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A photographer has captured footage of a once in a lifetime encounter between a bear and a wolf while out taking photos in Yellowstone Park. Watch it below:
Seth Royal Kroft, from Montana, heard that a huge grizzly bear had killed a large bull elk, so he figured there would be other animals hoping to get in on the action.
He set his alarm for 2am and jumped into his car. He arrived at the Yellowstone National Park for 6am and it turns out his early start was worth every minute of lost sleep.
The park, which is mostly in Wyoming, also spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too - to give you an idea of the sprawling size of the area he tracked to find the incredible encounter.
He saw the sun start to rise slowly over the river and when the mist cleared, Seth spotted his chance to take an amazing video and photos.
Speaking to Bored Panda, the photographer said: "It was very exciting. I have encountered black bears while camping a number of times over the years, but they are relatively harmless in most situations.
"I've only come across grizzly bears a few times and only in Yellowstone Park. All that to say I will still generally carry bear spray on my person when hiking in potential bear country."
And although both animals are natural killers, the grizzly wasn't even slightly worried about the wolf.
Seth explained: "As large as it was, the grizzly knew a single wolf wasn't any kind of threat.
"The wolf seemed to have a mischievous, playful demeanour. As if it was a game.
"It would slowly get as close as it could to the elk carcass, achieving a distance of mere inches from it before the bear would stir slightly and sent the wolf quickly retreating."
The photographer said that while he was watching he noticed four times when the wolf tried to take on the bear - but to no avail. It soon retreated back into the woods.
Pretty impressive, eh? Seth knew from a young age that he had a love for wildlife photography. He started out with just a single camera body and a medium-range lens.
He added: "I just took pictures of whatever animal I encountered.
"Looking back, my early wildlife photos were atrocious, but that's how you learn and grow. It was only recently that I actually purchased a 'wildlife' lens."
And if these photos are anything to go by, it really was a worthwhile investment
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