Sure, they generally will hunter similar prey, and are both opportunistic hunters, but the omnivorous bears have a wider variety of fruits, fish and plants in their diet.
However, if they’re starving they may try to hunt either other, but it’s very, very rare. Wolves may attack a cub, but incur the wrath of the mama bear, and bears may hunt a lone wolf here and there, but only when desperate. Neither one really want to go through that trouble for a meal.
Most of the time, when these two tangle, it’s about protecting food… and a pack of wolves will do everything they can to defend a kill against a thieving grizzly, and vise versa.
In this instance, we have the Junction Butte Pack treeing a black bear who got a little close to their fresh bison kill:
“Black bear wanders into the wrong neighborhood.
These two older males of the Junction Butte Pack did not take too kindly to this black bear encroaching in on their freshly killed bison.
They chased and harassed this bear up the same tree for close to half an hour.
If you look closely in the second video, you’ll see one of the wolves showing off his teeth as the bear scrambled back up the tree.”
Captured by Yellowstone Adam Brubaker of Tied to Nature, the video picks up in the Hayden Valley area of Yellowstone with a couple of wolves from Wapiti Lake Pack and a curious grizzly bear.
You’d think that a bear would want to run away when he’s outnumbered by a few wolves, but nope, this fella charges forward to get a better look.
“I think more than anything, he wants to know what it is, and what’s going on. That’s why he was standing up. It’s the same thing with people; they don’t want to be surprised by anything.”
Two wolves turned into three, turned into five, turned into fifteen and all if the sudden grizz has a big problem on his hands.
And while they circled him up and took turns nipping at him, our guide explains in the video that they’re most likely just trying to escort him away from their territory and that there wasn’t any intention to kill the bear.
“They’re just leading him away, so it’s not like they’re attacking him, but it’s saying ‘hey, we don’t want you here.'”
Basically, herding the bear away like a pack of sheep dogs… just a little more aggressive.
I think it goes without saying, but the folks on the guided tour were more than thrilled with this kind of encounter. If you get the chance to get over to Yellowstone, I’d highly recommend you go.
Brubaker called the encounter a “once in a lifetime sighting.”
“I had the awesome opportunity to share this once in a life time wolf and grizzly sighting while on tour in Yellowstone today. This grizzly was foraging in the far end of the valley when the wolves started to cross his path.
The grizzly started standing up on his hind legs to get a better view of what was going on and then started to approach the wolves. Soon the rest of the wolf pack appears and escorts the bear into the trees.”
Nature man… I friggin’ love it.
Grizzly Bear Fends Off Wolves To Protect Elk Carcass
This is a solid 3.5 minutes of anxiety.
A crystal clear video was taken at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on September 23rd and shows a big ol’ grizzly bear with its kill (an elk) going nose to nose with a grey wolf.
Needles to say, both of these majestic beasts want a taste of that delicious elk meat, but ol’ grizz isn’t gonna let that happen.
The person who shot the video had this to say:
“Yellowstone Park grizzly bear 791 defends his elk kill from an intruding grey wolf. 791 recently took down the elk in the Yellowstone river and proceeded to bury it on the rivers edge to cover the scent of the decaying carcass.
However, after a few days the wolves began to pick up on it. This wolf was alone and therefore not much of a threat to the massive grizzly. It was more of a game to him to see how close the dominating bear would let him get to his kill.
To my surprise, as proven by this image, he let him get very close. The wolf would slowly approach, the bear would make a slight shift in position, and the wolf would back off for awhile.
This cycle occurred 4 times in my watching.”
It gets tense, but I don’t think that wolf wants any piece of that big ol’ boy.
Watch it go down
Mama Grizzly Feeds Cubs With After Chasing Down Elk Calf
One particular female grizzly bear in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park is some what of a big deal. Popular with tourists, “Bear 399” is arguably the most famous grizzly bear in the world.
Grizzly 399 was born in 1996, and according to Outdoor Life she was given her name/number by the Yellowstone Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team who has monitored her closely for the duration of her life.
She is 7-feet tall, weighs 400-pounds and has given birth to 16 cubs over the years. Though she has spent most of her life in close proximity to tourist activity, the bear has never had a negative run in with humans.
Rafael Sandoval was recently exploring Grand Teton National Park when he captured an absolutely awe inspiring sequence of photos of Bear 399 hunting down an elk calf to feed her own cubs.
“So this just happened last night and my heart is still racing… This grizzly sow #399 bagged an elk calf for a dinner for five after an intense chase. For the past few months, bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been browsing on nutrient dense vegetation such as grasses, flowers and roots.
However, as prey species like elk, bison and deer begin dropping calves like it’s going out of style, the bears have begun to switch over to more savory menu options. The CALFeteria is open, folks!”
Even though it’s only an elk calf, the raw power and speed of the grizzly is on full display. Grizzlies are capable of reaching speeds of 35 mph, which is terrifyingly fast when you think about it.
In one photo the bears long sharp claws are clearly visible as it closes in and overwhelms the baby elk.
The fact that the mama bear had 4 cubs in tow to feed somehow makes the little elk’s demise less sad.
Once the elk was on the ground, those baby bears jumped on that thing like drunk people on a 2AM pizza.
Elk Runs Right Into A Moving Car Fleeing Wolf Attack At Yellowstone
Matt Fluke of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was looking for a place to picnic with his family when the car behind him got smoked by an elk. Boom, right into the side of their SUV.
Of course there is nothing special about hitting an elk with your car, just about anybody that’s every heard a country song has a deer a time or two. But this elk wasn’t just crossing the road, it was running for its life.
Yep, right after it slammed into the car and knocked itself out, a black wolf emerged from the trees, just seconds behind it.
“I didn’t look at my dashcam video until I got back to where we were staying at. Originally I thought it happened behind that car. We pulled over for a second and saw the elk on the road and the wolf with it.”
Naturally, they pulled over to watch nature take its course.
Wanna catch an elk? Just chase it into a moving car… chase is over.
“There was a turn out real close and lots of other cars stopping around there. You could see it from where we were at and the car that was behind me pulled over and then pulled out and went down the road… it was wild.”