When reading a story like Theodore Roosevelt’s “A Man-Eating Bear,” it’s terrifying to contemplate what a bear attack is like. Though considered lumbersome, bulky animals, grizzlies can run at speeds of 30 mph. To turn and see a grizzly bear, more than 1,000 pounds of moving muscle, hurtling closer—it’s a humbling and horrifying thought to realize, even as hunters, humans are not really at the top of the food chain.
For elk, dealing with death-by-predator is a constant reality. Grizzlies will routinely kill calves during the warmer months of the year, but even bull elk aren’t safe after a long and tiring rut. Wolves get much of the attention when it comes to elk predators, but grizzlies make their presence known in a big way to many northwestern herds.
Watch as an elk tries to beat a grizzly at a foot race.
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