Meet Steve Searles, the bear whisperer of Mammoth Lakes, California:
Since he became the Police Department's volunteer wildlife specialist in 1996, Searles has gained a national reputation as a bear whisperer, someone who can deal with problem bears without killing them.
He tries to think like a bear. He studies their habits and social hierarchy. He has participated in Native American ceremonies to learn what the tribes perceive as bears' spiritual nature. He even has been known to spread his own urine to drive away territorial animals.
"I'm the biggest, baddest, meanest bear in this town -- that's what I want them to think," said the 48-year-old. "I'm the alpha male, and they must obey me."
But not everyone was happy with Steve's methods: he was eventually fired by the authorities, though he's now back due to popular demand.
Here's the fascinating story of the man who shows the bears who's boss: Link (with video clip)