I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s crazy that there are still herds of wild horses roaming the United States.
When most people think of horses, you immediately assume rodeo, ranching, or the ones that rich people own and have you throwing 10 bucks on in the Kentucky Derby once a year.
But in parts of the US, there are still stable (pun intended) populations of these equine running free.
According to National Geographic, over 86,000 horses live on public lands throughout the country, more than half of which are located in Nevada.
We recently saw an intense video of two stallions battling for a nearby gray mare, and now I stumbled across another video of a herd, also called a band, of horses halting traffic in New Mexico.
The owner of the video is a local of the small resort town and said that horses have long roamed the surrounding area, but a few years ago started making themselves at home right in the middle of it all.
“Wild horses have always roamed Lincoln County’s countryside – but lately, a herd has made its home right in the heart of the village of Ruidoso!”
It’s almost impossible to get an accurate count, but there are well over 20 of these majestic animals taking a nice afternoon stroll down main street.
Of course, there’s that one driver who was in such a hurry they had to swerve through, but most others gave them the right of way to let them pass. Even though it may be relatively common in the area, it’s hard to imagine not being awe-struck each time you see a group walking past.
Wild horses are truly fascinating and I hope they continue to live happily for a long, long time.
Trail Cam Captures Grizzly Bear Chasing After Pack Of Wild Horses
Grizzly bears are just out of this world.
They always seem to be up to something and I’m always going to be here for it. It doesn’t matter if it’s an encounter, a cellphone video or something caught on a trail camera, I will always be willing to watch and admire them.
Western Canada is home to some of the largest grizzly populations in North America aside from Alaska, of course. These animals need to consume a lot of food. Due to that fact there are some cool videos floating around of them chasing prey.
It doesn’t matter if it’s moose, elk or mountain goats, grizzlies seem to have a taste for it.
In this case, which is a first for me seeing, wild horses are on the menu, too.
An animal that needs to consume 30-pounds of food a day needs to catch a big animal every once in a while, I guess.
Here in Alberta, a series of trail cameras where set up to monitor this wild horse population. Trail cameras are a great survey tool as it minimizes humans in the area making it more likely to catch things going on in the area.
The first shot from the cameras shows a whole group of wild horse running at top speed. Soon you realize its for a good reason with a grizzly right on their tails.
It switches views to a different camera and the grizzly is even closer, and I can’t help but feel like this didn’t end well for one of the horses. Especially the young one…
The people who caught it on video released a statement on the event.
“A grizzly bear with two cubs is seen chasing a band of Alberta wild horses. This event occurred in central Alberta, Canada, approximately two hours northwest of Calgary.
These trail cameras are part of a large network of cameras collecting video data on the plight and mortality of Alberta’s wild horses, from both natural causes and large predators.
Help Alberta Wildies Society, has been conducting this research since 2014, and uses the data to promote worldwide awareness about our threatened population of wild horses here in Alberta, Canada”
They’re trying to collect data on the mortality of wild horses? I dare say this can be added to their data base…
A mother grizzly that’s motivated to feed her young and herself is not one I would want chasing me.
Momma Grizzly Bear Defends Her Cubs, Attacks Coyote
The best way to feel the full wrath of a mama grizzly bear is to mess with one of her cubs. Nothing in nature is more ferocious than a mother grizzly bear protecting her cubs.
That rule applies to human moms, too, as best exemplified by the California woman who recently fended off a mountain lion with her bare hands to save her 5-year son.
That lesson was recently on display in some incredible video footage that shows a curious coyote approach a bear cub that was seemingly feeding on the side of a mountain by itself.
The coyote gets a bit too close for comfort and ultimately startles the unsuspecting bear cub.
As the startled bear cub reacts to the presence of the coyote, it becomes clear that the bear cub isn’t alone at all.
Momma bear had a close eye on the cub all along, and before the coyote knows what’s going on, an agitated mama bear comes flying down the mountain, huffing, and puffing like a freight train.
The mother bear collides with the fleeing bear cub, giving the coyote a chance to escape the scene. If that run-in didn’t slow down the mother grizzly, it might have been lights out for the coyote.
Just imagine being in that coyote’s shoes.
I can’t think of anything more terrifying than being charged by a grizzly bear.. But, with bear attacks on the rise in North America, keeping your wits about you in bear country and being prepared with either bear spray or a pistol could prevent you from getting steamrolled by a charging grizzly like the one in this video.
“Here comes mama bear…”
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