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- Bears and Tigers are two of the most fearsome predators in the natural world.
- Both are known for their deadly sharp claws and devastatingly strong bite forces.
- Bears and Tigers do not often have to face off in the wild, but in the rare instances when they do it makes for an incredible battle.
A bear is wandering through the woods when, suddenly, a tiger leaps out from behind a nearby bush. The two animals square off with each other, neither side backing down or giving an inch of ground. The tiger came here for one reason, to hunt the bear and turn it into dinner. However, now that the tiger has shown its hand, the bear doesn’t intend just to roll over and die. Both of these apex predators will battle to their last breath. Now that it’s come to this, in a fight between a bear vs tiger, which of them would win?
Our first order of business is to decide which bear and tiger species will compete in this battle. After that, we’ll need to consider several factors and set some ground rules for the encounter. Next, we’ll compare seven critical attributes of each animal that will play a factor in the encounter. Based on this information, we’ll determine the winner between a bear vs tiger after playing out scenarios that could swing the fight in either animal’s favor.
Comparing Bear vs Tiger
Bears come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny sun bears of Southeast Asia to the giant polar bears of the Arctic. As this is a hypothetical battle featuring the strongest members of each species, we can disregard factors such as geographical range. With this limitation removed, the polar bear will represent the eight extant species of ursids in this battle. It’s the largest bear species and the most predatory, making it a natural choice for this thought experiment.
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Meanwhile, we must also select a tiger from the five remaining extant species. Of these species, the Siberian tiger is the obvious best candidate to represent its fellow felines. Also known as the Amur tiger, the Siberian tiger is the largest tiger species in the world. It’s the most capable of going toe-to-toe with a bear and one of the greatest stealth hunters on the planet. With our combatants chosen, it’s time to see how they measure against each other. We’ll compare seven critical offensive and defensive attributes that together will help us determine the outcome of the bear vs tiger fight.
|Polar Bears||Siberian Tigers|
|Size||7 feet, 10 inches to 9 feet, 10 inches long|
770 to 1,500 pounds
|5 feet, 3 inches to 6 feet, 6 inches long|
397 to 675 pounds
|Speed||25 mph||40 mph|
|Bite Force||1,200 psi||1,050 psi|
Up to 1.96 inches long
Canines between 2.5 to 3 inches long
|Claws||Claws 3.5 to 3.75 inches long||Up to 4 inches long|
|Stamina||Frequently swim up to 30 miles at a time|
Can run up to 1.25 miles without stopping
|Can run at top speed for only 300 feet|
|Predatory Instincts||Ambush animals below the ice|
Walk down less mobile prey on land
|Stalk and ambush prey from their blind spot|
Kill with a powerful bite to the neck or throat
The 7 Key Factors in a Fight Between Polar Bears and Siberian Tigers
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Size
Based on their size, polar bears outclass Siberian tigers in terms of length and mass. Male polar bears generally average between 7 feet, 10 inches, and 9 feet, 10 inches long, and weigh from 770 to 1,500 pounds. However, especially large polar bears can reach up to 11 feet tall and weigh over 2,000 pounds. Meanwhile, most male Siberian tigers measure between 5 feet, 3 inches, and 6 feet, 6 inches long (without the tail), and weigh from 397 to 650 pounds. While large specimens can reach up to 10 feet long and weigh nearly 900 pounds, that means that even the largest Siberian tigers would be barely larger than the smallest polar bears. Given this information, the polar bear possesses an advantage when it comes to strength and size. Advantage: Polar Bear
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Speed
Although the polar bear may beat out the Siberian tiger in the realm of brute force, it can’t match a tiger’s pure speed or agility (at least on land). At top speed, polar bears can run nearly 25 miles per hour. However, its top speed pales compared to the Siberian tiger, which can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour. That said, if this battle took place at sea, the polar bear would easily trounce the tiger with its top swim speed of over 6 miles per hour. Unfortunately for the polar bear, this battle will be fought on land, which means the tiger gains a distinct advantage with its lighter frame and quicker reflexes. Advantage: Siberian Tiger
