Wolf Outsmarts Big Brown Bear To Snag A Piece Of Meat

Wolf bear
Jukka Lämsä

Sometimes, being sneaky tops being strong.

A Finnish wildlife videographer captured an awesome clip of animals at their best when some bears, birds, and a wolf, happened upon a carcass at the same time.

Naturally, the birds got there first and start taking some bites, but when the brown bears showed up, there was no denying who was top dog.

At least three big old brown bears showed up for their part of the dead animal, which we don’t see but I’m assuming is a deer of some sort.

One of them is able to rip off a good sized chunk and starts walking away to enjoy his dinner in peace, when a nosy wolf starts making his way over…

The bear is able to run the wolf off a time or two at first, naturally being the more physically dominant one, but the canine employs a strategy of brains over brawn, allowing the bear to drop the meat and chase him a bit, before sneaking around back, snagging the meat, and running for the hills.

Honestly, this bear isn’t one of the more intelligent ones around, as it took him a solid 30 seconds to realize he’d been hoodwinked. He took off after the wolf, but honestly there was no catching him with a head start like that.

Score one for the wolves.

Pack Of Wolves Surround Polar Bear, Attempt To Size Up An Attack

What is happening?

Something sizing up the most dangerous animal to roam North America. An animal that thrives in the harshest of conditions, killing things by using ice and freezing water to its advantage.

The video that comes from Manitoba, Canada, which is one of the best places in the world to get the chance to see these beasts in the wild. It starts with two wolves right on the tail of the polar bear.

Now, polar bears are the largest carnivores in North America and with no natural predators… you’re gonna need a whole lot more than two wolves to take it down.

Another wolf joins as they try to get in strategic position to begin the attack.

The bear, now completely on guard, won’t let any of them directly behind it for too long.

As the wolves continue to size it up and get into a good position the bear gets more concerned and defensive.

Another wolf shows up and the polar bear gets more on guard. Another one shows up, then another. Are they really gonna try and mount and attack?

With the bear clearly concerned and prepared to fight, seven wolves attempt to surround the bear but decide he is too big to tackle. The cons out weigh the pros, and they will have something less dangerous for supper.

And even if they did take this bear down, I feel like it wouldn’t have happened without some major damage done to the pack. Injuries, death… not worth the risk.

However, it is still pretty amazing watching two predators interact.

The video was summed up by the person who filmed it.

“As a polar bear walked along the Hudson Bay he came into an area where he was met by a pack of wolves. First only a couple of wolves followed him testing him for weaknesses. As more and more wolves joined in, the bear began to take evasive actions.

After a few minutes, the wolves realized that the bear was too big and strong for them to take down and relented. The bear walked away unscathed.

This is very rare and fascinating behavior as wolves don’t normally go after large polar bears due to the high risk of injury or death.”

Grizzly Fights Off Pack Of Wolves At Yellowstone National Park

If you haven’t had the opportunity to get out to Yellowstone, do it… it’s incredible.

If you want nature in its purest form, Yellowstone is the place to go.

Wolves, bears, bison, elk… you can see all of it there, and more importantly, how they interact with each other.

Sometimes that means a bear taking down an elk, sometimes it’s a bear defending his kill from another bear, and sometimes it’s a bear defending his stolen elk carcass from a wolves… or rather, an entire pack of wolves.

A recent video went viral from the Yellowstone Caldera, featuring a grizzly bear fighting off an entire pack of wolves, who are take turns trying to chow down on an elk carcass.

Make no mistake, wolves travel in packs and their strength is in the numbers. Yeah, they’re fast, they’re powerful, and they’re smart… but when it’s fifteen on one, nobody has chance with those odds.

Except… a Yellowstone grizzly.

“On October 15, 2021, while in Yellowstone for a week, we made a video of 10 plus Junction Pack Wolves fighting with a Grizzly Bear over pieces of Elk carcass.

There was butt nipping and paw swiping but no injuries. Looked like they had done this before.”

Even though the bear was heavily outnumbered, he was still able to overcome the wolves and protect the kill.

And shoutout to the viewers.

They’re watching from a safe distance, and making sure they don’t get in the way of what was occurring out in the wild.

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