Watch a Massive Bison Kick a Chasing Wolf Straight In The Face

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: August 30, 2023
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When most of us watch videos of predators chasing prey, it is the prey that we feel sorry for. However, it is a mistake to think of a predator as an invincible foe and the prey as a helpless victim. Nature is not as straightforward as that.

Even the most skilled predators can and do take considerable risks when they are hunting prey, and many preyed-upon animals fight back.

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When they do fight back, it hurts – a lot!

Bison Feeding and Lifestyle

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The American Bison is the largest land mammal in North America!

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Because they are such large animals, bison need a lot of food to keep them going. To be precise, they need to consume 1.6 percent of their body mass in food per day. That equates to around 24 pounds of vegetation! Therefore, grazing is important for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

They are described as ‘nomadic’ herbivores, which means that they move around to find the best feeding locations. Their diet is mainly made up of grass, but they also eat flowering shrubs and some tree leaves. As well as wolves, they are preyed on by bears. In the middle of an open field, they are sitting ducks to fierce predators.

When Prey Fights Back

Gray wolf is visible in the right frame, facing left. The wolf's mouth is open exposing its long canine teeth.
American bison only have 2 predators besides humans: bears and wolves.

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Sometimes prey fights back, and this is illustrated perfectly by the experience of this wolf chasing a herd of bison. This particular bison is not only trying to run away – it is delivering some hefty kicks in the direction of its pursuers.

Bison (also sometimes called American buffalo) are large and powerful animals. They live primarily in North America (although they are also found in Europe and Russia), and their name is rooted in Latin, Proto-German, and Middle English – it means ‘wild ox’, and this one was certainly wild!

Is It Normal For Bison To Defend Themselves?

Two alpha male Bison Head-butting for dominance of the heard, horns locked together in battle on a grassy field with blue skies.
Bison can use their formidable size and horns to defend themselves.

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Their sheer size is one of their defense characteristics against attack. Bison can reach around 2,500 pounds in weight and nine feet in length – they are around six feet tall. Bison live in herds because there is safety in numbers, and this helps to put off predators.

Both the males and females have horns that can grow to two feet in length, and, as we see here, they have a hefty kick! Bison are often very placid, but they can become aggressive when threatened.

They can run at 35 miles per hour and can change direction remarkably quickly for such a large animal! All of this means that they can be quite a challenge for even the most skilled wolf.

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Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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