Grizzly Bear & Bull Elk Go Head-To-Head In Yellowstone River

Nature is a cruel beast.

I’m a huge fan of nature shows like  Planet Earth, Our Planet and more, but sometimes, the harsh reality of nature is a little too much to stomach. If you’re not a fan, it’s time to look away.

Filmed this past Friday in the Hayden Valley area of Yellowstone National Park, we get a front row seat to a grizzly bear chasing down an elk into the Yellowstone River. At that point, it was time to rumble, and only the strong will survive.

According to the guy that captured the footage, it’s “not for kids.”

“At first light this morning I pulled over noting a Bull Elk with a few cows in the upper right of the meadow depicted in the opening photograph. I was startled moments later by a Bull Elk running into the Yellowstone River pursued by a large Grizzly Bear. The Grizzly was successful in taking down the Bull Elk after only a few minutes, but it worked for around a half an hour to redirect it to the far side of the river and secure it on the east bank, about one- hundred yards downstream from the north end of Hayden Valley.”


And after he drowns the big Bull Elk and drags him to shore, it’s lunchtime.

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A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock