Colorado Parks and Wildlife teams are training dogs to haze released black bears (Ursus americanus) to ensure that they maintain their fear of humans. “The hope is that these bears associate humans with a place that they do
n’t want to be, so that way, in the future, they’re not going in trying to break into homes or get into people’s trash, looking for food, CPW’s Jason Clay told Denver’s Fox 31. The dogs remain on the leash in the training and don’t contact the bears.
Read more here, and watch a video that CPW posted on Twitter below.
Questions/concerns arise on if it is necessary or mean to use a K9 on a bear release.
Samson, part of @COParksWildlife‘s K9 pilot program, is being used as an experiment on bear hard releases. The purpose is to provide hazing tactics to reinforce a bears natural fear of humans. pic.twitter.com/aQ4RfORPwy
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) May 20, 2019