Talk about harassment in the workplace. A Yellowstone National Park visitor caught a video of a wolf nipping a grizzly bear on the butt three separate times.
The clip first captures the bear and the wolf emerging from some fallen brush. What ensues is sure to be the bear’s most aggravating moment of the day.
The first nip comes almost immediately after the pair leave the Yellowstone tree line. In response, the bear sits down, overall a very bear-like reaction. Once the bear recovers from the first bite, it gets up in an effort to go about its day.
The second time, the bear seems a little more aggravated as he whips around following the wolf’s antics. You can almost hear the wolf snickering following the second bite.
Following the Yellowstone wolf’s final nip, the bear sits again, much longer this time. It appears this is his effort to discourage the playful wolf from his game.
The conclusion of the video shows the pair as they get back up and move on. Again, the wolf comes near the bear’s behind, although this time the bear is prepared. He quickly whips his head around right before the canine can bite him on the backside again.
The videographer of the humourous scene, Gary Gaston, said the footage was taken at Crystal Creek in the northern region of Yellowstone National Park. He further told USA Today there was a large animal carcass – “probably an elk” – nearby. This could explain why there were bears, wolves, and ravens all gathered in a single area.
Love-Sick Elk Pose Danger to Yellowstone Visitors
Yellowstone National Park frequently serves as the scene of many interesting, humorous, and shocking animal interactions. Prior to the harassment issue at the hands of the Yellowstone wolf above, park authorities have warned visitors to be wary of the park’s elk this time of year.
The fall season marks the beginning of what is known as “rut,” or mating season, for the large antlered animals. On one hand, this means that next spring’s parkgoers may get to see some adorable baby elk. On the other, it also means that the males are incredibly aggressive and territorial this time of year. Because of an increased need for dominance, elk will attack humans if they stray too close.
To combat these issues before they take place, park authorities have posted signage stating all visitors should remain at least 25 yards from the animals. In a news release, Yellowstone authorities said, “Bull elk can be unpredictable and dangerous during this time…Elk run quickly and may change direction without warning.”
Linda Veress of the Yellowstone National Park public affair office said, “We normally put this [warning] out in advance of the rut each year to get the safety message out.” And this year, it appears not just elk, but the majority of the park’s animals have avoided major run-ins with visitors. In 2021 so far, the only reported injury took place during a visitor’s encounter with a bear.