A Rocky Mountain goat fought and killed a grizzly bear by stabbing its neck with its razor sharp horns, researchers say
Mountain goat vs. grizzly bear. Wolfgang Kaehler / LightRocket / Mert Alper Dervis / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A mountain goat impaled a 154-pound grizzly bear in the Canadian Rockies, researchers said.
The she-bear was found dead by rangers earlier this month, with wounds on her neck and armpits.
An autopsy revealed that the wounds were from the horns of a goat that struggled during an attack.
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A mountain goat did a remarkable feat after impaling a 154-pound grizzly bear that was believed to be trying to attack it in the Canadian Rockies, researchers said.
A female grizzly bear carcass was found earlier this month by hikers on a popular hiking trail in Yoho National Park in eastern British Columbia.
The bear, weighing around 70 kg, had wounds on his neck and armpits.
At first, researchers weren't sure what might have caused the death, but an autopsy revealed that the bear had been impaled by the razor-sharp horns of a Rocky Mountain goat.
“[It] was the result of an unsuccessful predation attempt on a mountain goat. And it ultimately turned the tables on this bear, ”David Laskin, a wildlife ecologist at Parks Canada, told CBC.
Laskin said this is consistent with the defensive response of mountain goats.
"When grizzlies attack, they focus on the head behind the neck and shoulders of their prey. And this is usually from above. So the defensive reaction of the mountain goat is to use their sharp points," he added, according to the CBC.
While it is very rare for a mountain goat to survive a bear attack, it is not uncommon.
Male Rocky Mountain goats can weigh up to 300 pounds (136 kg) and their horns, which they never shed, can be very sharp, according to National Geographic.
"Other cases of mountain goats defensively killing bears have been reported in the past," Laskin said, according to Live Science. "This is not entirely surprising, because mountain goats are strong animals that are well equipped to defend themselves."
Park rangers took the bear carcass out of the air to make sure it did not attract any more predators.
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