We have all seen the photos and videos of wolves and bears in the wild sparring with each other over food or protecting their young. These moments can sometimes become very intense as the two species appear to be natural enemies. But just exactly how do these natural enemies carry on at times when no one is looking?

Recently, Nancy Ward, Yellowstone's acting chief of maintenance was heading through the park to attend a meeting. This was before the park was open yet to the public. As she was driving along, she noticed a wolf and another animal in a snow covered area. Her thoughts immediately turned to that of maybe a bison struggling in the snow so she decided to investigate further.

Imagine her surprise when she realized that what she had seen was a wolf and a grizzly bear actually "playing" together. She first thought that maybe there was a carcass nearby but quickly saw there was no food to be found. She watched as the bear rolled around on it's back with it's feet in the air and then as it slid around in the snow. The whole time the wolf stayed near by watching and checking things out. Then the bear approached the wolf and they both sniffed around each other and on the ground. This all took place for more than five minutes before they went off on their merry way. During this time, Nancy Ward snapped several good pictures showing the quite friendly behavior of two supposedly natural enemies.

Responses to "Grizzly Bear and Wolf natural friends instead of enemies?"

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    Great Photos, and such a surprise. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jayne says:

    Wow - totally amazing! Why can't people get along like this?

  4. Unknown says:

    Great story. Great photo. I can bask in the warmth I feel for these creatures all day. Thank you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    of course!

  6. Lakota says:

    Los patrones están cambiando, los animales los activan mucho antes que nosotros al estar desprovistos de Ego. Los cambios han comenzado, ellos los sienten y se activan con el Universo, nos toca a nosotros.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Doesn't surprise me one bit that this can happen. Thanks for sharing and giving the opportunity for others to have a change of opinion.

  8. Jerry/ Wolfwarrior says:

    There just may be a lesson here for us all.

  9. anoymous says: says:

    They were both happy and content.

  10. runt says:

    like the native American say were all related we are one awesome pictures

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just goes to show, if there is nothing to fight over then all is well. Food, territory or religion or race [different species]. Nothing at all to argue over. How nice is that.

  12. Anonymous says:

    the interaction of nature with nature, wild with wild is usually much better than man with wild. Often when man interacts with wild animals the animal dies, sadly not for food or sustenance but for pleasure or a trophy. for many of us we cannot understand the need to kill animals to satisfy a blood lust and a need to kill that which we do not understand or are afraid of. We can learn so much from wild animals, they possess traits that many humans are sadly lacking, like compassion and respect for each other. Thank you for listening Steve

  13. Bear and wolf - two great teachers showing us the way through example that harmony is here to experience if we really want it.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    We all could learn something from their example if we could all forget who we are and just get along

  16. Phoenix says:

    Delightful, and proof once again that in so many ways animals are more civilized than many humans :-/

  17. Unknown says:

    <3 amazing LOVE in them... yay... it teach the children less hater...

  18. Anonymous says:

    Nature is in balance, she doesn't need humans saying who can live or not.

  19. Amazing, seen it in captivity, but not in the wild. Thanks, and yes, a lesson in 'humanity' for the 'civilised' hunters.

  20. elizabeth says:

    In Churchill Manitoba polar bears will plat with the local sled dogs without harm because they are not competin g for food... thus not surprising for wolf snd bear

  21. Anonymous says:

    lesson kind to all

  22. Unknown says:

    I agree why cant people act like this!!! Its so amazing to see!!!

  23. Rasta Joy says:

    nice work, Nancy. thanks for sharing.

  24. Unknown says:

    Great pictures of a very unusual event. Fascinating! Thanks fot sharing nice pictures.

  25. Amazing!

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