Donate to the Karelian Bear Dog Program

The KBD Program is 100% supported by private donations.

The public may donate to the Karelian Bear Dog Program, by sending check or money order to:

16018 Mill Creek Blvd
Mill Creek WA 98012

State of Washington employees may donate through the Combined Fund Drive.

Karelian Bear Dog Program


Meet the Karelian Bear Dogs


KBD Indy was born on November 8, 2011 and is stationed in Wenatchee with handler and WDFW Bear & Cougar Specialist Rich Beausoleil and KBD Cash.  Working alongside KBD Cash, they are kept busy with both research and management activities capturing cougars and bears statewide.

Two Karelian Bear dogs sniffing at a tranqulized black bear laying on a tarp.
Cash & Indy checking out a research captured bear while it was still sleeping.  KBDs know when to turn in on and off.
Three Karelian Bear dogs sitting and facing the camera.
Three generations of champion bear dogs.  From left to right, Cash (born 2006), Indy (2011), & Mishka (2003).
Two Karelian Bear dogs in stream by small waterfall.
Simple things like waterfalls are good training for Cash & Indy and help build confidence.

Two Karelian Bear dogs on the rear jump seats of a truck with door open.
Cash & Indy prepared to go to work.  The eyes tell the story.

A Karelian Bear dog playing with a white ball in the grass.
Here’s Indy having some fun at home.  This is another form of informal training that helps KBDs perform in the field.
Three Karelian Bear dogs trotting down two track mountain road.
Cash, Indy and Colter on patrol in the backcountry.

Close-up of black bear in tree
Two Karelian Bear Dogs barking at a treed black bear. Cash & Indy treed this bear in the backcountry for a bear research project.  Thanks to them, no traps were required for this capture.

Three Karelian bear dogs and enforcement officers hard releasing a black bear from a culvert trap.
Indy (left), Cash (middle) and Savu during an onsite release of a bear.  Doing on-site releases allows the bear to stay within its home range and the process educates the landowner on why the bear was there in the first place so they can remove the food attractants (garbage, bird seed, fruit trees).