April 22, 2021

Friends From The Wilderness: Photographer Captured A Profound And Rare Image Of A Grizzly And Wolf Encounter

A photographer has captured footage of a once in a lifetime encounter between a bear and a wolf while out taking photos in Yellowstone Park.

When Seth Royal Kroft heard a massive elk was taken down by a grizzly bear, he saw it as the perfect opportunity to take some amazing snaps with his camera. Shortly after midnight, he got into his car and after a four hours drive, Seth was there on the riverbank waiting for some action. And he got plenty of it!

He set his alarm for 2 am and jumped into his car. He arrived at the Yellowstone National Park for 6 am and it turns out his early start was worth every minute of lost sleep.

The park, which is mostly in Wyoming, also spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too – to give you an idea of the sprawling size of the area he tracked to find the incredible encounter.

He saw the sun start to rise slowly over the river and when the mist cleared, Seth spotted his chance to take an amazing video and photos.

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Speaking to Bored Panda, the photographer said: “It was very exciting. I have encountered black bears while camping a number of times over the years, but they are relatively harmless in most situations.

I’ve only come across grizzly bears a few times and only in Yellowstone Park. All that to say I will still generally carry bear spray on my person when hiking in potential bear country.”

And although both animals are natural killers, the grizzly wasn’t even slightly worried about the wolf.

Seth explained: “As large as it was, the grizzly knew a single wolf wasn’t any kind of threat.

The wolf seemed to have a mischievous, playful demeanor. As if it was a game.

It would slowly get as close as it could to the elk carcass, achieving a distance of mere inches from it before the bear would stir slightly and sent the wolf quickly retreating.”

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

The photographer said that while he was watching he noticed four times when the wolf tried to take on the bear – but to no avail. It soon retreated back into the woods.

Pretty impressive, eh? Seth knew from a young age that he had a love for wildlife photography. He started out with just a single camera body and a medium-range lens.

He added: “I just took pictures of whatever animal I encountered.

Looking back, my early wildlife photos were atrocious, but that’s how you learn and grow. It was only recently that I actually purchased a ‘wildlife’ lens.”

And if these photos are anything to go by, it really was a worthwhile investment.

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

The photographer counted four occasions the wolf tried to approach the bear but after virtually no results, it disappeared back into the woods.

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

With the reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park, much interest has been shown regarding the effects of a restored wolf population on both grizzly bears and black bears. But grizzly bears, black bears, and gray wolves have historically coexisted in much of the same range throughout a large portion of North America.

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

Just like this time, most interactions between the three species involve food sources and are usually characterized by mutual avoidance. However, the behavior of the animals during interactions with each other can vary depending on their age, sex and reproductive status, prey availability, hunger and aggressiveness, numbers of animals, and previous experience in interacting with the other species. But most of the time, they’re pretty chill.

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

Credits: Seth Royal Kroft

Here’s what people have been saying about Seth’s amazing photos