Bears are caught by Honey
In French, “Il faut avoir mauvaise bête par douceur,” for, as La Fontaine says, “Plus fait douceur que violence.”Bears are very fond of honey. Bribes win even bears.
There is another phrase: Divide honey with a bear, i.e. It is better to divide your honey with a bear than to provoke its anger.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894