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Bite Force
Polar bears and Siberian tigers both possess potent bites that can do severe damage to flesh and bones. With its massive skull, the polar bear can deliver over 1,200 psi per bite, which is strong enough to crack a whale’s skull. Right behind the polar bear in terms of strength is the Siberian Tiger. It delivers a maximum bite force of around 1,050 psi. Although tigers’ bite force is the greatest of any feline, the polar bear just barely retains the edge in this category. Advantage: Polar Bear
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Teeth
As carnivores, both polar bears and Siberian tigers possess razor-sharp teeth designed to rip and tear flesh. However, the number of teeth that each animal sports and the lengths of those teeth vary. Like most canines, the mouth of a polar bear contains 42 teeth. These teeth range in size and can measure up to 1.96 inches long. They are designed to bite through the thick blubber and fat on whales and seals. While the Siberian tiger’s mouth only contains 30 teeth, its fangs dwarf the polar bear’s. Its canines can measure between 2.5 to 3 inches long, making them perfect for puncturing thick flesh. In short, a polar bear’s bite inflicts more points of impact, but the bite delivered by a Siberian tiger cuts deeper. Given that the tiger can inflict a deeper and more threatening wound, it gains a slight advantage. Advantage: Siberian Tiger
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Claws
Most bear species wield large but relatively blunt claws. Unlike other ursids, the claws of a polar bear are incredibly sharp. They can measure 3.5 to 3.75 inches long. In addition to helping them catch and hold onto prey, their claws provide traction, which helps them maintain their balance when running on icy terrain. However, the claws of a Siberian tiger belong in another class of sharpness. Their retractable claws can grow up to 4 inches long and are ridiculously sharp. They possess a wicked curve that allows the tiger to latch onto its prey and prevent any possibility or escape. Considering their size, sharpness, and shape, the claws of an Amur Tiger pose more of a threat. Advantage: Amur Tiger
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Stamina
It would be fair to liken polar bears to the super athletes of the Ursidae family. They can swim for 30 miles in a single stretch, and some reports estimate they can swim up to 200 miles without resting. Additionally, younger, leaner polar bears can run at top speed for 1.25 miles, which only serves to solidify their incredible stamina further. On the other hand, Siberian tigers can only run at their maximum speed for around 300 feet. They are designed to execute short, explosive movements rather than conserve their energy for protracted conflicts. As a result, in a battle of attrition, the polar bear claims a decisive advantage. Advantage: Polar Bear
Polar Bear vs Siberian Tiger: Predatory Instincts
Both polar bears and Siberian tigers prefer to ambush their prey rather than attack head-on. Polar bears tend to wait upon an ice floe until an unsuspecting seal swims by, while Siberian tigers prefer to stalk their prey and attack from behind. In a land battle, the Siberian tiger possesses a distinct advantage. However, in an open field, removed of obstacles and any elements of surprise, the Siberian tiger’s advantages disappear. Polar bears frequently walk down large prey, including walruses, so they know how to attack foes in a straight-ahead battle. This is not the Siberian tiger’s forte, and as a result, the polar bear’s predatory instincts give it the advantage in a fight where surprise is not a factor. Advantage: Polar Bear
Final Tally: Polar Bear (4), Siberian Tiger (3)
Who Would Win in a Fight Between a Polar Bear and Siberian Tiger?
If a Siberian tiger could catch a young female polar bear unawares, it could likely carry the fight. Their sharp claws, long teeth, and quick reflexes make them excellent ambush hunters. If a tiger could get its teeth around a bear’s jugular or on its spinal cord, it could quickly make short work of a smaller polar bear. However, the polar bear would likely win the battle in a head-to-head fight featuring two fully grown males. Their larger mass, stronger bite force, and greater stamina would allow them to outlast the smaller, weaker tiger. Eventually, the tiger would wear down, allowing the polar bear to put its considerable size to work. All it would take is one or two lucky swipes with its massive paws to put the tiger on its back and then a few bites to finish it off.
