Two fishermen filmed a “massive ass” black bear devouring a white-tailed deer on the fringe of a lake as they had been late-night fishing.
Dustin Tolley and Adam Buckles had been fishing after sunset on the Watauga Lake in Tennessee, close to to the North Carolina border, after they heard an odd noise coming from the riverbank.
“Bro, that is a big-ass bear…this massive bear simply took a deer out at Watauga,” the individual filming will be heard saying within the footage, which was posted to Fb.
“[We] heard the craziest sound coming…proper in the direction of the boat,” mentioned Tolley in a social media put up.
After utilizing a lightweight to see what was occurring, he mentioned, “thought this factor was going to finish up within the boat with us the way in which it got here off the [mountain] in entrance of us.”
Commenters underneath the video expressed their shock at what that they had seen, as black bears normally solely feed on berries and different crops, and barely hunt for prey as giant as deer.
Whereas black bears do are likely to eat berries, fruit, honey and sedges more often than not, they’re omnivorous, that means that they may eat meat if they’ll. They’ve been seen to prey on youthful, extra susceptible animals within the spring, like deer or elk, and in addition scavenge the kills of different predators, equivalent to wolves, grizzlies, mountain lions and even human hunters.
Nonetheless, they’re able to killing totally grown prey just like the deer within the video now and again, and have even been noticed taking down an grownup moose, normally by way of an ambush assault.
“The deer was very a lot alive and struggled for its life for a number of minutes earlier than succumbing, this video begins simply because the deer was taking its ultimate breaths, may have been injured or sick however was most undoubtedly not lifeless,” mentioned Buckles in a remark.
The Tennessee Wildlife Assets Company (TWRA) shared the video, and added, “85 p.c of a black bear’s food plan is made up of vegetation, however you would not understand it after watching this video!”
Attacking and killing such giant prey may be very power intensive, which implies that black bears hardly ever do it until there is no such thing as a simpler choice. Bears in colder climes like Labrador in Canada are extra carnivorous, dwelling largely off caribou due to the dearth of edible vegetation within the sub-Arctic.
The truth that the bears desire to eat meals that’s simple to entry implies that human settlements are an enormous draw.
Bears have a wonderful sense of scent, and may sniff out empty meals containers, sweet wrappers, quick meals luggage and even air fresheners in unsecured vehicles, homes or trashcans. That is an particularly massive drawback throughout Could and June, when their pure food plan of berries isn’t but obtainable.
Bears that turn into habituated to human presence or consuming human meals could ultimately turn into much less afraid of approaching individuals and human settlements, like campsites and even cities.
These bears are thought to have shorter lifespans than bears who keep away from human areas, due to risks together with poaching and being hit by vehicles.
“We wish to take this chance to remind individuals to not feed or method bears,” mentioned the TWRA within the put up. “We all know they seem cute and cuddly and you might wish to take footage with them however bear in mind, they’re predators and will assault when provoked or hungry. Please don’t feed or method bears.”