Raise a glass to Stryker!
At 13 years old we had to put him down due to his ailing health.
I got Mountain Front Stryker out of a litter bred by Mike Madel in Montana. He was the first Karelian Bear Dog for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, having started our KBD program in 2001. With grandparents Rio and Cassie of Wind River Bear Institute, Stryker continued their lineage by siring two litters, one of which produced Rooster. Stykers legacy lives on with Roosters line, now spread from California, Idaho and Wyoming to Washington, Montana and Alaska; and soon to be Japan!
Stryker saved hundreds of bears, having participated in more than 400 hard releases. He was my “crawl space” dog, and loved hazing bears that were trying to hibernate under homes. He rode in helicopters, snow mobiles and ski lifts in route to numerous dens. He was the superstar in several episodes of National Geographic’s Animal Extractors, and starred on the Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, as well as being showcased on numerous national and international news stories. And before age caught up with him Stryker toured the entire 165 miles of the Tahoe Rim Trail with my son Nolan and I, finishing the TRT in 2011.
What a great dog!