Bears and wolves vie for a carcass in this Yellowstone National Park file photo. Park biologists say after wolves take down prey, bears often will move in to claim the kill.
Subcommittee of federal and state land and wildlife officials provide oversight for grizzly bear management in the ecosystem.
“When you see wolves and bears next to each other, 95 percent of the time there’s something dead that they’re both feeding on,” Smith said. “Typically what happens is wolves kill it, and bears take it.”
“Bears generally will find and take a carcass,” Smith said. “It’s not a matter of if, but when.”
During confrontations between wolves and bears, especially over food, bears in Yellowstone win roughly 80 percent of the time, Smith said. In other places such as Banff National Park in Canada, bears win a carcass about 50 percent of the time. The reason for the discrepancy is unclear, Smith said.
That doesn’t mean wolves live up on what’s often their own hard-earned kill.
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