Dogs bred to scare bears away—to protect them. Karelian bear dogs are a new, non-lethal tool for wildlife agencies concerned with ursine visitors getting too comfortable around humans. In 1996, the Wind River Bear Institute was founded to train a special breed of dogs to be “bear shepherds”—to bark and scare away bears when they get too close to human settlements and to condition them to steer clear. “Bears are naturally afraid of canids… [b]ecause packs of coyotes can steal cubs,” so they take off and don’t come back. Win-Win.