A big grizzly was hot on the heels of these horses. ViralHog via Youtube
A large gray bear recently chased a group of wild horses in Alberta, Canada. According to ViralHog, the sudden event occurred about two hours drive northwest of Calgary, on May 26, 2022. Help Alberta Wildies Society, a wild horse protection group, recorded extraordinary tracking footage using track cameras.
“These track cameras are part of a large network of cameras that collect video data on the condition and mortality of Alberta Wild Horses from both natural causes and large predators,” the group told ViralHog. “The Alberta Wildies Society has been conducting this research since 2014 and uses the data to promote worldwide awareness of our endangered Wild Horse population here in Alberta, Canada.”
The group claims the video is proof that Canadian wild horses actually have natural predators, though grizzly big does not look particularly close to catching any of the horses in the view. “The next time someone tells you that Wild Horses have no natural predators, send it to me,” a representative of the organization wrote in a Facebook post. “We are losing a lot of horses this year, faster and faster than in previous years. Not only foals, but also adults. ”
Grizzly bears are found in the Rocky Mountains and some of Alberta’s boreal forests. According to the Alberta Desert Association, there are about 856 to 973 bears in the province as of 2021. Gray bears can weigh up to 800 pounds and are considered “opportunistic feeders”, meaning they often try to do a meal. from whatever food source they encounter. The species is native to the region.
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Meanwhile, wild horses in Alberta are considered the offspring of domestic horses from shearing, steering and equipment operations in the early 1900s, according to the Alberta Government. As of 2021, the agency says there are at least 1,314 wild horses in the province. The province, like wildlife management agencies in the western U.S., conducts a wild horse capture and removal program to minimize their harmful impacts on mountain lands.