Elk are a gregarious animal, meaning they love to herd up during certain times of the year. And during winter months especially, many of them end up in large herds.
One of the most obvious benefits of herding is protection from predators partly for strength in numbers, but also, you don’t necessarily have to outrun the predator, you just have to outrun the slowest members of the herd.
As far as diet goes, grizzly bears love members of the deer family. Moose, deer and elk are some of their favorite prey as they are large enough to provide a few great meals and they taste great. Not to mention, a young calf or fawn doesn’t really put up much of a fight at all.
Grizzly bears have a massive competitive advantage, and generally, can take out an elk with ease as long as they can get close enough.
This grizzly is seen running towards a large herd of elk, and in a strategic defensive maneuver, the group moves as a single unit.
It also just looks cool… I mean, despite the fact that this bear is hoping to eat one of the elk in the herd, it’s just visually pleasing seeing the herd run as the grizz approaches.
It almost looks as if the bear is a sheep dog and the elk are sheep as they move together after each step the bear takes.
The grizzly eventually chases them all off, and we can’t say for sure that he got one. If I was a betting man, I would bet that he went home with a full belly that night, jut given how many there were, but who really knows?
All we do know is that it is a TOUGH world out there for these animals.
Kid Calmly Walks Away From A Bear
Imagine wandering through the Italian country side, just you and your pops looking for pine cones, and out of nowhere a giant bear sticks out its giant head, with its giant teeth, right out of the bushes.
Not sure how they say it in Italy, but we like to say it like this… “you’re screwed.”
Unless you’re the calmest 12-year-old on planet Earth…
I nearly shit my pants just watching this from the comfort and safety of my own home, meanwhile this little dude with ice water in his veins very calmly walks back over to dad, hungry bear following him every step of the way, and acts like nothing happened.
Like he didn’t just wriggle out of the jaws of a very certain death…
And you’re an idiot like me and thought to yourself, “they have bears in Italy?” I did you a favor and looked it up, and yes, according to the trusty Wikipedia, the brown bear population of the Italian Alps was nearly wiped out in the ’90s, however thanks to conservation efforts, the population has slowly began to creep back up.
Alright, I’m starting to have some mixed emotions about bears now.
A few weeks ago, we posted a video of a bear mauling a ginormous moose… and now, I’m back to thinking that bears kinda cute, you know, when they’re not pulling a moose apart with their teeth.
A skier in Predeal, Romania, was recently capturing some footage on the slopes, when a bear comes trotting up towards them. The bear makes its way to the top with the skiers, and it looks like it’s just having a good time, evening laying down a few times. Maybe he’s just trying to sun-bathe a little bit after kickin’ it in snowy woods all day.
But after a few minutes of recording, the skier begins to make his way down the slope and the next thing you know, the bear starts CHASING after him full-speed. Maybe he was just playing around, or maybe he was wanting to rip the skier’s face off, who really knows, right? But what I do know is that I sure as hell wouldn’t be laughing the whole time like the skier was.
Like dude, you are WAY to calm about a bear being that close to you. Granted, he’s not a huge bear, but look at those claws and tell me he still couldn’t tear your heart out.
Eventually, the bear has gives up chasing the skier, but just based on the tone of his voice, this dude wasn’t worried about it AT ALL.
Bear Chases Man Down The Hill As Skiers Watch From Chairlift Above
You’re shredding the fresh powder in the breathtaking mountains of Romania. Then you hear a scream from above and look back and see a bear walking towards you. As you start to ski down, it starts running at you full speed.
Can’t imagine it, right? Or at least don’t want to.
And for some reason it seems to happen often in Europe too, we posted the snowboarder a bit ago and another skier too.
Well, this was the case for this skier, according to Ziarul de iasi. Skiers on the chairlift going back up were able to capture the whole thing on video.
The skiers filming the incident can be heard yelling to the man in the video.
“Come on, the bear is chasing you!”
“God forbid, don’t look back! ”
As he is skiing along he seems to realize what is going on.
That would certainly have the adrenaline pumping a little harder than your normal trip down the hill.
The man then ditches his bag to distract the bear. Apparently, it worked too, he is said to have made it safe and sound to the bottom. Split-second decision paid off well.
The same ski resort had a previous sighting of a bear cub crossing the road earlier that week.
It seems like an attraction draw, have a little ski trip and a Grizzly chase.
Authorities had been contacted about both sightings and had plans on trying to relocate the bear. They relocated one the year prior. Since it’s a reoccurring issue, you best be on guard if you go here…
When authorities approached the bear involved in the chase it ran away off the ski hill.
That makes your relaxing day on the slopes just a bit more stressful then it ever should be. It will certainly put a little hop in your step, you don’t want be caught moving slow there.