What Eats Bears: [Predators]

Most people out there probably fear the bear. And, this is with good reason. They are immense creatures with a propensity for violence. Given the right situation and bear simply won’t hesitate to attack you, your kids, or your pets. When most people think of the food chain, they would place the bear right at the top.

And, this would be a fairly accurate assessment. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are some animals out there that aren’t afraid of the bear. In fact, some animals are so brazen and confident in their skills that they’ll hunt the bear as prey.

The list of animals that hunt, kill, and eat bears is fairly short. In fact, you’ll find that it is only apex predators and carnivores that are brazen enough to attack a bear. The long answer to this question is that it can really depend on the type of bear, where it resides, and the size of the bear.

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Do Tigers Eat Bears

What Eats Bears

As far as natural predators goes, it is the human and the tiger that the bear has to fear. That being said, some individuals would probably throw wolverines and mountains lions in here as well, but it really depends on the right circumstances.

Mountain lions and wolverines would likely only attack and eat bears in certain situations.

Speaking of certain situations, it is the element of surprise along with superior ambushing skills that give the tiger the upper hand against the bear. Given their specific skill set, the tiger really has the ability to overpower any animal, although they rarely attack bears.

The reason they are hesitant a lot of times is because without surprise on their side they are just too evenly matched. Their skills and strength are right there on an even plain. The tiger just doesn’t see it as being worth the risk.

However, this is not always the case in Asia. In Asia, tigers grow to be much, so they will sometimes attack and eat small to medium-sized bears.Opens in a new tab.

Do Wolves Eat Bears

People have long debated whether or not wolves actually prey on bears. There are tons of trappers, hunters, and guides that claimed to have found bear hair amongst wolf droppings. There is also plenty of known cases where bears have fled in the other direction when wolves were present.

There are also documented cases of wolves attacking bears in their dens. And, this probably has everything to do with numbers. Numbers always play a key role in the wild, and wolves are rarely known to go anywhere alone.

When hunting, they usually hunt in packs so if they came across a single bear in a den, they probably wouldn’t hesitate to pounce.

They’ll also use their numbers to harass and wear down the bear until it is tired enough where it won’t be able to put up much of a fight. A wolf would have to be pretty hungry to risk going after a bear, so this is something that you’d see more commonly in the winter when food is likely scarce.

Bears And Other Bears – Bears Eat Bears

You might be surprised to learn that it is even fairly commonly for bears to eat other bears. However, this is usually only just the case with male bears and cubs. Male bears will sometimes eat cubs. However, they won’t eat their own cub. The cub will have to be one that belongs to an entirely different family.

It is obvious that the polar bear would have the strength and size advantage over a black or brown bear, so if the two ran into a territorial dispute, you could rest assured that the polar bear would attack.

The same would more than likely go for the grizzly bear and the black bear. Just keep in mind that these situations and scenarios are extremely rare, but not completely unheard of.

The Different Types Of Bears

What Eats Bears

If you take you time and put in your research, you’ll discover that there are predominantly three types of bears in the world. However, this number can be further broken up into varieties.

There are eight different varieties of bears. This probably seems a bit confusing and that is more than understandable.

The first thing that you really need to know are the three dominant types. These would be the North American black bears, the white polar bears, and the brown grizzly bears.

As far as strength and size go, you won’t find another type of bear that can compete with that of the polar bear. It is the black bear that would be rated at the bottom of this list.

That aside, the vulnerability of these creatures really comes down to several pertinent factors. These would obviously be strength, size, and their aggressiveness.

Oh, and you cannot forget about location. Location can play a major role because some bears will share an ecosystem with certain predators, whereas other types of bears might not.

Bear Size And Weights

Here is a quick breakdown of the size and weight of the eight varieties.

  • Brown Bear – 7 to 8 feet in size when standing – 1300 pounds
  • Polar Bear – 10 feet or taller when standing – 882 pounds
  • North American Black Bear – 5 to 7 feet when standing – 600 pounds
  • Andean Bear – 6 feet when standing – 340 pounds
  • Asian Black Bear – 6 feet when standing – 308 pounds
  • Sloth Bear – 6 feet when standing – 308 pounds
  • Panda Bear – 5 feet when standing – 220 pounds
  • Sun Bear – 5 feet when standing – 110 pounds

Just keep in mind that these are basic estimates of the male species of each type of bear. The females will be slightly larger or smaller.


The bear is a terrifying creature given its size, speed, and strength. Regardless of the species, most people aren’t going to think twice about avoid a bear. That being said, you can clearly see that there are some creatures brazen and skillful enough to take down a bear and eat it.

Humans are even known for hunting and eating bear under the right circumstances. Of course, they need the help of various tools and weapons to do so, but none the less, they will attack, kill, and eat bears.

Brian Koller

Growing up on a farm in eastern PA, I’ve grown fond of wildlife and the woods and learning about the critters and firewood and everything else in-between. I made this site to share my experiences and knowledge.

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