I just saw a report in the Globe and Mail that there have been an increasing number of grizzly bear sightings in polar bear territory near Churchill Manitoba, leading to speculation that these territorial beasts could engage in combat in the wild. The question is, who do you think would win? Polar bears average about 300 pounds larger than a grizzly, but the smaller beast has sharper longer claws. I should ask the question, has there ever been a documented conflict caught on video between these two species? Personally I think that I have to go with the grizzly. The polar bear may go 60-40 in Vegas, but I suspect that the grizzly may have a tactical advantage in how it would match up in a typical bear on bear skirmish. What do you think?
You will also hear political spin on this Globe story that grizzlies are migrating because the world is warming, and these are the "canaries in the coal mines" that David Suzuki likes to hype. The other theory is that territories are expanding because populations are booming. Either that or the reports of sightings are themselves bogus. I do get hits from northern Manitoba. Are the grizzly bears migrating?