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Photo: stare-down between photographer and grizzly
KXLH.com ^ | September 7, 2012

Posted on 09/07/2012 11:42:45 AM PDT by jazusamo

Yellowstone National Park wolf project leader Doug Smith snapped this photo last Friday, while tracking some of the park's wolf packs from the air.

Smith spotted a dead bull bison in the park's Hayden Valley, an apparent victim of a nasty encounter with another bull bison during the herd's annual rut.

As you can see, a very large grizzly bear has claimed the bison carcass as his own.

What you can't see, according to Smith, is the Canyon wolf pack lurking some 50 yards behind the grizzly, patiently waiting its turn on the carcass.

Smith says as his pilot circled around so he could get a better snapshot of the grizzly, he actually made eye contact with the bear.

As Smith tells it, he was glad his plane made it out safely because he was sure had he not, the grizzly bear had him in mind for his next meal.

Smith immediately alerted park officials, who promptly closed the Alum Creek trail in the Hayden Valley.

That trail is near the site of a fatal grizzly attack that occurred last summer.

Smith says each year several bull bison die from wounds suffered during their annual mating season from other bulls as they vie for supremacy among the females.

Smith says this year alone, four bull bison have been found dead as a result of the dangerous mating ritual.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bison; grizzlybear; yellowstone
A little perspective on just how big a bull bison is, that's a large grizzly.

Grizzly & Bison
Grizzly & Bison 2

1 posted on 09/07/2012 11:42:48 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Chicago over Buffalo? Confirmed!


2 posted on 09/07/2012 11:48:16 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler

Grizzly-bison ping!


3 posted on 09/07/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Coffee... Black... No Sugar

Bump :-)


4 posted on 09/07/2012 11:49:27 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

And is it a female? Missing its ruff/crown.


5 posted on 09/07/2012 11:51:14 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: jazusamo

6 posted on 09/07/2012 11:53:53 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: jazusamo

The look in that bear’s eyes says land and die.


7 posted on 09/07/2012 11:56:18 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Yep, he doesn’t look friendly at all.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 11:59:05 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Never bring a camera to a bear fight.


9 posted on 09/07/2012 12:00:06 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: jazusamo; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

So now even grizzly bears wear Bluetooth headsets on their ears?


10 posted on 09/07/2012 12:00:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: jazusamo

I just wanna be
your teddy bear...

11 posted on 09/07/2012 12:03:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: jazusamo
Bear: "Land...come on... land... come on down... I double dare ya!"

Thanks for the bear-bison ping! I think that's a first.

12 posted on 09/07/2012 12:04:04 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: jazusamo

Beautiful animals.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT by Ecliptic (.)
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To: Revolting cat!

I’ll bet that real grizzly is just a cuddly as that teddy bear but I wouldn’t land to find out :)


14 posted on 09/07/2012 12:06:53 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

That would make a beautiful rug for my grandkids to play on!


15 posted on 09/07/2012 12:07:54 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: jazusamo

Bears are people, too!


16 posted on 09/07/2012 12:08:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: jazusamo

Buffalo is pretty tasty.


17 posted on 09/07/2012 12:10:35 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Randy Larsen

Which one?


18 posted on 09/07/2012 12:11:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
Buffalo is pretty tasty.

Indeed it is!


19 posted on 09/07/2012 12:12:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: jazusamo

That’s the look I had in my eyes this morning, when I woke up at 0400, and realized it was going to be the best part of my day.


20 posted on 09/07/2012 12:13:43 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Revolting cat!

21 posted on 09/07/2012 12:15:38 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL! I don’t blame you, 0400 is insane.


22 posted on 09/07/2012 12:17:50 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Shivers....

Wow - talk about a death stare. I’d land, far enough away I could put multiple rounds with a large caliber rifle. I’d then eat bear meat, and maybe buffalo (if it was still fresh enough to eat). That is, if the wolves mentioned in the article didn’t get it all first.


23 posted on 09/07/2012 12:20:12 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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To: jazusamo
Forget being biten, just look at those claws. A Grizzlies swipe is faster
than Jet-Li on a good day. Ouch.
24 posted on 09/07/2012 12:23:31 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: jazusamo; 1rudeboy
LOL! I don’t blame you, 0400 is insane.

