At Banff national park in Canada, there lives a huge 272kg (or 600lbs) grizzly bear called bear No. 122, who is more commonly known by his nickname ‘The Boss’ which he earned through his reputation of toughness and dominance and because of his enormous size.
‘The Boss’ is about 20 years old and is still estimated to travel a territory of a couple of thousand square kilometers.
Grizzly bears live for around 25 years, so ‘The Boss’ would be considered old, however, is definitely still at the top of the food chain.
This massive grizzly eats other bears!
Unlike most grizzlies who mostly eat elk and bison, ‘The Boss’ has been known to kill and eat other smaller bears.
In 2013 bear No. 122 was found eating a black bear (black bears are in most cases smaller than grizzly bears) by a group of hikers.
According to Steve Michel, a human-wildlife conflict specialist with Banff National Park:
“It had been completely consumed…There was nothing remaining other than a skull, a hide, the four paws, and some bones.”
“This is grizzly bear number 122, so he’s a very large grizzly bear. I don’t think there would have been much of a brawl that took place. It would have been fairly quick.”
The Boss survived being hit by a train
'The Boss' and other grizzlies spend a lot of time following the train tracks because it's a more straightforward way to travel, there are fewer obstacles such as trees and the snow/ice melts sooner on them.
There are also other animals struck and killed by the train which may be a convenient source of food for 'The Boss'.
Reportedly 'The Boss' has been hit by at least one train in his life and survived. Despite having been hit by a train he still travels along the railways.
The Boss fathered up to 70% of all the cubs
The Boss is undoubtedly the most dominant grizzly in Banff national park and even out-competes all the other grizzlies when it comes to finding mates, it is believed that The Boss fathered up to 70% of all the cubs born in Banff national park over the past few years.