This grizzly is forced to retreat due to overwhelming numbers from a wolf pack.
The two most awesome predators living in Yellowstone National Park are the gray wolf and the grizzly bear. These two animals are very different by nature, but strike fear into the parks, deer, elk, and bison populations. Sometimes, the paths of these two predators cross and when they do, the result is a huge fight.
The grizzly bear in this video has noticed a large pack of wolves in his area and curiosity gets the better of the bruin. When it decides to wander in for a closer look, the wolves suddenly go on the defensive.
What follows is a spectacular sight straight out of a nature documentary as the wolves circle the bear, which must keep its head on a swivel to keep from getting overwhelmed by sheer numbers.
We lost count of the number of wolves in this pack, but we are guessing it was at least 20 against one here. Not exactly a fair fight and the bear was wise to retreat out of the area. The bruin may have underestimated their numbers because of how well many of those wolves blended into the grasses on the side of the hill. Talk about perfect predators.
It was hard to tell exactly what drew that bear's interest in the first place. We are guessing the wolves had a kill down on the ground and the bear likely smelled it. Grizzly bears may be fierce predators at times, but they are not above scavenging a meal if it means expending little energy.
Bear and wolf encounters are not uncommon in Yellowstone. We have seen battles between these animals before where the bear came out on top. The bears get a little more defensive when the tables are turned, and the wolves try to steal from him. In any case, this video serves as another example of how wild and untamed our first National Park can be at times.
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