Watch A Wolf Pack Emerge From Nowhere To Fight A Huge Grizzly

Written by Kirstin Opal
Published: August 4, 2022
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Both the geysers and the rich and plentiful fauna of Yellowstone are well-known. There are 67 species of mammals, notably seven native ungulate species and two bear species, in addition to approximately 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, five amphibian species, and six reptile species.

During a visit to the beloved park, a Youtube creator with a channel called “Tied to Nature,” had a wild experience. Thankfully, he was able to film an encounter for us to witness from the comfort, and safety, of our own homes. 

In the distance, a beautiful grizzly bear is seen minding his own business in a wide-open field. Quickly, a pair of wolves are heading towards the bear, in hopes of a tasty lunch. Bears are incredibly intelligent creatures. Without hesitation, the one in the video stands on its back legs. 

A bear can use its senses of smell, sight, and hearing more effectively while it is rising up on its hind legs. It is an indication of inquiry, not hostility. Surprising to those witnessing this in person, the bear starts running towards the wolves. As the cameraman mentions to other visitors, this is likely to get a better look at the wolves. 

In a matter of seconds, an entire pack of wolves surrounds the bear. A wolf pack divides into smaller groups and surrounds its victim when pursuing huge game. Usually, shoulders and flanks are where wolves bite on the initial attack. Other wolves grab the animal by the snout, although some pack members attack the prey from behind.

Several more wolves appear from the meadow and run towards the bear. They’re telling the apex predator that this is their land and he needs to leave. Bears and wolves do kill one another in the wild, but they’re known for being able to coexist the majority of the time. 

This grizzly attempts to stand its ground before the wolf pack grows in numbers even more. Eventually, the wolves chase the bear into the trees. We’re grateful that no blood was shed during this interaction. Things in the wild can escalate quickly, especially when it comes to territory. 

When unwelcome animals intrude on their territory, wolves will protect that area. Typically, all that is necessary for protection is to intimidate an outsider by growling and flashing teeth. There will occasionally be a pursuit, and in extreme cases, the chase may lead to a physical altercation. 

Bears are not territorial, however, they may protect a food supply or a partner while they are around. They don’t patrol or keep other bears out of a particular region. Bears appreciate a certain amount of personal space, yet frequently different species live in close proximity to one another at various periods.

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs, 14-year-old dog, or her cat Spirit, Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.