Watch This Gladiator Grizzly Bear Singlehandedly Battle a Pack of Wolves

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: November 7, 2023

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Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos) and Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) at night in summer.
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One against ten, who do you think would win? Well, our first reaction might be to say “Well, of course, the ten would!” However, if we sit and think about it a little longer, we might say, well, one of what and ten of what? While numbers do often equate for strength, the more there are, the stronger the pack is; however, it all depends on who they are looking at. 

Take this video blog, for example, where a buffalo tosses a lion around like a ragdoll. Even though this lion pride had numbers of over 10, this enormous buffalo was enough to make this pride think twice about trying to take him down. In that video, we see a young lion trying his best to take the buffalo on but then realize he is too big. 

Well, in this video shown above, we see a single grizzly bear in an open field. He is fixated on something across the field coming at him. We see this grizzly stand up on his hind legs. As if he is saying, “I dare you to come at me.” Well, this wolf pack, they took this dare on.

Once the bear sees the wolves starting to come at him, we hear the people filming the video comment that the bear is going toward the pack! This grizzly has no fear. Once the pack reaches the bear, we see them all gang up around him. At one point, there appear to be almost ten wolves. 

They each take their turns to rush in and bite him a little. Of course, our first reaction is to assume this wolf pack is trying to take this large bear down for a meal. But, as the video goes on, we become acutely aware through their actions and the commentators that this isn’t the case. This wolf pack is merely trying to get this bear off their territory. 

How Big Are Grizzly Bears Compared to Wolves?

Yellowstone grizzly bears can be at their most dangerous when they first emerge from hibernation.

Yellowstone grizzly bears can be at their most dangerous when they first emerge from hibernation.

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While not as large as Kodiak bears, grizzly bears take their weight against other animals with no problems. Grizzlies weigh between 181-318 kilograms (400-800 pounds) and reach up to 2.1-3 meters (7-10 feet) tall. 

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Wolves can run up to 46 miles per hour.

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If we turn to the wolf, we see that they weigh anywhere from 80-150 pounds. Although this largely depends on their species. There are more than 30 species of wolves. 

Is It Normal Behavior for Wolves to Chase a Grizzly Bear?

Bear and Wolf

It is nearly impossible for a lone wolf to take down a grizzly bear, but a pack of wolves can defend themselves, and on rare occasions, kill a bear.

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Wolves and grizzly bears avoid each other in general. However, a bear will sometimes try to take advantage of a kill another animal has secured, leading to territorial disputes. A closer look at the video shows that one of the wolves has blood on its snout, suggesting the pack had a kill nearby. If so, they were likely driving the bear away so that it would not attempt to steal the carrion.

In a one-on-one match between a wolf and a bear, the wolf would lose, given its smaller size, smaller amount of physical strength, and its lack of claws that can rip into flesh. However, it is possible for a pack of wolves to kill a bear, though it is not a normal occurrence.

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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