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Bears and Tigers
Do tigers eat bears?
Tigers will eat any large prey they can catch and kill, including bears. Most often, the bears eaten by large tigers are young, female Himalayan bears. Even so, a young bear can put up a fight, so the tiger must take extra precautions when it decides to go after a bear.
Do bears eat tigers?
Studies suggest that bears will occasionally follow tigers in the hopes of stealing their kills and securing an easy meal. Such reckless behavior can cause the two species to clash. In some instances, the fight ends in the bear’s favor, in which case they will eat the tiger, although they don’t typically stalk tigers as prey.
How Long Do Bears Live?
Most species of bear live about one to two decades in the wild. Bear cubs mature to their full adult size somewhere around eight years old. Mother bears will accompany their cubs for their first 16-18 months of life.
The oldest bear who ever lived was a Polar bear named Debby who lived to be the ripe old age of 42. She spent most of her life at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg. She was born in 1966 in the Soviet Union where she was orphaned as a cub. From the age of 1 until her death in 2008 Debby lived comfortably in her Canadian zoo.
How Long Do Tigers Live?
Tigers usually live about 8-10 years in the wild once they reach adulthood. Sadly, approximately half of all tiger cubs do not live past the age of two. This is especially concerning to conservationists considering how endangered many species of tiger are.
The oldest known wild tiger was a Bengal tigress by the name of Machali. She exceeded her life expectancy significantly, living to be 20 years old, and making great contributions to the repopulation of tigers in her native region in Sawai Madhopur, India. Malachi was a local hero and legend, performing incredible feats such as the defeat of a 12-foot-long crocodile in battle.
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Description: There are few animals that can kill a tiger. Such as elephants, water buffalo, brown bears, gaurs, polar bears, hippopotamuses, and lions.Do bears eat tigers? ›
There were numerous reports of tigers preying on both brown bears and Asiatic black bears, but the relationship, it seems, was not that simple; there were also reports of bears killing tigers.What animal would beat a bear? ›
What are the animal predators to grizzly bears, if any? The only real predator to a grizzly is another grizzly. Although grizzly Cubs do get killed by Male Grizzlies so they can mate again, small cubs have been killed by cougars, eagles, and wolves.Would a bear beat a lion? ›
A bear would win a fight against a lion. Bears have the advantage in just about every aspect, from size to offensive capabilities. The only time that a lion would win is if it managed to sneak up and ambush a bear, leaping onto it and biting into its head with such power that it shattered the skill.Who will win tiger or bear? ›
Tigers will eat any large prey they can catch and kill, including bears. Most often, the bears eaten by large tigers are young, female Himalayan bears. Even so, a young bear can put up a fight, so the tiger must take extra precautions when it decides to go after a bear.Can a tiger win against a bear? ›
In the battle of the grizzly bear vs tiger, a Siberian tiger would win a fight against a grizzly bear. The Siberian tiger is an ambush predator, and it's the only big cat that comes close to the grizzly bear in terms of size and power.Who wins tiger or gorilla? ›
A tiger would kill a gorilla in a fight. If a tiger managed to ambush a gorilla, the tiger would immediately kill it. Although the gorilla is strong, the fact is that it could not stop 600 pounds of charging muscle and teeth.Who would win bear or gorilla? ›
Being close to the bear means being close to the mouth full of gnashing teeth and at least five claws ready to tear the gorilla apart with one swipe. With the bear's massive body, superior muscle, surprising speed and evolutionary armory, there really isn't any way a gorilla wins the fight.Do tigers have any enemies? ›
Predators. Asiatic wild dogs called dholes may prey upon tigers but these rare attacks are usually countered with drastic losses to the dholes' pack. Humans are the greatest threat to all tiger populations.What animals are bears afraid of? ›
“Bears are naturally afraid of canids,” Hunt says. “Why? Because packs of coyotes can steal cubs.” The most common breed of bear dog is the Karelian bear dog, a black-and-white working dog that hails from the region between Finland and Russia called Karelia.