Now you know what is wrong with me, Jaz. I get up at 0400 every day.

25 posted on 09/07/2012 12:24:36 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: MaxMax

That Grizzly has also been tagged. Red tag inside the ear.


26 posted on 09/07/2012 12:25:36 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Revolting cat!

“I just wanna be your teddy bear...”

There were no Teddy Bear stuffed bears until President Teddy Roosevelt. The Teddy Bear was made as a tribute to him.


27 posted on 09/07/2012 12:31:02 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: MaxMax

I thought that was a hearing aid.


28 posted on 09/07/2012 12:34:30 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Revolting cat!; jazusamo

29 posted on 09/07/2012 12:40:58 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: bigheadfred

I’m just too old for that 0400 foolishness any more :)


30 posted on 09/07/2012 12:41:46 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: BigCinBigD
Never bring a camera to a bear fight.

Denali National Park & Preserve (AK) Investigation Underway Into Fatal Bear Attack (8-31-2012)

Following two days of rain and poor weather conditions, rangers were able to return to the site of the fatal bear attack on Tuesday to continue the investigation of the incident. They were able to determine where Richard White of San Diego had taken the images that were found in his digital camera. The initial photos of the bear were shot at a distance of 75 yards from the bear, which at that time had its head down in the vegetation, browsing on berries. Other images, including the last five where the bear’s head was up, looking at and moving toward the backpacker, were taken at a distance of 60 yards. Most of the backcountry units that were closed as a result of the incident are now open. Unit 10, where the attack took place, will remain closed for the next few days for continued monitoring and investigation. The unit encompasses an area of almost 50 square miles.

31 posted on 09/07/2012 12:55:25 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: bigheadfred

LOL!

The bear, the other one may be chewed up!


32 posted on 09/07/2012 12:58:33 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: jazusamo; JoeProBono; Daffynition
It just seems to be the time to get up. If I go back to sleep I feel crappy when I wake. Wishing I had just gotten up the first time.

My dad was up in the Park one time. Bunch of cars alongside the road. Climbed up to see what they were looking at. Big bull buffalo. Pawing the ground, tossing its head, slinging snot. And some foolio with a camera telling his wife, "Just a little closer, honey..." He turned and left.

All I know is if that tail comes up, RUN LIKE HELL!!!

Here’s a helpful guide to buffalo watching, if you’re an idiot tourist.

• Buffalo’s tail hanging down: You and the buffalo are okay.

• Buffalo’s tail extending straight out, drooping at the end: Perturbed buffalo finds you annoying.

• Buffalo’s tail sticking straight up: Buffalo’s about to sound “Charge,” and you’re toast.

Buffalo

33 posted on 09/07/2012 1:05:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Randy Larsen

If you had both just think how many grand kids you could have.


34 posted on 09/07/2012 1:16:54 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: jazusamo

If I had to choose, I'd take my chances with the bear!

35 posted on 09/07/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: jazusamo

“A little perspective on just how big a bull bison is, that’s a large grizzly.”

and that was the loser!


36 posted on 09/07/2012 1:21:45 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: Defiant

My eyes! I would too.


37 posted on 09/07/2012 1:23:52 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Defiant

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38 posted on 09/07/2012 1:26:22 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: jazusamo
A little perspective on just how big a bull bison is, that's a large grizzly.

Now consider that frontiersman left records saying they had seen grizzlies kill healthy full grown bison by breaking their backs with a blow from their forelegs.

39 posted on 09/07/2012 1:30:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: jazusamo

At Yellowstone, I saw quite a few buffalo close up. They were blocking the road and, while they were large and powerfully built, at that point did not seem particularly threatening. Around the same area, I saw a family of grizzlies on the side of a hill heading away from the road (thank goodness). Even though they were probably more that 200 yards away, just the sight of them gave me a momentary little twinge of panic.


40 posted on 09/07/2012 2:21:36 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Defiant

Looks like a character out of Star Trek: OS.


41 posted on 09/07/2012 2:27:45 PM PDT by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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To: jazusamo

42 posted on 09/07/2012 3:17:34 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: bigheadfred

43 posted on 09/07/2012 3:30:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: bigheadfred

44 posted on 09/07/2012 4:43:14 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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