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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wolves and Grizzlies will get into confrontations regarding killed prey...........There is no way even several Wolves will come out on top when confronting a Griz.................However, in Teton Park in Wyoming, a Pack of 11 Wolves chased off a Grizzly and strutted and howled in victory as the Bruin sauntered away

Video captures Grand

 Teton showdown between grizzly, wolf pack

Jason Ryan
A video shot on the north end of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton
 National Park captures a compelling
 showdown between a grizzly bear and a pack of wolves.
Grizzly bears are formidable predators, and even accomplished hunters like gray wolves will steer clear of them in normal circumstances. But wolves sometimes cooperate in large numbers, so it’s possible that a few of them could cause trouble for a single bear. By Jason Ryan’s count, 11 wolves are more than enough.
That’s how many wolves he saw Monday during a hike at Jackson Lake, when a grizzly bear wandered onto the scene. Ryan captured the encounter in two minutes of amazing video and posted it online Tuesday. “Showdown in the Mud Flats” has since been viewed thousands of times.
“I was photographing greater yellow legs sandpipers, and noticed there was a wolf,” he said. “So I got a couple of pictures, and noticed another wolf, and as I was watching that one, more started appearing out of the willows.”
Ryan is the general manager for Signal Mountain Lodge, at the southeastern end of Jackson Lake. On his day off, he took his four-year-old son for a hike near Lizard Creek Campground, near the north end of Jackson Lake.
As the lake level has fallen toward the end of summer, vast mud flats have been created, and that’s where Ryan was bird-watching.
After hiking nearly a mile onto the flats and watching birds and a few wolves at a distance, Ryan’s son was ready to go home. But dad was engrossed by a grizzly bear facing off against several wolves that were not backing down.
“I’m watching something pretty cool,” Ryan can be heard telling his son on the video.
“Something pretty cool” turned out to be a skirmish between a harried grizzly and a rotating roster of four or five wolves at a time from a total of 11. Ryan said 10 can be seen in the video, but a younger, smaller wolf is not visible out of frame.
It may have been that smaller wolf the others were defending, or it could have been a carcass or an effort to protect a den, Ryan speculated. Whatever the reason, the wolves moved aggressively to chase the grizzly out of the area, and after a few close encounters in which no animal appeared seriously wounded, the bear made a retreat into thick vegetation.
That’s where the action, and the video ends.
“We never saw the bear again,” Ryan said.
“After that, the wolves seemed like they were pretty proud of themselves, and they grouped together, walked north and started howling. A couple of them just sat down and howled for while, and a lot of them disappeared back into the willows,” he said.
Ryan has worked at Signal Mountain Lodge since 1997, when wolves had not yet extended their range south to Signal Mountain, and grizzlies were a less common sight.
Despite seeing plenty of bears and several wolves since then, Ryan said he could not recall seeing anything that compares to Monday’s showdown.
“It was an incredible experience, and I’m glad I could share it with people who are so excited to see it,” he said.
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