Skip to comments.Photo: stare-down between photographer and grizzly
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.
Chicago over Buffalo? Confirmed!
And is it a female? Missing its ruff/crown.
The look in that bear’s eyes says land and die.
Yep, he doesn’t look friendly at all.
Never bring a camera to a bear fight.
So now even grizzly bears wear Bluetooth headsets on their ears?
I just wanna be
your teddy bear...
Thanks for the bear-bison ping! I think that's a first.
I’ll bet that real grizzly is just a cuddly as that teddy bear but I wouldn’t land to find out :)
That would make a beautiful rug for my grandkids to play on!
Bears are people, too!
Buffalo is pretty tasty.
Indeed it is!
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.
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