When taming a HIGH level dire bear, make 10 pillars, place 9 in the shape of a U. Place a large bear trap in the closed end of the U, when building the U all the pillars should snap automatically. Hit the bear, run through the trap and over the large bear trap, when it gets caught, go to the back and place the last pillar to close it off. After you can place spikes around most of the openings, this trap is reusable by destroying the last pillar and spikes (if you added spikes) and putting another large bear trap in. :) And also the cost of a large bear trap is 6 ingots, some fiber and hide.
Probably the most versatile land creature. Can eat berries and meat. Hard to tame unless you use DARTS or a SNOW OWL to heal it during tranq arrow-ing it with a x-bow.
Probably best to put HP>Dmg. These things are trucks but don't get to cocky.
Direbear have little health compared to torpor. Keep a few tamed dodos at your ramp trap. When you've shot the bear enough for it to be bloody, throw in a dodo. It will instantly kill and eat it and start regenerating health. Give it a moment or two and continue darting. Happy hunting!