Dave, Rebecca, and our four children live near Sturgis, South Dakota (home to the Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally), and The Black Hills. We became interested in Karelian Bear Dogs
when the mountain lion population in the nearby Black Hills exploded out of control. Lions were killing livestock, and entering
nearby towns. In one instance, a lion actually stepped onto the deck of a home, and fearlessly snatched a small dog while
the terrified owner stood only a few feet away. While the Game and Fish Department, the politicians, and the animal activists
were all debating on whether or not there should become a mountain lion hunting season, we decided to look
for options. We felt the Karelian Bear Dog was the answer to the fast growing problem.
Our family also found it is a excellent asset to our main outdoor activity,
backpacking in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. Four times a year, we backpack into the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, and found
the Karelian Bear Dogs are a great deterrent to help keep bears and moose away from camp while we are sleeping.
We now have four breeding females and one male bear dog.