Wife and I just got our black bear's back that we got in Sept. I already have a rug so we decided to just have these tanned. WOW! I knew they would shrink some but had no idea how much. Mine was a little over 6' and he now looks like a cub. Wife's, well I hate to even say what it looks like. My question is, dont you stretch the hides out before they make a rug? Is there any sugestions on how to stretch these out or should I get my taxidermist here to do it. I am not expecting them to be same size they were when we skinned them but a little closer would be nice.