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Massive Grizzly Bear Spotted Hunting Wild Horses in Alberta

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Edited screenshot from "Grizzly Bear Chasing Alberta Wild Horses", ViralHog, Youtube.

The Alberta wilderness is known for its rugged beauty and diverse wildlife, but recent discoveries have highlighted a dramatic and rarely seen predator-prey dynamic. Grizzly bears, formidable hunters in their own right, have been observed chasing wild horses in the region, a development brought to light by the efforts of the Help Alberta Wildies Society (HAWS).

The Role of HAWS in Monitoring Alberta’s Wild Horses

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Screenshot from “Grizzly Bear Chasing Alberta Wild Horses”, ViralHog, Youtube.

The Help Alberta Wildies Society (HAWS) is dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses in Alberta. As part of their efforts, the organization sets up trail cameras throughout the wilderness to monitor the health and movement of these herds.

The Startling Footage

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Screenshot from “Grizzly Bear Chasing Alberta Wild Horses”, ViralHog, Youtube.

In 2023, HAWS released footage that captured a dramatic scene: wild horses fleeing in panic with a grizzly bear in hot pursuit. The video, taken by a trail camera, offered a rare glimpse into the predator-prey relationship between grizzlies and horses.

Speed and Strength

Grizzly Bear. Image via Depositphotos.

Grizzly bears can reach speeds of 25 to 28 mph (40 to 45 kph) and sustain this pace for up to 2 miles (3 km). Their speed and power make them capable predators, even against large animals like horses.

Outcome of the Chase

Two horses cantering.
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Despite the high-speed chase captured in the footage, all the horses involved were later accounted for, indicating that the grizzly bear’s hunt was unsuccessful on this occasion.

The Video

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“Grizzly Bear Chasing Alberta Wild Horses”, ViralHog, Youtube

A Repeat Occurrence

Three horses walking.
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This was not the first time such an incident was documented. In 2022, another trail camera captured horses and their foals running in fear with a grizzly bear following closely behind.

Understanding the Predator-Prey Dynamics

Grizzly bear in typical landscape of tundra in Denali NP, Alaska, US.
Image by Roussien on Depositphotos

The footage has provided valuable insights into the dynamics between grizzly bears and wild horses. It illustrates how these powerful predators can impact the behavior and survival strategies of horse herds in Alberta.

The Role of Trail Cameras in Wildlife Monitoring

Feral horses in a field
Wild horses in a field. By Brian Eager from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Livno Wild horses (8)Uploaded by Smooth_O, CC BY 2.0,

Trail cameras have proven essential in capturing these rare interactions, allowing researchers and conservationists to better understand and protect Alberta’s wild horses.

The Challenge of Protecting Wild Horses

Horses on brown grass field during daytime. Image by Daniel obregon via Unsplash

The presence of grizzly bears adds another layer of complexity to the already challenging task of protecting wild horse populations in Alberta. Efforts must now also consider the threat posed by these predators.

Grizzlies in Alberta: An Overview

North American Grizzly Bear in snow at spring in Western Canada. Image via Depositphotos.

Grizzly bears are native to Alberta and are known for their strength and adaptability. They are opportunistic feeders, and their diet can include a wide range of animals, now known to include wild horses.

The Impact of Predation on Horse Herds

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Three Icelandic Horses. Imageby Fabian Burghardt on Unsplash.

Predation by grizzly bears could potentially affect the dynamics and numbers of wild horse herds. Understanding this impact is crucial for effective conservation strategies.

Conservation Efforts and Public Awareness

Grizzly Bear. Image by Simon Hurry via Pexels.

The work of HAWS and the dissemination of these videos have raised public awareness about the interactions between grizzlies and wild horses, highlighting the need for continued monitoring and protection efforts.

Balancing Ecosystems: Predators and Prey

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Previous years cubs. Image by Thomas D. Mangelsen

The interactions between grizzly bears and wild horses highlight the delicate balance within ecosystems where predators and prey coexist, each playing a role in maintaining ecological stability.

The Importance of Habitat Conservation

Przewalski’s horses. Image via Depositphotos

Protecting the habitats of both grizzlies and wild horses is essential for preserving these species and ensuring they can coexist without undue stress or conflict.

Community Involvement in Wildlife Protection

A portrait of a wild grizzly bear.
A portrait of a wild grizzly bear. By Jean Beaufort. Image via, CC0,

Local communities and volunteer groups like HAWS play a critical role in monitoring and protecting wildlife, contributing valuable data and fostering a greater understanding of local ecosystems.

Future Steps in Conservation

This field of horses is on the highway just south of Gulfoss by Joisey Showaa

Going forward, the integration of predator-prey dynamics into conservation plans will be crucial. Strategies must account for the natural behaviors of grizzly bears while ensuring the safety and sustainability of wild horse populations.

What Does This Mean for Alberta’s Wildlife Management?

Grizzly Bear. Image via Depositphotos.

These findings will likely influence future wildlife management policies in Alberta, promoting a balanced approach that considers both the needs of predators like grizzlies and the protection of wild horse herds.

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