Cows vs. Bear

An Eastern Oregon rancher got an unusual battle on camera

between a bear and some very brave cows. The bear began

to attack a cow and then the entire herd came to its aid.

One cow in particular got especially aggressive and head-butted

the bear right off its feet. Then, two cows sandwiched the bear

between their heads. After that, the bear decided to flee and

limped back into the woods.

Read on…..

A couple of evenings ago, Wayne went out to check the cows

and saw a very strange sight and was able to photograph the event.

A black bear approached our cow herd which turned out to

be a very big mistake on his part.


A blonde and white Simmental cow we know as I-12 went right

for him. She is a very good cow, a very attentive mother and

about 12 years old. She’s in her prime and knows that bears

are bad news.

Little does the bear know what is coming…

She tried her best to mash him into the ground. Man,

that has to have hurt the bear!

Nothing like a mad cow to give you a hard time!!

There are a couple of photos where the bear is biting I-12’s

leg and clawing her face, but she is not giving up. Her stiff

tail shows how agitated she is.

Wayne said all the cows were bawling, the bear Was squealing,

the calves were running around with their tails in the air.

And here comes some help…bear is about to know what real

trouble is!

When you have two women pissed at you…real trouble has arrived!

A younger cow, R-55, an Angus-Cross cow, age 7, is helping

her out as best she can. It is an incredible photo to see two

cows at once trying to crush the bear.

Watch that hoof land home!

I looked up the calving records of both cows who are so aggressive

in these photos and they are both good, calm, cows around us,

and have given us no troubles whatsoever. I’ll have to add in my

notes that they have a very distinct
dislike of bears.

Man, that’s a lot of weight bearing (no pun intended), down on

the bear…like mashing a lump of butter! A wonder the bear

could even move after all the mauling he received.

We’ll be watching I-12 over the next few days to see if she needs

Treatment for infection. I don’t know how willingly she’ll come

to the corrals for treatment, but she might not have a choice.

“And stay away…you won’t be so lucky next time!”

Lucky to be able to move at all…

Finally, the bear decided to vacate the area. We thought he’d be dead

for sure, but there was no sign of him the next day.

We’ll have to keep an eye out for eagles in the trees or flocks of

ravens flying up. We’re sure he’s got some broken ribs out of

the deal at the very least. Wayne couldn’t believe his eyes

when he witnessed this ruckus. This is another once-in-a-lifetime

photography event to add to all the others he managed to

document this summer. It is amazing !!

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6 Responses to Cows vs. Bear

  1. Beverly says:

    That was a young, yearling Black bear and it was not attacking anything. Just trying to cross the field. I am surprised at the happiness expressed in this post at seeing one of Gods most docile creatures attacked so relentlessly. Don’t fall for all the bear hype that tries to paint bears as agressive. They are truly lovely animals. You can learn about the true nature of bears at

    • wayne says:

      all i know is the rancher said it was attacking the cows.. Not sure how you came to the conclusion it was just crossing the field. I love all of Gods creatures.. I’m happy the Bear was able to get away.

  2. Cindy says:

    Bears get hungry too – and much to everyone’s surprise, they love meat. So, you truly can’t discount this bear looking to take down a young, inexperienced calf. I’ve seen them criss cross a field (not just cross it) in search of fawns that have been left by their mothers to hide for the day in tall grass. Fawns have no odor when first born, which is truly a great defense, except for a bear who is unyielding in his attempts to find them, knowing they are likely to be there. Nothing more heart-wrenching than to hear a fawn blatting to it’s mother who is helpless in it’s defense. I’m glad the cows came to the defense of their offspring and each other. It is the way God intended…

  3. Susan Eyer-Anderson, D.V.M. says:

    It’s an interesting display of maternal instinct kicking in. An unusual situation…not something you see every day. Do bears attack calves? Anyway..I am glad the bear was able to get away, but I am also glad to see the ability of the cows to defend the herd. Amazing. I love all of Gods creatures too, being a veterinarian 🙂 Wayne, that was a gracious reply you gave to Beverly, who was just looking at it from the bear’s point of view.

  4. Kent says:

    Take Beverly to sorhteast Alaska and see how loving the bears are there. .
    They love meat !!

  5. Kent says:

    I love moose too!
    Right next to my mashed potatoes. mmm mmm Good!

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