An initial low-key encounter between two predators evolves into something more aggressive as they check each other out. In this clip, the grizzly bear stands up on its hind legs to get a better view of the wolves. Meanwhile, the wolves have decided that they would rather not have the bear around. They encircle it and cause it a lot of problems until it flees.
What Do Grey Wolves Usually Eat?
Grey wolves are carnivores and must hunt other animals to survive. They prefer large hoofed animals, such as deer, bison, elk, and moose. In one meal, they can consume 20 pounds of meat. In addition to rodents, hares, and beavers, smaller animals can also be targeted. In packs, they hunt, eat, and live together.
What Do Grizzly Bears Usually Eat?
Grizzly bears are brown bears, although their colors vary from light tan to dark brown. Grizzly bears and wolves share some prey. As omnivores, bears eat both plants and animals. Plants they eat include fleshy roots, fruits, berries, grasses, and forbs (flowering plants).
In addition to moose and elk, they also hunt deer and caribou. These species are more likely to be hunted by bears when they are young than when they are older. Some are also very good at catching salmon, as well as smaller mammals like squirrels.
Grizzly Bear and Wolf Interactions
The National Park Service has studied bear-wolf interactions. Historically, these two species have coexisted and usually avoided each other. Certain circumstances can, however, lead to confrontations. Many factors influence the likelihood of a confrontation, including the animals’ age, sex, and reproductive status.
Prey availability, hunger, and aggressiveness also influence interactions. It is important to consider the number of animals of each species involved – the bear is clearly outnumbered here. Furthermore, animals learn from experience, so previous interactions with other species can influence them.
In general, bears rarely kill wolves or vice versa. The few bears that have been killed by wolves have been young, old, or otherwise weakened bears. It looks like this one got away!