In this article the author discusses their work as black bear and furbearer biologist. A furbearer is any mammal that is known for fur harvesting and in North Carolina this includes 18 different wildlife species. These species include both aquatic and terrestrial animals which examples of are bobcats, raccoons, otters, beavers, nine-banded armadillo, and the eastern spotted skunk. The author states that his line of work came bring them to the coastal plains one week and the mountains the next. The relationship between the biologist and local hunters and trappers is very important because it is the locals that provide information, data, samples, and help by submitting surveys. This career choice was not easy for the author in the beginning because they did not have many female role models in the field and people were skeptical that a woman could work in their line of profession. Lastly, the author states that the profession has changed a lot of the past 20 years and this has led to more respect for women working in this field.