Meet Our TeamHard Working, Loyal, and Passionate
Director and Founder
Carrie is the founder of both the Wind River Bear Institute and Wind River Tails & Trails. She holds a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology. After working on multiple bear projects as a biologist and seeing bears be relocated or euthanized, she set out to create a better way of managing human-bear conflicts.
What resulted was Bear Shepherding, and the use of Karelian Bear Dogs for Wildlife Service Dog work. Because of their unique natures, Carrie was forced to develop her own style of training; it is what we know today as “Partnership Training.” Using her expertise in the field of biology and years of experience working with bears and dogs, this style of training became so successful that she wanted to extend it to the public’s dogs, and opened up Wind River Tails & Trails. She was honored in 2011 by The Wildlife Society with the coveted Montana Wildlife Conservation Award for her work on bears and Wildlife Service Dogs.
As of January 2016, Carrie has taken a personal leave from T&T to care for her family. She is still actively working with our Wildlife Shepherding Dogs and forwarding the mission of our nonprofit organization, but is now based in Utah. She is reachable by email.
Business Manager, Dog Training Program Coordinator, Service Dog Specialist
Ally joined the T&T team in 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a research emphasis in Animal Behavior, and a Professional Dog Trainer Certification from Animal Behavior College. She has been training dogs since 2009 and was the lead trainer for the Missoula PetSmart training program for much of 2014.
In addition to dogs, Ally is also a licensed falconer and has been training and hunting with birds of prey since 2006. She is a member of the Montana Falconers’ Association as well as the North American Falconer’s Association (NAFA).
Ally’s training specialties are in training service dogs and therapy dogs, and helping pet dog owners live the Montana outdoor lifestyle with our complete Off Leash program. She lives with her own three dogs: Kodi, a Siberian Husky, Karma, an American Brittany, and Vita, a heeler mix. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Therapy Pet Evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited.
Kennel & Volunteer Coordinator, Behavior Rehabilitation Specialist
Partners-in-Life Trainer, Socialization Specialist
Shannon joined the team in September 2016. Stay tuned for more info!
Ruby joined the team in February 2017. Stay tuned for more info!
Lead Volunteer, Karelian Bear Dog caretaker/handler