Badass Mountain Goat Kills Grizzly Bear in National Park of Canada

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File photo of a mountain goat in Yoho National Park.

File photo of a mountain goat in Yoho National Park.
Picture: Parks Canada

Bears are real top predators, preying on almost anything they want. However, if you play with the mountain goats you sometimes get the horns, as one hapless grizzly bear learned earlier this month.

I am a big fan of the so-called animals of prey, because they have evolved all kinds of tricks to avoid the plate. At the same time, I don’t really like bears, the largest terrestrial carnivores on Earth. They really scare me, and rightly so, given their enormous size and ferocity. So imagine my amusement, if that’s the right word, to learn that a grizzly bear was killed by a mountain goat in Yoho National Park in British Columbia.

On September 4, a hiker contacted Parks Canada after encountering the deceased bear near Burgess Pass in the Canadian Rockies. Parks Canada quickly removed the carcass lest it attract wildlife to the area, which is frequented by tourists.

A subsequent autopsy showed that “the female grizzly bear died of natural causes which were due to a mountain goat,” according to an e-mailed statement from Parks Canada. The bear had been gored by a mountain goat, with fatal injuries to the neck and armpits. The location of these injuries, Parks Canada said, “matched the predatory attacking behavior of grizzly bears and the defensive response of mountain goats.”

This is because grizzly bears tend to aim for the head, shoulders and neck of their prey. At the same time, mountain goats have both the will and the means to defend themselves, using their sharp horns to repel attackers. Autopsy results confirmed that the injuries occurred before the bear’s death and that the size and shape of the puncture wounds matched the horns of a mountain goat. Parks Canada said it was able to rule out human involvement and other possible causes.

The female grizzly weighed around 154 pounds (70 kg), which is a bit small for bears and roughly the same weight as an adult mountain goat. Speaking to CBC Radio West, David Laskin, a wildlife ecologist at Parks Canada, said the size of the bear may have something to do with the lost battle, as the CBC reports. The autopsy suggests the bear never raised cubs, which is good news, at least.

Grizzly bear attacks on mountain goats are actually quite common. A video taken in 2018 near Mount Bosworth, also in British Columbia, shows a mountain goat, with its child, seeking refuge on a cliff during an unsuccessful bear attack. You can see the 2018 video below:

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