'Bear Whisperer' Keeps Black Bears in the Woods The people of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., rely on Steven Searles, the "bear whisperer," to keep their beloved black bears from intruding into their homes. He yells, blasts air horns, and fires rubber bullets at bears' behinds, all in an effort to persuade them to stay in the woods.
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'Bear Whisperer' Keeps Black Bears in the Woods

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'Bear Whisperer' Keeps Black Bears in the Woods

'Bear Whisperer' Keeps Black Bears in the Woods

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The people of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., rely on Steven Searles, the "bear whisperer," to keep their beloved black bears from intruding into their homes.

But Searles doesn't whisper. He yells, blasts air horns, and fires rubber bullets at bears' behinds, all in an effort to persuade them to stay in the woods.

Michele Norris talks with Searles about his methods.