Earlier this month, hikers discovered the body of a 154-pound grizzly bear near the Burgess Pass in the Canadian Rockies. Incredibly, an autopsy on Parks Canada revealed that the bear had been killed by a mountain goat. What’s even more amazing, my colleagues at The Gizmod scientific team celebrated this, calling the goat a “villain.”
What am I saying, don’t you have hearts, Gizmoda science team? I’m here to stand up for the grizzly bear. That goat is not bad. It is a cold accomplice in the murder, who is working on climate change to take the life of an innocent grizzly bear.
The climate crisis has wreaked havoc in the region near where the bear was found. You may remember the fires that engulfed Canada over the summer. Fire burned the whole city i historical lightning ignited hundreds of fires across western Canada, including those so intense that they turned day into night. Two fires affected parts of Banff National Park. Banff sits literally across from Yoho National Park, where the goat-bear crime scene is located.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let me remind you that climate change is making hot weather more prone to fires. May I also point out that these more intense fires burn everything in their path. So what does that have to do with killing a bear?
In Yoho National Park, bears rely heavily on vegetation for winter fattening. Unlike coastal brown and black bears, these grizzlies they have no access to salmon. According to Parks Canada, meat makes up only 15% of their diet. Especially in summer, berries are the primary source of food for grizzlies. Forest berry patches are also resistant can to grow back soon after the fire broke out. But when they are burned by flames or dried up, bears don’t have much to pick up.
“We had a poor berry crop this year and it’s usually a calorie event of the season,” said David Laskin, a wildlife ecologist from Canada’s Lake Louise Park, Yoho and Kootenay, said Calgary’s CTV news, noting that bears “often move to different types of food, will dig up roots and look for ungulates for prey”.
In other words, this goat was not malicious; it was a creepy killer who decided to harm a helpless creature suffering from climate change. Research scientists at University of Alberta i University of Calgary they found that the growing season of strawberries — the bitter red berries that grizzlies love — shortens due to the heat and dryness caused by climate change. In other words, these bears face more summers like this.
Yes, the bear may have been the first to go for the goat, but can you blame the poor man? Without the berries, he was probably desperately hungry and worried he wouldn’t survive the winter. After all, the bear’s carcass weighed approximately 154 pounds, which is somewhat smaller from the average adult grizzly bear.
Sounds to me like this animal may have been in trouble. As far as we know, maybe he just wanted a little mountain goat bite. Maybe our dear deceased bear intended to mutilate, but not kill. However, there was an act of escalation of ungulates. Gizmod’s scientific team called his death “fun”, but this is deadly serious. This is a bear killing. Clearing the name of this bear and getting under the mountain goat that killed it in the court of public opinion is the least we can do. To end the case.
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