A video of two grizzly bears fighting in British Columbia highway has garnered over 1.8 million views. The video was shot on the Stewart Cassiar Highway in Canada by Cari McGillivray. She posted the video on her Facebook page and wrote, “Don’t normally post on here but thought I’d share this incredibly rare and amazing moment with all you guys of these grizzlies fighting! Keep a sharp eye out for the little wolf that is observing them in the distance!”
The video was shared more than 45,000 times on Facebook. In the video, two grizzly bears start pushing each other aggressively after growling for a few seconds. In the background, a wolf enters the road and starts observing the fight. In the end, the bears start running towards the camera. With the video quickly earning rave reviews, netizens seemed to be enthralled by it. While some people analysed the video, others seemed transfixed by the capture and commented:
"Wow! Amazing! Was this you filming? Once in a lifetime experience! This is well worth posting publicly," a Facebook user asked Cari and she confirmed, "yeah I was filming this!! This was by far one of my favourite wildlife encounters I have ever had!!" she replied. The bears fighting AND a wolf in the background. Highly rare capture,” wrote another user.
According to a Canadian daily, conservation officers of Canada were receiving a record number of calls related to the bear-human conflicts. There were 3,826 calls relating to black bears and 182 calls for grizzly bears this April and May, the daily quoted deputy chief B.C. conservation officer Chris Doyle. Doyle said that the figures are the highest in eight years, and compare with the annual seasonal average, which is 2,400 calls for black bears and 82 for grizzlies.
The grizzly bears are under 'Least Concern' category on the IUCN Red List nut is 'endangered' in parts of Canada. Found mostly in North America, the grizzly bears are considered more aggressive compared to black bears. The officers have urged the residents to secure everything that can draw the bears into the neighbourhood leading to more conflicts. It includes garbage, fruit trees, bird feeders, barbecues, livestock and high-value fruit tree crops.