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A large Canadian grizzly bear, weighing in at 272kg, referred to as “the boss”, is thought to have survived being hit by a train. The beast, also known as Bear 122, is known to kill and eat other, smaller bears.
The bear is roughly 20 years old and one of the largest bears in Banff National Park in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.
He has even reportedly been hit by one train in his short life and still travels a territory of 1538km along train tracks.
A human-wildlife conflict specialist with Banff National Park, Steve Michel, spoke to the National Post about how the grizzly was discovered feasting on an animal carcass in 2013.
The incident led to the trail being closed off due to safety fears.
Mr Michel said: “It had been completely consumed.
“There was nothing remaining other than a skull, a hide, the four paws and some bones.
“There were indications the black bear was foraging on the trail at the time.
“It looks like that black bear just happened to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when a very large grizzly bear came by.”
Mr Michel added it was likely the small bear wasn’t able to put up much of a fight against The Boss.
He said the larger bear was “definitely the dominant animal”.
He said: “This is grizzly bear number 122, so he’s a very large grizzly bear.
“I don’t think there would have been much of a brawl that took place. It would have been fairly quick.”
Experts also claim that The Boss could have fathered up to 70 per cent of the cubs over the past few years.
Dan Rafla, a human-wildlife coexistence specialist with Parks Canada, told The Culture Trip: “He’s the boss of this landscape.
The grizzly has also gained fame in the area and is “seen enough to be recognised” as the most dominant bear in Banff.
“He’s the most dominant male grizzly in the Bow Valley… and there’s nothing else in the food chain that could push him off.”
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