The Grizzly Bear rightfully receives a tremendous amount of respect. These bears can weigh well over 1,000 pounds. They also have a reputation for being one of the more aggressive species of bears.
Well, let’s not sleep on the mountain goat. While they may be less visibly intimidating than a grizzly, they can certainly hold their own. They can weigh up to 300-pounds and the horns are quite sharp. Plus, a mountain goat is a very determined animal.
According to an article in Outdoor Life, a mountain goat killed a grizzly bear in Yoho National Park in British Columbia. On September 4th, a hiker came across the carcass of an unusually small 155-pound female grizzly. The bear had puncture wounds from what appear to be mountain goat horns.
Grizzly bears do hunt mountain goats and they tend to attack the head and neck region. This target zone just so happens to play right into the defensive strength of the goat. The mountain goat can use those sharp horns to protect themselves. According to experts, it is somewhat rare for a goat to successfully defend itself from a grizzly, but it does happen. The small size of the attacking bear certainly played a role.