Mountain goat gores grizzly to death in British Columbia

A mother mountain goat and her kid in Yoho National Park. Credit: bendus

In a surprising twist, a hiker has discovered evidence of a mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) goring a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) to death in Yoho National Park in British Columbia. The hiker discovered remains of the bear on Sept. 4 in the Burgess Pass trail in Yoho, a park neighboring Banff National Park in Alberta. Researchers conducted a necropsy on the remains, and found that the bear had met its end at the horns of a mountain goat, likely during an unsuccessful predation attempt. “Goats can kill a bear, but this remains a rare event,” said TWS member Steeve Côté, a bear researcher at Laval University in Quebec, told Rocky Mountain Outlook. “All they need is a good horn jab well placed.”

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