Grizzly bears and wolves are some of nature’s most awe-inspiring predators, but these beautiful mammals are rarely seen together.
That made it all the more shocking when photographer Seth Royal Kroft came across a gray wolf and a large grizzly bear interacting in a most peculiar way at Yellowstone National Park.
Seth got up in the wee hours of the morning to try to find the grizzly bear, which had been the subject of a viral video showing his impressive kill of a large bull elk in the Yellowstone River. The bear had since been spotted defending his prize, and Seth decided to try to get some footage of the gigantic animal.
What Seth didn’t expect, however, was that the bear would have company when he finally tracked him down. A lone gray wolf accompanied the grizzly, eyeing up his kill and seemingly trying to get up to some mischief in seeing how close he could get to the bear’s meal.
Seth described what he saw on YouTube:
“The wolf was alone and therefore not much of a threat to the massive grizzly. It was more of a game to him to see how close the dominating bear would let him get to his kill. To my surprise, as proven by this video, he let him get very close. The wolf would slowly approach, the bear would make a slight shift in position, and the wolf would back off for awhile. This cycle occurred 4 times in my watching.”
Such an encounter involving two apex predators is rare, especially given the bear and wolf’s cautious, but non-aggressive dynamic. And of course, finding a wolf all on his own is rare in itself.
Check out the video below to see this incredible moment in nature: