Mountain goat uses its ‘dagger-like’ horns to kill a 154-pound grizzly bear in self-defense.
A MOUNTAIN GOAT has killed a 154-pound grizzly bear while protecting itself from the predator.
According to Parks Canada, a mountain goat in Canada’s untamed hinterlands rescued itself from a grizzly bear by attacking with its “dagger-like” horns.
The forensic necropsy of a female grizzly bear conducted by Parks Canada led experts to the conclusion that the violent grizzly bear was killed by a mountain goat slashing it in the armpits and neck.
The Guardian quoted David Laskin, a Parks Canada wildlife ecologist with the Lake Louise, Yoho, and Kootenay field unit, as saying, “When grizzly bears attack, they prefer to focus on the head, the back of the neck, and the shoulders of the prey.”
“This type of attack is normally launched from above.”
“A mountain goat’s protective response would be to defend itself with its sharp horns.”
Parks Canada estimates the female grizzly bear weighed 154 pounds (70 kilograms) and had no cubs.
On September 4, a hiker near the Burgess Pass trail in Field, British Columbia, discovered the bear’s body and alerted police.
Due of fears that the body would attract additional predators, it was flown out later that day.
Burgess Pass is an eight-mile trail that is mostly utilized for running and trekking.
Mountain goats can weigh up to 275 pounds (125 kilograms) and prefer to stay on rocky outcroppings at high altitudes.
However, the creatures do wander to new places on occasion, where they may encounter grizzly bears.
Mountain goat predation by grizzly bears is rather prevalent, according to Mr Laskin.
“However, my colleague and I have never seen anything like this before.
“When bears prey on huge ungulates like moose and elk, they put themselves in danger…
“There have been other incidents of mountain goats killing bears in self-defense in the past, but you rarely find anything documented like this.
“It’s been fascinating — and a good reminder that nature is full of surprises.”