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Old 04-11-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: The Brat Stop
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I watched this episode last evening on PBS, and wonder if any members of the forum has watched this? I found it amazing, the struggle of animals in the wild.

Video: Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves | Watch Nature Online | PBS Video
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Yes, have seen this film twice, consider it very good. As it points out, who wins when wolves and grizzlys clash depends on several factors. The sex, age, size of the bear, and the number of wolves, plus the motivation of the animals all come into play. If the bear is a female, young male, old male, or a small male, the wolves will usually win, and will defend their kill from a bear attempt to take it or take it away from a bear already on a kill. However, when the bear is a mature male of at least average size it will be the bear that almost always wins. This was shown near the end of the film when the big male was seen casually strolling through the whole pack and walking up and taking the elk kill, and there was nothing the wolves could do about it. Any animal that can take a kill away from an entire wolf pack is certainly one to be admired, and shows just how powerful and fearsome a big male grizzly is. The wolf and bear experts that study these animals state that when the wolves make a kill a grizzly usually shows up, it is a matter of when and what happens, not if. The interesting thing about these battles is that only rarely does any animal get seriously hurt. The wolves are too fast, agile, and alert to be caught by the bear, and the wolves do not dare to bite and hold on to the bear because that would mean an instant mauling.
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