That is one sniffer on this grizz.
But, when you live in the harshest of conditions, and have to fight for every meal, you become good at finding it.
Grizzly bears are the largest land-based predator in North America, with adult males weighing between 300 and 600 pounds and measuring up to 8 feet in length. And despite their massive size, grizzly bears are surprisingly agile and can run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Grizzly bears are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of foods, including berries, nuts, roots, insects, and small mammals. They are also opportunistic predators and will hunt larger prey when it is available, such as elk, moose, and bison. Grizzly bears are capable of consuming up to 90 pounds of food in a single day, so they can build up fat reserves for the long winter hibernation.
Grizzly bears have an incredible sense of smell. It is estimated that a grizzly bear’s sense of smell is between 100 and 1,000 times more sensitive than a human’s, which means that they can detect scents from up to 20 miles away.
These folks got to witness a grizzly in action as the noticed a grizzly smelling the air and coming right to an elk carcass from over 3 miles away. The bear is seen wondering up the side of the road with a clear mission in mind: food.
As it wanders its way towards the elk, it stops up because it catches the scent of another bear. But, it can’t resist and moves in. The bear can be seen drooling as it gets closer and closer to the dead elk.
Finally, it gets there… bon appétit.
That is amazing seeing a bear use just its nose for all of that.