Obviously, coming face-to-face with a grizzly bear would never be ideal.
These predators can apply up to 600 pounds of force with a swipe of their paw and often stand between 7 and 10 feet tall. So yes, if you meet one in the wild, good luck.
But a grizzly bear in Canada may be the worst of them all.
Meet the boss.
Officially known as Bear 122, the boss got his nickname for his absolute dominance in his forest edge around Banff National Park in Banff, Alberta.
Estimated to be around 20 years old and weigh between 650 and 700 pounds, the boss has earned his reputation as one of the toughest and baddest bears in Banff.
In 2013, the Sundance Canyon Trail in Banff was forced to close after the boss was spotted eating a carcass near the popular hiking area. And this carcass? Well, it turned out to be a black bear.
And it’s not just other bears that fail to terrify the boss. Once he survived a train accident. But tracking data shows the bear was undeterred and still uses the area’s railways for travel and foraging. In fact, it also frequently crosses the busy freeways in the area, undisturbed by high-speed traffic.
I understand why they call him the boss.
As if that weren’t enough, this particular bear has been estimated to have sired up to 70% of the grizzly bear cubs in the national park, and tracking data shows it has a “home range” of around 1,000 square miles.
But despite its reputation as one of the top – and toughest – predators in the area, the bear has reportedly become surprisingly accustomed to humans and has never shown aggression towards them during its travels.
Still, this is a bear I’d rather see from a (very far) distance.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/15/this-giant-grizzly-bear-in-canada-named-the-boss-has-survived-being-hit-by-a-train-fathered-70-of-the-cubs-in-his-area/ This giant grizzly bear in Canada called “The Boss” survived being hit by a train and sired 70% of the cubs in his area