Who would have thought that even at the coldest, loneliest, and scariest hectares of ice, life can still begin to strive? Whatever the size, color, or species, life can bear out and make it a wonderful place. One of the striving animals in the ice-filled places on Earth is the polar bear. This type of bear has white and thick fur that protects it from extreme cold. It has long, sharp claws that help it grab anything such as food. Also, polar bears can withstand the extremely cold water in the Atlantic-being the ice-covered continent. Here, polar bears are fed with fish and meat through the hunting skills it possesses. However, it can also be prone to be preyed on by hungry predators, especially the cubs.
Given this, below are the following predators of a polar bear that you need to know. Let us start!
Other Polar Bears
Polar bears can do consume one another in times of extreme hunger and fight against one another. Adult bears can use their strength, sharp claws, and teeth to defend themselves from another. Mostly, it results to a brutal ending since polar bears are highly-competitive animals. Even if it means risking life, polar bears do not hesitate but to fight back. Besides, bears are classified as apex predators, which means strong and powerful animals.
Other polar bears can attack a cub since it is only beginning to walk and defend. This makes it easier for the adults to have a meal out of a weak and still a mother-dependent cub. In just one claw, a cub can already die and be torn into pieces. The cub can also run and hide but less likely to happen since polar bears have a great sense of smell and intelligence to take whatever they want.
Next in line are wolves, which are considered an apex predator also. Wolves have the strength and agility to take a polar bear down. Aside from that, wolves work with a pack, so one polar bear will just be an easy one. It has a strong bite force that can beat a polar bear into pain or, worse, death. Then, once the polar bear is already dead, the wolves will eat according to their rank in the pack. This is a way of sharing equality to the entire members of the wolf pack.
Another thing, wolves do like to attack cubs more than adults. This is because cubs still don’t have enough force to fight back. Thus, it gives them more chance of winning the battle and getting some meat to eat. It gives them assurance of having a meal to give on the pack.
Another one is the walrus. This flippered marine mammal has the size that can give a fair fight against a polar bear. Well, it is only minimal to witness a fight between a polar bear and walrus, yet when it happens, it is an extreme and brutal one. The polar bears make use of its claws and teeth while the walrus uses its tail and elongated teeth as a weapon. The fight between these two can be triggered only by claiming a territory and food. When one is invaded by another, fight steps up.
Another thing, a walrus does not completely consume polar bear since its main diet is fish. Eating polar bears can only be their option when there is no other else to eat. It more likely kills one, and when it isn’t a good one, the walrus only leaves it behind. So, the polar bear is left on other scavengers such as the wolves, tigers, and other else.
Last but not least, human beings also love to poach and consume the polar bears they capture. Equipped with technological tools and hunting skills, a human can easily set a trap on a wandering polar bear. Mostly, it is the cub being targeted by human beings. But some choose the adult since its skin is being used to create furs and clothing. The teeth are also used especially by the ancient people as an important tool. It can be used as a charm, sign of position, and so other else.