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Fat Grizzly Bear Gets Into Another Altercation While Guarding His Bull Elk

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We’ve all been there. It’s late on Friday. You have a few thousand beers. You order a large Meat-Lover’s special and hork down a couple of slices David Hasselhoff-style before you pass out upside down caught in the steps of a spiral staircase.

It’s a story as old as time.

You wake up the next day craving more of your pizza only to find it gone.

You learn from that experience to guard your food.

That’s what the grizzly bear in Yellowstone is doing after he downed that bull elk in the river.

A couple days he had to fend-off another grizzly in an epic — although short — battle.

Today, he’s having to deal with a wolf who think he can just waltz-in and grab a snack.

Credit the bear. He gives the wolf some crumbs. He lets the wolf know that he’s watching but won’t react if the wolf doesn’t get too greedy.

Of course the wolf takes that as the bear is more generous than he is and crosses the line.

And at about the 2:15 mark on the video, Fatty the Bear gets up and lets the wolf know the buffet is over.

Fatty is a smooth operator. He didn’t growl. He didn’t pounce. All he did was move and the wolf got the message.

Way to go, Fatty.

Hopefully for the wolf, there’s an unguarded buffet downstream.

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18 Bears Captured In Northwest Wyoming Over Summer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Nearly 20 bears were captured over the summer in northwest Wyoming by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The captures were part of the department’s ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A total of 18 bears were captured during the summer, 12 north and west of Dubois and six north of Jackson, the department said.

From July 27 to Aug. 21, six different grizzlies were captured southeast of the Moran Junction, with five of them being collared. A sub-adult male bear was tagged and biological samples were taken, but he wasn’t radio-collared due to his small size.

Two black bears were captured in the Jackson region, but were released unhandled.

Information from the collared grizzlies provides data on survival, reproduction, distribution, habitat use and movements of the population.

After their capture, the bears are released on site and monitored in accordance with guidelines developed by the Game and Fish Department and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

Each summer, Game and Fish Department biologists and other researchers conduct grizzly bear observation flights to document grizzly numbers, distribution and reproduction. These observation flights have been conducted in the greater Yellowstone area since the 1990s.

The annual monitoring of this population is vital to the ongoing management and conservation of grizzly bears in Wyoming.

Information obtained through these efforts is used to assess the status and health of grizzly bears in the ecosystem and provides insight into population dynamics critical to demonstrate the continued recovery of the Greater Yellowstone population.

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Two Grizzlies Fight Over Elk Carcass Like Walmart Shoppers on Black Friday

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Last week, reports (and video) of a grizzly bear in Yellowstone taking down a bull elk and feasting on his kill wound its way through the different social media channels.

This week we get to see two grizzlies fighting over the carcass like two shoppers battling over a TV at Walmart on Black Friday.

We don’t know which grizzly was responsible for the kill. But we do know that both grizzlies believe the elk carcass is rightfully theirs (just like the midnight shoppers at Walmart).

Because, just like Black Friday shoppers, grizzlies don’t believe that “sharing is caring,” one grizzly gets the best of the other grizzly and all the spoils go to the victor.

Hopefully for the bear that lost out, there’s a nice consolation prize downstream.

As for the videographer who captured the footage, he lived. He wasn’t attacked like so many others this season.

“I was able to film 2 Grizzlies fighting over the carcass early this morning.  National Geographic, eat your heart out,” Diver Dave wrote on his YouTube channel.

The footage is spectacular. The sound alone is worth the time to watch.

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Enzi: Remove Yellowstone Grizzlies From Endangered Species List

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park areas have recovered and should be removed from the endangered species list, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi said this week.

Enzi addressed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of his bill S.614, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, which he introduced in February 2019.

The bill would direct the Department of the Interior to re-issue its 2017 decision to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the endangered species list and prohibit further judicial review of this decision. It would also turn management of the grizzlies over to the states.

