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


In 2009, Officer Chris Moszeter was selected to be one of Enforcement’s next Karelian bear dog (KBD) handlers.  Chris was anxiously awaiting news of puppies being born at the Wind River Bear Institute (WRBI) in Montana.  Unfortunately, only one puppy was born alive.  After discussing WDFW’s options with the director of WRBI, Carrie Hunt, WDFW decided to purchase Colter’s brother Savute, born on November 12, 2008.  Carrie had brought Savute along with his grandfather, KBD Blaze, with her on a previous trip to help train Enforcement’s other KBDs on bear calls.  This gave Chris the opportunity to work with Savute and everyone saw it was a perfect fit.  Thanks to the generous donations of the Seattle Puget Sound Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) for funding the purchase and upkeep of Savute. 

Chris and Savute work out of the North Bend station in King County and will always have plenty of bear and cougar work to keep Savute top notch.  WDFW and Chris expect that Savute will do great things throughout his career.

Karelian bear dog, officer and WRBI Director posing for a photo.
Officer Chris Moszeter with WRBI Director Carrie Hunt and Savute at a bear presentation in Washington, May 2009.
Karelian Bear dog with officer in truck.
Officer Chris Moszeter and Savute heading home to Washington from WRBI in Montana, July 2010.

Chris and Savute spent four days at WRBI bonding and learning how to work as a team tracking animals and all kinds of dead stuff. Chris quickly learned that Savute had a very keen nose for finding things. They were fortunate enough to be able to go with WRBI staff on a bear conflict call in the Lolo area of Montana. While searching the area with senior KBD Yoki, Savute located a strong scent and literally drug Officer Moszeter straight into one of the offending black bears. It was Savute’s first live bear encounter, and he worked through it like he had been doing it his whole life.

Chris and Savute returned to Washington to start their career and hit the ground running. Savute helped tree two orphaned bear cubs in Fall City. One of the cubs was later trapped and transported to PAWS Wildlife Care Center. Savute found his voice on those bears and quickly learned to bark at the bears. Savute then assisted with several problem bear in the Snoqualmie area, and located where the bears were camping out after raiding neighborhood garbages. Chris and Savute taught the neighbors tips for cohabitating with the bears. They also responded to a potentially dangerous situation where a bear was feeding in a dumpster at a gas station on Snoqualmie Pass. The bear quickly gathered an audience and fortunately no one was injured. By the time Chris and Savute responded, the bear had left. Savute did not give up that easily, as soon as he donned his harness, he drug Chris through the woods, hot on the bears trail and pushed the bear out of the area. Chris saw the bear twice and both times as soon as the bear saw Savute, he turned tail and ran! Savute and Chris educated the gas station owner on ways to prevent future incidents.

Karelian bear dog Savute sitting in pose on grass.
Handsome boy at Mill Creek Festival.
Savute nose to nose barking at bear in trap, letting him know who’s boss!!.
Savute nose to nose barking at bear in trap, letting him know who’s boss!!
Officer Chris Moszeter & Savute on 'hard release' with retired Officer Bruce Richards on top of trap.
Officer Chris Moszeter & Savute on “hard release” with retired Officer Bruce Richards on top of trap.
Savute on boat patrol.
Savute on boat patrol
Savute in his work truck.
Savute in his work truck.
Savute resting during a presentation next to a stuffed demonstration cougar.
Savute resting during a presentation
Karelian Bear dog Savute posing for a photo with muddy legs and paws.
Sometimes we get our paws dirty when we are working.
Officer Chris Moszeter and Savute in the office.
Office work is not as fun as getting muddy