I have a native tribe in pre-Columbus America that has successfully domesticated small, omnivorous bears. They are similar in size to Sun Bears [120–150 cm (47–59 in) / 27–80 kg (60–176 lb)]. I want to use the bear as dog replacement but I don't think its plausible to use them as hounds or to make them herd.
Is there any useful thing that my domestic bear could do well for the tribe beside being a pet? I'm not looking for bear cavalry, just anything useful where a bear fits better than dogs & cats.
The bear is domesticated not tamed,tribe successfully breed it for generations as pets.
Please no suggestions for the bear as food source.
Just watched documentary about Sun Bears , the good thing is that even Tigers who share habitat with Sun Bears won't predate them, the bad news is that humans in Indonesia keep them in cages and cut their paws one by one as delicacy :(