Believed to have survived to the present day from descendants of Viking Age spitz-type hunting dogs, Karelian Bear Dogs are a hunting breed known for their courage in dealing with large prey animals including bears and cougars. PAWS uses Karelian Bear dogs when releasing bears back into the wild in Washington, to bark and scare the bears to run away from the vehicles and humans. This technique furthers the effort to discourage any warm feelings towards humans by the bears.
The Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife’s Karelian Bear Dogs (KBD) help resolve the many bear-human conflicts that occur in the state and reduce the number of bears that have to be lethally removed. Many successes have been documented in re-training bears to avoid humans through the use of specialized dogs.
The Karelian Bear Dog Program is funded solely through private outside sources. These monies are handled and maintained in a separate account specifically for the care, upkeep and training of the KBDs. If enough funds are generated, the KBD program will be expanded throughout the state.
Participants are asked to bring food items for cats and/or dogs, all of which will be donated to PAWS. The PAWS van will be there before the race, from 7:30 -9 am.
For more information about the run see: http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/kbd5k/#sthash.41KpIaG0.dpuf. If you have questions or need further information about the 5K race contact: KBD5K@dfw.wa.gov.
Mill Creek City Hall is located at 15728 Main St. in Mill Creek.