"He will go nose-to-nose with a bear," Richards told a local newspaper in 2015. When the state released bears who had wandered into human territory, Mishka would frighten them as a reminder to fear humans. If bears lose this fear, they often return to human territory and endanger people - and themselves.
Nowadays, Mishka spends most of his time hanging out with Officer Richards. The two retired together in 2015 after Richards served in the department for 41 years.
After all that barking at bears and nuzzling fawns, Mishka deserves a rest in his golden years.
You can watch the full video of Mishka at work below.