Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Meet a Karelian Bear Dog

Meet a Karelian bear dog at The Nature Conservancy's Flat Ranch Preserve--located just north of Macks Inn off Highway 20--at 7 pm Wednesday, July 18. Jennifer Pils of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone will introduce the audience to Jewel, a Karelian bear dog retired from active use. The event is free to the public and is great for children.

The preserve is located just 15 miles west of the West Yellowstone entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Karelian bear dogs were originally bred in Finland and Russia to hunt bears and other large mammals. Fearless and intelligent, these canines are now being put to a new use: to scare off problem bears from areas used by humans. Combined with other averse conditioning such as pepper spray and rubber bullets, Karelian bear dogs help teach bears which areas are off limits, so the bears can continue to live and thrive in Yellowstone country.

The event is part of Flat Ranch's summer speaker series, which also includes natural history programs on various area wildlife, fly tying demonstrations, bird walks, geology lectures, book readings and more.

Make Flat Ranch a part of your summer Yellowstone vacation!

Photo courtesy Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, West Yellowstone.

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