Hi all, my name is Dan and I have been a member for years but have always been able to find what I need with the search function until today. A relative of mine is an outfitter here in BC and has approached me with the opportunity to process his black bear hides (roughly 30 per year) for shipping to his clients and their respective taxidermists. I am certainly interested, and willing, however all of my experience is on birds and therefore I am also lacking a lot of necessary mammal info. I feel like skinning skulls and paws should be be fairly easy to self teach with a slow approach (I have skinned skulls before for European mounts etc), skinning is skinning, but I need to know what to do beyond that to ship a high quality salted and dried hide. So basically I am looking for guidance to complete that process all the way through CITES paperwork and shipping. I have many questions about preferred means of fleshing, do I need to wash the hide in any way, and most importantly what kind of conditions should I be processing and drying them under, as in ideal temperature and humidity? Thank you very much for your time and expertise, all help is welcome and appreciated.