The remains of the grizzly bear’s carcass were discovered on September 4 by a hiker near the Burgess Pass trail near Field, British Columbia.
According to the autopsy report, the bear had suffered fatal injuries to the neck and under the paws. The damage is likely due to the powerful, sharp horns the mountain goat uses for self-defense.
– Grizzlies attacking mountain goats is relatively common. But this is the first case that my colleague and I have ever seen, says wildlife ecologist David Laskin The Guardian. He works for Parks Canada.
Horn 30 centimeters long
Mountain goats in this mountainous area can weigh up to 70 kilograms, and the black horns can reach almost 30 centimeters in length.
– The defensive reaction of a mountain goat will be to protect itself by using the sharp horns, he declares.
Large goats sometimes graze in the same areas where grizzly bears roam. It is therefore not uncommon to have skirmishes where one of the animals must pay with his life if there is a fight.
– Bears put themselves in danger
As a rule, the bear emerges victorious from the battle. It usually attacks from behind by biting into the neck and shoulders of the prey.
But this time, the mountain goat wanted it to be different.
– Bears endanger themselves when attacking large ungulates like elk and goats. It’s definitely a reminder that nature is full of surprisestells David Laskin to the newspaper.
Grizzlies are a subspecies of brown bears that live in North America. It can weigh up to 500 kilos and measure 250 centimeters in length, according to Great Norwegian Encyclopedia. In males, the claws are up to 15 centimeters long. The grizzly has a strong hump on its back.
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