It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that something must be pretty big and pretty bad to have a fully grown grizzly bear running for its life.
Yellowstone National Park is home to a plethora of different species of wild animals, and is also visited by thousands upon thousands of over-confident (some might use the word “stupid”) tourists.
That means that people and animals are bound to encounter one another every so often, and while it sometimes ends with a man getting pinned to the ground by a bison, it more often results in people getting to admire wildlife from a distance.
That’s exactly what happened with this group of tourists, who were stunned to see that an apex predator seemed to be running for its life. At first, it wasn’t clear what the grizzly bear was sprinting away from, but it quickly became very clear when a bigger and noticeably angry bison can barreling into the picture.
It is believed that grizzly bears can reach a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, and a bison is supposed to only get up to a top speed of around 35 miles per hour. With that being said, this chase down seems rather even speed wise, so it probably came out to who could endure longer.
Why was the mother bison in hot pursuit of the grizzly bear? Well, supposedly there was a young bison calf that had been taken down in the area, and it’s likely it belonged to the mother bison in the clip. After being chased off, the grizzly apparently came back to the scene and ate on the remains of the calf that didn’t make it.
Now I can see why the mother bison was “getting on her high horse” chasing after the bruin. You don’t mess with a mother, especially one that is seeking revenge.
The clip was posted on Instagram with the caption:
“A mother bison showed this grizzly bear that he is not the biggest baddest beast on the landscape.
It was truly AMAZING to be able to witness this role reversal while on tour with guests! We were stunned to see this moment in real time.”