Our wish is making a “Town Where Humans and Bears Can Live”
- To protect people’s safety
- To keep bears for the future generations
Picchio aims for this coexistence and is taking actions to make humans and bears able to live together while keeping an appropriate distance.
Bears are animals with strong individuality, and the range of activities and patterns for each one are different. We capture and put radio-collars on them, track their movements, and prevent them from being harmful.
1. Attachment of the Radio-collar
We anesthetize the bears that have been captured with traps, and we affix them with radio collars. We take measurements of their height, weight, etc., and we also take some of their hair for the purpose of DNA analysis.
2. Hard Release
A bear equipped with a transmitter is intimidated by the loud voices of humans, or dogs, or by rubber bullets, etc., and they are reminded that getting close to humans or dogs is scary, so they return to the forest.
3. Behavioral Tracking
By receiving the radio waves, we determine the position of the bears. It is also vital for the purpose of not accidentally killing bears which have not caused any conflicts.
4. Chasing Off
In accordance with the results of the behavioral tracking, we send them away with bear dogs around the clock.
The Work of Bear Dogs
With bear dogs, people can protect bears without hurting them
Bear dogs are something indispensable for the coexistence of humans and bears.
Picchio introduced the first generation of bear dogs in Asia in 2004, working with the American bear dog training organization, Wind River Bear Institute. In October 2015, they ushered in two second-generation bear dogs.
1. Chasing Off
Bear dogs bark with loud voices, and chase bears that try to approach residential areas back into the forest. They never attack the bears and; at the handler’s command, always maintain a constant distance. These dogs chase the bears off during the bears’ active seasons, which is from the beginning of summer through autumn.
2. Determining Migratory Paths
Bear dogs are trained to respond to the scent of bears. Through scent, they can determine the bears’ migratory paths. Knowing the migratory paths is crucial for thinking about methods of preventing bears from trespassing onto private property, etc.
3. Staff Safety Management
In cases where bears have not been affixed with a radio-collar crawl into thickets, bear dogs sense and smell the bear’s scent before their presence is known. By having a bear dog, staff can work safely and be active even at night.
4. Bridge Between Humans and Bears
Picchio conducts seminars on how to coexist in a bear’s environment and get along safely with them. Bear dogs are also brought in the seminar, assuming the role of goodwill ambassadors who call for the coexistence of humans and bears.