“Wildlife experts and federal officials agree that the grizzly bears in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been fully recovered for years,” Enzi said in his testimony at the hearing. “Senseless litigation still continues to hinder the effective state management and protection of the species.”

The grizzly bear was first listed on the federal threatened species list in 1975.

In 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed grizzlies from the endangered species list, citing a significant increase in bear populations and a doubling of their range land.

In September 2018, a federal judge in Montana ordered the Fish and Wildlife Service to return the grizzly bear to the endangered species list. The state of Wyoming appealed the decision, and in July, a federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the continued protections for the grizzly bear.

Opponents of Enzi’s bill believe the animals remain threatened despite the Fish and Wildlife Service’s findings.

“This bogus hearing shrugs off the huge threats still facing these beleaguered bears,” Stephanie Kurose, a senior endangered species policy specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement Wednesday. “Yellowstone’s grizzly bears are some of America’s most iconic animals and still have a long way to go before recovery. If they lose protections, it will make it much more difficult to recover other grizzly populations in Idaho and other places south of Yellowstone.

“As the world faces both a wildlife extinction crisis and a global pandemic caused by our exploitation of nature, we need to strengthen protections for our most vulnerable animals and plants, not weaken them,” she continued.

Enzi argued that while proper management of grizzly bears is critical to protecting the species, it is also critical to protect people from potential attacks, along with the species that grizzly bears prey on.

“As the grizzly bear population has increased in Wyoming, so has the danger these animals pose to livestock, property and to humans,” Enzi said. “That’s why I believe the authority to manage the species needs to be turned over to the states. I have often found that states are better suited to address these kinds of issues because they are more familiar with the unique needs of their own communities and ecosystems.”

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is one of the co-sponsors on the management act. U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney introduced an identical companion bill in the House of Representatives last year.

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Grizzly Bear Captures To Continue At Yellowstone Until October

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Grizzly bear capture operations in Yellowstone National Park have been extended from Aug. 28 to Oct. 23, the National Park Service announced Monday.

In order to attract bears for research, biologists use natural food sources such as fresh road-killed deer and elk. Potential capture sites are baited with these natural foods and if indications are that grizzly bears are in the area, culvert traps or foot snares will be used to capture the bears.

Once captured, bears are handled in accordance with strict safety and animal care protocols.

Capture operations can include a variety of activities, but all areas where work is being conducted will have primary access points marked with warning signs.
 
Monitoring of grizzly bear distribution and other activities are vital to ongoing recovery of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
 
Whenever bear capture activities are being conducted for scientific purposes, the area around the site will be posted with bright warning signs to inform the public of the activities occurring. These signs are posted along the major access points to the capture site.

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Humans Can Eat More Hot Dogs Than Grizzly Bears In Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Good news. Science has just answered another one of life’s most pressing mysteries.

The age-old question of whether a human or a grizzly can eat more hot dogs in a hot dog eating contest has been answered.

Turns out, a person can win.

No word if Dr. James Smoliga, a veterinarian and an exercise scientist, will win a Nobel Peace Prize for figuring this out, but he should.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Smoliga had some spare time on his hands (because of the pandemic) and began to study the results of the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, which has been held every July 4 over the last 39 years.

He found out that over 10 minutes, the world champion hot dog eater could down 7.5 hot dogs per minute.

A grizzly bear, on the other hand, could eat eight per minute but only for about six minutes.

Grizzlies don’t have the staying power, it turns out, to eat hot dogs — competitively — for the full 10 minutes.

“It’s a great paper,” Dr. Michael Joyner, a physician at the Mayo Clinic, told tbe newspaper.

Not all scientists are convinced, however, that the results are conclusive.

Annelies De Cuyper, an animal nutritionist at Ghent University in Belgium, said “…consumption numbers from wild animals come from studying their normal behavior, whereas human eating records are an example of abnormal eating patterns.”

“If you put them all together in a contest, I don’t know who would win,” she said.

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