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2014 Karelian Bear Dog 5K run/walk

You and your furry friend are invited to the third annual Karelian Bear Dog 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 9:00 am on the North Creek Trail entrance behind City Hall in Mill Creek, WA.
This will be Mishka’s farewell run. Say farewell and thank Mishka for his year’s of service. Photo credit: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

You and your furry friend are invited to the third annual Karelian Bear Dog 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 9:00 am on the North Creek Trail entrance behind City Hall in Mill Creek, WA.

  • What: Karelian Bear Dog 5K run/walk
  • When: Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 9:00 am
  • Where: North Creek Trail entrance behind Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St, Mill Creek, WA 98012

This will be Karelian Bear Dog Mishka's farewell run. Mishka has been a valuable asset to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Program since 2003 and is retiring this year.

Race Information
This 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk starts at 9:00am on the North Creek Trail entrance behind Mill Creek City Hall. That’s right you and your furry friend 5K run. North Creek Trail is a flat paved surface with soft shoulders and stroller friendly.

Registration Information
Pre-register by mail, or day-of-race. Mail-in registration must be received by May 27th. Payment can be mailed in or paid day-of-race. Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/kbd5k

Registration: May 31st,7:30-8:30am

  • $30-Per person May 3-27
  • $35-Per person day of race
  • $10-Kids over 8
  • FREE-Kids 8 & under

Race T-shirts
There will be a limited amount on hand, day-of-race.

Race Day
Parking is behind Mill Creek City Hall, located at 15728 Main St, Mill Creek WA 98012.

Every pet deserves to have a full belly! All participants are asked to bring two cans or one bag of pet food donations for PAWS of Lynnwood.

WDFW Karelian Bear Dogs (KBDs) help resolve the many bear-human conflicts that occur in our 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. It is hoped they will also be used to conduct similar work with mountain lions and work as a wildlife enforcement detection dog.

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 to assist and help officers in each of our six Regions.

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is excited about their partnership with Wind River Bear Institute and their growing Karelian Bear Dog teams. They look forward to the KBD teams serving both the people and wildlife in Washington well into the future.

If you have questions or need further information about the 5K race please contact: KBD5K@dfw.wa.gov.

See more at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/kbd5k/#sthash.9VfMyHdm.dpuf.

 

 

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