Two massive grizzly bears went head-to-head fighting for an elk carcass in Yellowstone National Park, video shows.
The bears were desperate and determined to get the remains of a bull elk that was taken down by a grizzly, video captured by David Angelescu shows.
The video is the latest in the bull elk saga. Days before Angelescu’s video was taken, the huge bear chased the elk with a broken hind leg into a river and drowned it, the East Idaho News reported. Then the grizzly pulled the elk from the water and buried it in the sand, according to Storyful.
Some thought the bear could have been a 9-year-old male that was also seen eating a 2- to 3-year-old grizzly last October, the Billings Gazette reported.
“Footage taken eight days later by another videographer showed that the carrion had been dug up and stolen by another bear, also seen guarding it in Angelescu’s footage, on September 26,” Storyful reported. “Angelescu said he knew about the stolen elk and the grizzly guarding it and decided to head to the location with his camera ready.”
Yellowstone has grizzly and black bears. There were about 728 grizzlies in Yellowstone in 2019, according to the National Park Service.
Bears are looking for food to fatten up before winter. They are eating “nearly nonstop” in a process called hyperphagia, the National Park Service said.
Some bears can gain more than 3 pounds a day before hibernating, Yellowstone National Park said.
“During hyperphagia, bears are very active and many visitors have a chance to see them in action,” the National Park Service said. “But do not feed the bears! Bears that eat human food can lose their preference for natural food sources and their fear of humans.”