This is the moment a herd of cows turns on a black bear after it attempted to make a meal of a grazing calf.
The bear had spotted the calf separated from the group of cows on a 2,200 acre ranch in British Columbia, Canada.
it got more than it bargained for as the mother of the calf and two
other cows charged the creature in a bloody battle lasting five minutes.
Not in our herd: The black bear is smashed to the floor and trampled by two adult cows after it tried to attack a grazing calf
Crunch: The mother of the calf uses her head to butt the bear to the ground as its attacker claws and bites her head
The enraged bovines took turns
to stomp the bear with their heavy front feet, kick out with their back
feet and crush it to the ground with their heads.
The hungry bear bit one cow on the leg and left another with cuts and grazes on its face.
But it was forced to give up under the assault and limped away with a bloodied face.
Photographer Wayne Ray captured the fight on his ranch near Fort Fraser.
The area has had little rain in the last five months, leaving the bear with a scarcity of food.
Wrong target: The bear had moved towards the calf after it became separated, but the herd reacted and rushed at the creature
Udderly cross: Things aren't going well for the black bear as he is repeatedly kicked and butted to the ground
Mr Ray said: 'This small black bear was wandering around near a small group of cows and their calves in one of our pastures.
cows were keeping an eye on the bear but they did not seem overly
concerned. It was pacing back and forth and wandering in circles like he
was confused or could not make up his mind what to do.
had lots of opportunities to go back into the trees or to go across the
field and away from the cows and avoid a confrontation.
he made the mistake of turning toward the large blonde cow's calf. She
charged at the bear and knocked it flying. Two other cows joined in
'The noise was incredible with the thundering of hooves, the vocalising of the cows and calves and the squealing of the bear.'
Revenge: The dramatic images of the fight were taken by Wayne Ray on his 2,200 acre ranch in British Columbia, Canada
Bear-ly made it: The injured bear limps off after repeatedly going back to try and attack the calf
He added: 'The bear was young
and either incredibly stupid or incredibly hungry, as he was able to get
away from the cows three times and then turned and went back for more.
the bear finally gave up, he was bleeding from his nose and mouth and
had a bit of a limp. He was probably suffering from several broken ribs
and maybe some internal injuries.
thought the bear might not be able to survive the beating he took from
the cows but we have not seen any ravens, bald eagles or other
scavengers in the area.'
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