A Rocky Mountain goat fought and killed a grizzly bear by stabbing its neck with its razor sharp horns, researchers say

Mountain goat vs. the grizzly bear Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Researchers said that a mountain goat killed a 154-pound grizzly bear from the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Rangers found the female bear dead in its neck and armpits.

The necropsy revealed that the wounds were caused by the horns of a goat who fought back against an attack.

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Researchers said that a mountain goat managed a remarkable feat when it trapped a 154-pound grizzly bear. It was allegedly trying to attack it in Canada's Rocky Mountains.

Hikers found the carcass of a female gry bear earlier this month along a popular trail in Yoho National Park, eastern British Columbia.

The bear weighed in at 154 pounds (70 kilograms) and had injuries to its neck, armpits, and neck.

Researchers were initially unsure of the cause of death. However, an autopsy revealed that the bear was impaled by the sharp horns a Rocky Mountain goat.

"It was the result of a failed predation attempt against a mountain goat. It turned the tables on the bear," David Laskin (a Parks Canada wildlife ecologist) told CBC.

Laskin stated that this was in keeping with mountain goats' defensive responses.

"Grizzlies tend to attack prey by focusing on their head at the back of their necks and shoulders when they attack. This is often done from the top. According to CBC, the mountain goat's defensive response would be to defend itself with its sharp points."

It is rare for mountain goats to survive bear attacks, but it is possible.

According to National Geographic, Rocky Mountain goats can swell to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) in males. Their horns are never shed and can be quite sharp.

According to Live Science, Laskin stated that other cases of mountain goats killing bears were reported. This is not surprising as mountain goats are strong and well-equipped to defend themselves.

To ensure that the bear carcass was not attracted to other predators, park rangers flew it off the trail.

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