A clip showing one bear The hunt for wild horses in Alberta, Canada has gone viral on social media, shocking netizens.
The clip shows six horses and a foal running for their lives. A few meters away a grizzly bear can be seen hunt them. The camera view from a different angle shows the bear getting closer while the horses continue to gallop.
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The clip, taken on May 26, was first shared on Facebook last week by the Help Alberta Wildies Society, a group of wild horse conservationists. The group noted that many horses, including adults, have been lost at a faster rate this year and that eight different bears have been spotted on cameras in recent weeks.
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Rex Chapman, a former American basketball player, shared the clip on Twitter and wrote in the comments, “This bear is absolutely moving.” Another Twitter user wrote, “It’s amazing how fast bears are. I wonder if he had the stamina to keep up?”
Anyone who has seen a horse knows that these horses understand that they simply have to wear out this big boy. They put in a nice gallop and he tries very hard.
– Sam (@SamGV) June 6, 2022
The horses look like they’re barely trotting while the bear snorts up the hill
— SquishySquid™ (@SquishySquid16) June 4, 2022
It’s amazing how fast bears are. Wonder if he had the stamina to keep up?
— TheMeekWarrior ⚔️ Communication open! (@WarriorMeek) June 4, 2022
Just a little reminder of how fast a grizzly bear can run. https://t.co/mdlrKIkzOo
— ANTIFACorgiSezHelpUkraine🌻 (@zzippycorgi11) June 6, 2022
It’s absolutely terrifying how fast this bear moves. https://t.co/vWYBlDLsvU
— Walddo (@Walddo) June 6, 2022
This bear is absolutely moving.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 6, 2022
“The next time someone tells you that wild horses have no natural enemies, send them to me. We are losing a lot of horses this year, earlier and faster than in previous years. Not just the foals. adults too.
The White Spirit gang was right in front of us today and although Serena and Middle gave birth to mares, the only foal in the gang is Malibu. Serena lost her foal within 3 days of giving birth, two years in a row. We caught her on camera today and she is in heat. We’ve had 8 different bears on camera in the last few weeks,” the Help Alberta Wildies Society Facebook post said.
Biologist Sarah Elmeligi was quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as saying that studies of bear droppings show that part of their diet contains hoofed mammals and that wild horses fall into this category.
She said bears are opportunistic like most predators. “If a bear is strong and fast enough to take down a foal, it will do it. It’s a very high-calorie, high-protein meal, and this bear hasn’t eaten in five months,” she told the TV network.