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Predator Right of Way: Brown Bear Yields to Roving Wolves in Alaska

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:13 PM by chloe owens

8/9/17, Earth Touch News

Predator right of way: Brown bear yields to roving wolves in Alaska

There's no question that brown bears reign supreme in Alaska's wild spaces, but during a recent sighting in Denali National Park and Preserve, one of the umber heavyweights surprised tourists when it yielded to a pair of roving wolves…As wolf populations begin to bounce back, biologists elsewhere have observed similar interactions between the two species. In Yellowstone National Park, for example, wolves have been seen trudging at the heels of bears in curious fashion. The behavior almost always arises when a bear gets too close to a wolf pack's home-base. Yellowstone Wolf Restoration Project leader Doug Smith explains that the aroma of a wolf den – described as a mix of wet dog and stale bone – is enough to draw the bears in, and when that happens, the wolves team up to drive the sizeable intruders away.