If animals or humans try to harm grizzlies or their cubs, the bears can become violent quickly and will attack. About half of grizzly cubs do not live to reach adulthood because of diseases and grizzly predators that include mountain lions, wolves, and adult male grizzlies. Humans are the greatest threat to grizzlies.Will a Taser stop a bear? ›
Neither wasp spray nor Tasers are considered proven bear deterrents. (A Taser is an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles.Who would win hippo or bear? ›
A hippo would win a fight against a polar bear.
Instead, the hippo needs one or two bites to incapacitate the polar bear. Its massive teeth would penetrate the bear's fur and skin, breaking bones and ripping into organs. In this rare case, speed on land would only matter at the beginning of the fight.
A grizzly bear would win a fight against a lion, probably with a grizzly bear breaking the lion's back or biting through its skull. The lion indeed has an advantage in terms of their skill in hunting, especially if they are attacking in a pack.Can a bear beat an elephant? ›
An elephant would beat a bear in a fight. Even though we have granted this hypothetical bear the best features of all the various species, the fact remains that they cannot do enough damage to kill an adult elephant.Who is stronger wolf or tiger? ›
A tiger would easily win a fight against a wolf. The tiger weighs almost three times as much as a wolf, tipping the scale at 600 pounds. The tiger can run up to 40mph, too, more than enough speed to match or exceed a wolf. Wolves tend to hunt in packs, and they rarely come up against anything as deadly as a tiger.Who would win a Kodiak bear or a Siberian tiger? ›
A Kodiak bear would win a fight against a Siberian tiger.
The Kodiak bear can be twice as heavy, longer in body, and much taller than the Siberian tiger. This mammal has a huge body, thick fur, and all sorts of protection in its body to make the fight last a long time.
The tiger is undoubtedly a fierce beast, and it might stand the best chance out of all other land-dwelling animals of successfully hunting an adult elephant. Yet, the elephant's size and power are simply indomitable. In most cases, in a tiger vs elephant fight, the jumbo would win.Are tigers stronger than lions? ›
In terms of bone strength, lions are stronger. Tigers are ~60-70% muscle but have lower bone density than lions. In terms of muscular strength, tigers are stronger. Lions live in Africa and India.Has a lion ever fought a tiger? ›
At the South Perth Zoo in 1949, in a three-minute fight between a lion and a tiger, the lion killed the tiger. The fight occurred when the tiger put his head through a connecting slide. The lion caught the tiger by the throat, and, dragging it through the opening, killed it before the keepers arrived.
A tiger would win a fight against an alligator.
The tiger is too fast and good at ambushing for the alligator to fight back on land. Even if the ambush failed, it could still kill the alligator with superior agility and raw power.
They are both highly aggressive creatures, so a prolonged fight could be brutal. Even then, the lion would probably come out on top, making up for its relative lack of stamina with sheer power. A lion has a good chance of killing a gorilla in a one-on-one fight. The only thing is that a lion rarely fights alone.Who is stronger rhino or tiger? ›
Solely talking about brute force, the Rhino is much stronger than the Tiger, owing to its 3-tonne body, against the latter's merely 200-300 kg. Rhinos can strike with an overwhelming force of 8000 psi, enough to brush away an adult tiger.What animal can beat a gorilla? ›
The only predator to prey on gorillas is the leopard. Walter Baumgärtel found the remains of several gorillas after they had been killed by leopards in the Virunga Volcanoes. Another case has been confirmed in Gabon, where a sick young gorilla was killed by a leopard.Who is stronger polar bear or grizzly? ›
However, grizzly bears are tougher than polar bears as they possess stronger and longer claws and an elongated skull with sharp and long canines that can completely separate the flesh from bone.Who would win a fight between a polar bear and a grizzly bear? ›
Many wonders who will win a fight between polar bears and grizzly bears as both are giant carnivores. In addition, polar bears are a bit larger and possess more powerful paws and sharp teeth. All these features indicate that they would win a fight.What Tiger is afraid of? ›
Tigers are naturally, instinctively, terrified of fire and resist jumping through flaming rings. In order for a trainer to get a tiger through a flaming hoop, that animal must be more afraid of physical punishment by the trainer than the fire itself.What is the most scared tiger? ›
Tigers are naturally afraid of fire …
… but they're still forced to jump through rings of fire in circus shows! This means that they're more afraid of being punished by their trainers than they are of the flames.
