Gateway Gazette

Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers Bid Final Farewell to Kuma

 

Kuma - Alberta ParksIt is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Kuma, an Alberta Fish and Wildlife K9 service dog.

Kuma was one of the first wildlife management dogs to enter Canada 15 years ago with his brother Mica, where he was partnered in Alberta with his lifelong friend and handler, District Officer John Clarke.

Kuma was based out of the Crowsnest Pass, but worked throughout the province with District Officer Clarke. Kuma quickly became respected and admired for his bravery and willingness to enter any situation without hesitation alongside John.

The main focus of Kuma’s career was bear management. He worked on hundreds of bears, both grizzly and black bears alike. Kuma excelled at tracking, treeing, and ‘pushing’ bears out of unwanted areas, thereby preventing conflicts with humans. Kuma also became well known for his work teaching the local herds of bighorn sheep to stay off the highway, chasing rogue moose out of town, and seeking out the odd visiting cougar.

One of the amazing attributes Kuma demonstrated was his ability to be strong, fearless, and aggressive when needed on duty, but also able to play with small children and do many tricks for them. Kuma attended many school talks and presentations every year. He met over 100,000 people throughout his career and was friendly and gentle to them all.

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