Officially known as Bear 122, the Boss got his nickname for his absolute dominance in his neck of the woods around Banff National Park in Banff, Alberta.
Estimated to be around 20 years old and weighing in between 650-700 lbs, the Boss has earned his reputation as one of the toughest and baddest bears in Banff.
Back in 2013, Banff’s Sundance Canyon trail had to be shut down after the Boss was spotted eating a carcass near the popular hiking area. And that carcass? Well, it turned out to be a black bear.
And it’s not just other bears that fail to strike fear into the Boss. He once survived being hit by a train. But tracking data shows that the bear was undeterred and still continues to use the railways in the area for travel and foraging. In fact, he also frequently crosses the heavily-trafficked highways in the area, not bothered by the high-speed traffic.
I see why they call him The Boss.
As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also estimated that this particular bear has fathered up to 70% of the grizzly bear cubs in the national park, and tracking data shows that he has a “home area” that’s around 1,000 square miles.
Yet despite his reputation as one of the top – and toughest – predators in the area, the bear has reportedly grown surprisingly used to humans, and has never shown any aggression towards them during his travels.
Still, this is one bear that I’d rather see from a (very long) distance.
This bear’s name is ‘The Boss’ and he completely dominates Banff national park. He once survived getting hit by a train, and he has killed and eaten many black bears. They also say he has fathered over 70% of the cubs in his region. An absolute menace. pic.twitter.com/pGfPwqtD4N
Wildlife Officials Try To Catch A Tranquilized Black Bear In A Tarp
Talk about a wild ride.
I’m sure this bear didn’t expect this to go down when he woke up that morning.
Bears are just too smart for their own good. We see it all the time, a black bear coming into human territory looking for food. It’s hard to blame them, we make it easy. We leave garbage out, BBQ on our decks, and have vegetables growing right in our yard.
For an animal that’s whole life is based around where it gets its next meal while using as little energy as possible, it’s almost hard to believe we don’t have more encounters. Bears have an amazing sense of smell, known to be one of the strongest in the animal kingdom. We’re talking about smelling food from over a mile away.
This bear in Grand Falls, New Brunswick wandered into a downtown area right on main street. Naturally, the bear got a lot of attention with everyone driving around like they always do.
The bear climbed a tree and refused to come down due to the attention he was receiving. They don’t typically enjoy human interactions, they are highly confused by us.
The Department of Natural Resources was called in to handle the situation. But, how do you handle a bear in a tree? If leaving him alone isn’t an option you have to either kill or tranquilize the animal. Since it’s in town with a crowd, and it doesn’t appear to be sick or aggressive, killing him is not even close to an option.
They tranquilized the bear sitting high up in a tree, and it immediately starts to fall asleep among the branches.
They couldn’t let him bounce off the ground because that would certainly mess the bear up given he was 20+ feet in the air. So, they held a tarp out underneath trying to catch him.
Of course, the second you see a few dudes holding a tarp, you’re immediate reaction is, “do they really think they’re gonna catch it?”
And well, they sorta did…
As the bear skips off of branches on his way down they shuffle around trying to not get hit by it and actually catch the bear. The bear definitely hits the ground with a decent amount of force, but you have to imagine the tarp helped somewhat break the fall.
The video description provides more detail:
“A black bear was spotted in a tree in Downtown Grand Falls, New Brunswick. The tree was in the center of the boulevard with many stores already open for the day, and the bear attracted a lot of local attention.
Wildlife rescuers were on the scene to get the bear down safely, especially with about a hundred people gathered nearby. They shot the bear in the butt with a tranquilizer dart and the bear began to get drowsy, he climbed down a little before passing out and falling into a tarp held by four Wildlife Rangers to break his fall.
He was taken away in a bear cage.”
They managed to get him in the tarp and relocated the bear to safe territory out in the woods.