It’s not often that people get a peek into the lives of wild animals, but thanks to trail cameras across the globe their experiences are being revealed more and more. These experiences can range from the dramatic, such as when a bobcat encountered a rattlesnake, or the peaceful, such as when a woman captured all the animals coming for a drink of water in her backyard.
These videos of a herd of wild horses definitely fall into the dramatic category. That’s because the horses are being pursued by a grizzly bear!
Alberta Wildies Society filmed the video on trail cameras that they set up to monitor wild horses in the Canadian province.
They wrote of the footage, “May 26, 2022, a Grizzly bear with two cubs is seen chasing a band of Alberta Wild Horses. This event occurred in central Alberta, Canada, approx. 2 hours northwest of Calgary.”
They shared another video of the horses and mama bear and her cubs on their Facebook page that shows the bears trailing behind the horses writing, “When horses are running like this, they always have a good reason. This time, they had almost a 2 min. head start.”
The group wrote of bears behavior: “Grizzly bears scare a lot of you, and many of you don’t understand them. Perhaps that is because you don’t live with them like we do. They are always walking amongst us in the wilderness, and are generally extremely evasive. Wild Horses are definitely part of their diet but they also indulge on a large number of deer, moose, and elk. Around the middle of June, they will have an opportunity to pick on some free range cattle for the summer and fall.”
Alberta Wildies Society also explained why they have set up the cameras, “These trail cameras are part of a large network of cameras collecting video data on the plight and mortality of Alberta’s Wild Horses, from both natural causes and large predators.”
They have been conducting this research since 2014 and said that in 2022 the threatened population of wild horses have been enduring more losses than normal. “This particular spring has been a hard one on wild horses,” the group said on Facebook.
“We are losing a lot of horses this year, sooner and quicker than in past years. Not just the foals. Adults also.” To support the Alberta Wildies Society and their conservation efforts visit their website.