Because of their size and strength, adult tigers don't have many predators. Humans are predators of this animal. Elephants and bears can also pose a threat to them. Tiger cubs have a lot more predators than adults – including hyenas, crocodiles, and snakes.What is a bears biggest enemy? ›
Would it surprise you to know that an adult bear has almost no predators? Bears are large and can be quite intimidating so they don't have many enemies. Their biggest enemies are humans and each other. It's the cubs and the smaller females that have to watch out.
The Great Pyrenees of France and Spain, the Akbash of Turkey, and the Konmondor of Spain have been used to reduce bear depredations on livestock and apiaries (Green and Woodruff 1989). Currently, the most active work being done using dogs to deter bears is by Carrie Hunt with Karelian Bear Dogs (KBD).What is the strongest animal in the world? ›
In brute strength, elephants are the strongest mammals and the strongest land animals.
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Big beach balls tossed at bears often scares them off, as do opening and closing an umbrella, shaking a big tarp or garbage bag, or banging pots and pans. If a bear climbs up a tree to escape, yell at it and beat the base of the tree with a baseball bat or heavy stick.Why is bear meat poisonous? ›
As omnivores, bears often carry the larvae of a nasty parasite, Trichina spiralis. Eating undercooked bear meat can cause trichinosis, which can cause severe sickness or even death in humans. That's why bear is most often cooked in stews, chilis, braises, or in well-cooked sausage.Can bullets pierce a bear? ›
For a bear cartridge anything equal to or more powerful than a . 41 Magnum or . 44 Magnum will be fine. Oldtime black bear hunters say that any load that throws at least a 200-grain or bigger solid bullet at 1000 fps or more will take any bear in the woods.Can a bear take a bullet to the head? ›
The weakest part of a bear's skull is behind the face, in a small triangular shaped area roughly bounded by the eyes and the tip of the nose. A bullet striking this area has the greatest chance of penetrating the skull, hitting the brain and stopping the attack immediately.What happens if you pepper spray a bear? ›
The research confirms that it's highly effective. A 20-year study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, of bear-spray incidents in Alaska found that these sprays stopped a bear's “undesirable behavior” more than 90% of the time. The few times someone using spray sustained an injury, that injury was minor.Who would win bear or rhino? ›
A rhino would win a fight against a grizzly bear.
They're also far more aggressive than the average solitary rhino. In a fight to the death, though, the rhino would clearly recognize that the grizzly is a threat that needs to be frightened off or eliminated. This animal would fight back with everything it has.
Bears have better senses than crocodiles, and they are stronger overall than crocodiles. Also, bears are faster on land than crocodiles. Both creatures rely on their bites to finish off enemies.
