This is the moment a wildlife photographer caught the extremely rare encounter between a grizzly bear and a wolf. Taken in Yellowstone National Park, Seth Royal Kroft heard that a large grizzly bear had ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ an elk and so he hoped more animals would be involved. So he set the alarm for 2am and arrived on the scene at 6am, still in the dark hoping to catch some action.
After a short while, a gray wolf walked up to the grizzly bear, most likely after picking up the scent from its meal. The sun began to rise over the river while the fog cleared, and Seth was blessed with some of the most amazing photographs ever. Despite spending time in the mountains, often photographing wildlife, this was the first time he had come into close contact with a wolf.
“It has been very interesting. I have encountered black bears while camping many times over the years, but they are relatively harmless in most situations,” he told Bored Panda. the one and only time in Yellowstone Park. surrounded by wildlife, and so his photographic journey began spontaneously.
“I just take pictures of any animal I come across. Looking back, my early wildlife photos were terrible, but that’s how you learn and grow. Only recently did I actually buy a ‘wildlife’ lens. Neither the grizzly bear nor the wolf seemed to mind each other, with the wolf leaving and coming back a few times over the next few hours.
“With such a large size, the grizzly knows that a single wolf is no threat. The wolf seems to have a mischievous, playful attitude. “As if it were a game. It will slowly get as close as possible to the moose carcass, gaining only a few inches of it before the bear stirs slightly and causes the wolf to quickly retreat.”
Apparently, the wolf tried to approach the bear for food four times before disappearing back into the woods empty-handed. Gray wolves and bears have been living together peacefully across a large swath of North America for a long time. Most interactions usually involve food sources, like this one. They can be a bit aggressive at times but are usually quite calm.