A dramatic display of nature’s calculating strategy, a wolf pack encircles a polar bear, cautiously assessing the risks before deciding whether to launch an attack

Sizing up the most dangerous animal to roam North America.? An animal that thrives in the harshest of conditions, killing things by using ice and freezing water to its advantage? Polar bears are nothing to joke with, no matter how tough you are.

The video that comes from Manitoba, Canada, which is one of the best places in the world to get the chance to see these beasts in the wild. It starts with two wolves right on the tail of the polar bear.

Now, polar bears are the largest carnivores in North America and with no natural predators… you’re gonna need a whole lot more than two wolves to take it down. In fact, even with the help of the entire pack, I like the polar bear’s odds. Another wolf joins as they try to get in strategic position to begin the attack.

The bear, now completely on guard, won’t let any of them directly behind it for too long. As the wolves continue to size it up and get into a good position the bear gets more concerned and defensive. Another wolf shows up and the polar bear gets more on guard. Another one shows up, then another. Are they really gonna try and mount and attack?

With the bear clearly concerned and prepared to fight, seven wolves attempt to surround the bear but decide he is too big to tackle. The cons out weigh the pros, and they will have something less dangerous for supper.

And even if they did take this bear down, I feel like it wouldn’t have happened without some major damage done to the pack. Injuries, death… all it takes is one powerful defensive swipe from that polar bear’s paw and one of these wolves would be looking at a fatal injury… it’s not worth the risk. However, it is still pretty amazing watching two predators interact.

The video was summed up by the person who filmed it:

“As a polar bear walked along the Hudson Bay he came into an area where he was met by a pack of wolves. First only a couple of wolves followed him testing him for weaknesses. As more and more wolves joined in, the bear began to take evasive actions.

After a few minutes, the wolves realized that the bear was too big and strong for them to take down and relented. The bear walked away unscathed.

This is very rare and fascinating behavior as wolves don’t normally go after large polar bears due to the high risk of injury or death.”

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