Adult polar bears have no natural predators, though walruses and wolves can kill them.What animals eat bears? ›
Predators. Black bears may become prey to mountain lions (Puma concolor), wolves (Canis lupus), coyotes (Canis latrans), bobcats (Lynx rufus), grizzly bears, humans, or other black bears. Cubs are especially vulnerable to predation by these other animals.Can wolves take down a grizzly? ›
Instances of wolves killing bears and bears killing wolves have been reported, but such events are rare and considered the exception. According to Mech (1981), wolves sometimes kill bears, but likely only young, old, or otherwise weakened bears.Can you fight off a grizzly bear? ›
Unless the bear is acting predatory, do not fight it. This can cause the bear to act more aggressively toward you and trigger an attack. If you surprise a bear, slowly and calmly back away while avoiding direct eye contact—the bear may see this as an aggressive or challenging behavior.Can a bear beat a shark? ›
A shark would win a fight against a bear. Although a polar bear might be the best match out of any bear for a shark, it would still lose. It doesn't have the toolkit needed to slay a creature so much larger, faster, and deadlier than it.Would a bear beat a horse? ›
While bears will attack and kill horses, they aren't naturally known enemies. Bears are capable of running at speeds comparable to horses (35 mph), in all directions. This article covers a video that shows a horse standing up to a grizzly bear.What animal kills elephants? ›
Predators. Carnivores (meat eaters) such as lions, hyenas, and crocodiles may prey upon young, sick, orphaned, or injured elephants. Humans are the greatest threat to all elephant populations.Which animal is tiger afraid of? ›
Elephants, especially bears, are among the large animals that tigers are terrified of. To escape from them, tigers frequently climb trees. A crocodile's razor-sharp jaw might even kill a tiger.What is a tiger biggest enemy? ›
Predators. Asiatic wild dogs called dholes may prey upon tigers but these rare attacks are usually countered with drastic losses to the dholes' pack. Humans are the greatest threat to all tiger populations.Which animal can defeat lion and tiger? ›
Elephants and rhinos are the animals most likely to kill lions. The humble porcupine is a threat to mighty lions. A crocodile is an animal that will attempt to prey on lions.
Although the gorilla is strong, the fact is that it could not stop 600 pounds of charging muscle and teeth. Gorillas lack the sensory capabilities to notice a stalking tiger before it launches its fatal attack. If the two creatures met on an open field, the tiger would still have the advantage in the fight.What is tiger weakness? ›
1 Answer. The Biggest weakness of a Tiger or Tigress is to go for a Bait animal like a Goat, Sheep or Cattle as they will look to Hunt the easiest form of prey without much of a fuss, chase or struggle, and Domesticated animals tempt them to come near Human settlements and take away Poultry and livestock.What eats a tiger? ›
Because of their size and strength, adult tigers don't have many predators. Humans are predators of this animal. Elephants and bears can also pose a threat to them. Tiger cubs have a lot more predators than adults – including hyenas, crocodiles, and snakes.What makes tiger afraid to? ›
Tigers are naturally, instinctively, terrified of fire and resist jumping through flaming rings. In order for a trainer to get a tiger through a flaming hoop, that animal must be more afraid of physical punishment by the trainer than the fire itself.Who is the Tiger King's enemy? ›
Joe Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for plotting the murder of Carole Baskin, his Tiger King nemesis.What are lions biggest enemy? ›
Lions have few predators to fear other than humans. A very young or sickly lion might fall prey to hyenas. Cubs may be attacked and eaten by adult male lions. Lions are most threatened by humans who hunt them and encroach on their habitat.Which animal Cannot be defeated? ›
Why tardigrades are so damn tough. It's important to note: Tardigrades are basically indestructible only when they enter a special state called cryptobiosis. In harsh environments, the animals tuck in their legs and expel all moisture from their bodies.Which animal is not afraid of lion? ›
Honey badgers are small, but aren't afraid to take on larger animals. Honey badgers are often called the fiercest animal on the planet. They also hunt poisonous snakes with ease.Who is the strongest animal in the world? ›
In brute strength, elephants are the strongest mammals and the strongest land animals.
However, a lion coalition of 2–3 males would have a clear advantage over a lone tiger. A group of 2–4 female lions would have a similar advantage over a lone tigress. They conclude that while one on one, a tiger would certainly best a lion, in the wild the lion pride could hold their own against the solitary tiger.
A tiger would win a fight against an alligator.
Even if the ambush failed, it could still kill the alligator with superior agility and raw power. A single smack from their paw could knock out or kill the alligator, as such an attack has killed bovines.