronted by a bear. A fresh subject for report writers or browsers. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Walker Childrens, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802787592