Officials say a mountain goat in Canada allegedly “turned the tables” of a hunter and hunted a grizzly bear, killing it in a national park in British Columbia.
According to local reports, the incident, described as a rare occurrence by wildlife officials, came to light after the remains of a female bear were found in Yoho National Park.
A hiker spotted the bear carcass on September 4, just a few meters from the Burgess Pass Trail – a nearly 13 km trail located near the field in Yoho National Park, newspaper. Rocky Mountain Outlook Today First reported on 16 September.
According to a forensic autopsy conducted by the authorities, the fangs of a goat had pierced a 70kg bear’s armpit and a spot below its neck, killing it.
“Necropsy determined that the female grizzly bear died of natural causes, due to a failed hunting attempt by a mountain goat,” said David Laskin, a wildlife ecologist at the Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks Field Unit.
He said the hunting of mountain goats by grizzly bears is “relatively common”. In this particular incident, however, “the mountain goat succeeded in this instance and turned the tables on the grizzly,” he said.
“Hill goats are big animals and they have very sharp horns,” explained Mr. Laskin.
“When grizzly bears attack, they focus on the head, the back of the neck, and the shoulders of the prey, and this usually happens from above, so in turn, the mountain goat’s defensive response is to propel itself by using its sharpness. Will have to save. Horn,” Mr Laskin was quoted as saying RMO Today.
He said forensic necropsy confirmed that “the wounds inflicted before death were consistent in size and shape to the horns of a mountain goat.” Any other cause – including any human involvement – was later ruled out.
Steve Cotte, a mountain goat expert and professor at Quebec’s Laval University, told RMO Today that grizzly bears may be “important predators of mountain goats”.
“Goats can kill a bear, but this is a rare occurrence. All they need is a good horn jab, well kept,” he said.
Officials said there was no evidence the female grizzly bear had any cubs. Its weight was only 70 kg, while larger male mountain goats can go up to 125 kg.
Parks Canada officials said they could not identify the mountain goat that killed the bear because it was not tagged.
Officials had to remove the carcass of the bear to prevent it from attracting other wildlife. “Carcasses attract carnivores and other wildlife that may act aggressively to protect their food source. This can pose a risk to visitors to the area,” Mr. Laskin said.
In 2018, a Nanny mountain goat – tagged for research purposes – was apparently killed and eaten by a grizzly bear just below the treeline near Sherbrooke Lake in Yoho National Park near its border with Banff National Park Was.
Yoho National Park covers an area of approximately 1,300 sq km and is located in British Columbia, west of the famous Banff National Park.
A large number of reactions are coming on this news on social media. One user said: “Holy cow, this is some nature metal type stuff.” Another said: “I didn’t know mountain goats were strong enough to do that.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / British Columbia