Interspecies Conflict/Thanks again BK!

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Hey, you did a great job again as always!

1: Game-bred pit bull vs. jaguar at parity
2: 30kg game-bred APBT vs. 50kg prime wolf
3: 15kg honey badger vs. 15 kg bobcat
4: Wolverine vs. grizzly at parity
5: 12 25kg wolverines vs. 300kg grizzly
6: 25kg wolverine vs. 30kg striped hyena

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Martin

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Hello again Martin.  Thanks for the kind words.


Game-bred pitbull vs Jaguar (at parity): These are 2 of the most formidable animals pound-for-pound.  Game-bred pitbulls are powerful, relentless combatants that ignore pain & injury throughout the course of a battle.  These canids will rush in immediately, and will seek to lock their jaws onto the face or head area of an opponent.  Pitbulls will typically employ a "bite & shake" method of attack once they engage (to induce injury & blood loss), and very few animals within its weight range will have an answer for this assault.  Jaguars are stocky, muscular cats (considered by many to be the strongest cat pound-for-pound) with quick reflexes & great weaponry (jaws & paws).  These cats don't kill with a throat bite (like other cats do), but use a crushing bite to the skull or a spinal cord-severing bite to the back of the neck.  The jaws of the jaguar can generate enough force to crush turtle shells.  The pitbull will charge toward the jaguar to clamp onto it with its jaws, but the paw usage of the felid will enable it to have some control over where the canid latches on.  Jaguars are perfectly suited to deal with low-to-the-ground animals, and will probably be able to wrestle the pitbull into a vulnerable position upon engagement.  Once the jaguar targets the skull/nape of the pitbull, it can deliver a finishing bite while holding the dog in place with sharp claws.  Even if the pitbull finds a good place to latch on with its large bite, the jaguar's claws (front & back) can be used to cause serious injuries to the canid.  A well-placed bite by the pitbull can make it difficult for the jaguar to counter-attack, but the quickness & agility of the big cat will allow it to get into a favorable position upon contact more times than not.  Because the pitbull's endurance will be much better, the jaguar will need to finish quickly (and has the tools to do so).  Very close fight, edge to the jaguar.  

Game-bred APBT (30kg) vs Prime wolf (50kg): Game-bred pitbulls are custom-made for combat with another canid, and have the power, strong jaws, durability & mentality to be great at it. Grey wolves are typically physically superior than domestic dogs (wild instincts, stronger jaws, more powerful builds, etc.), but aren't as accustomed to one-on-one fighting as a pitbull that's trained to do just that (wolves usually deal with other animals in a pack).  Most domestic dogs (even trained ones) won't stand a chance against a grey wolf without a weight advantage, but the APBT is an exception.  The APBT will rush in immediately to attack the wolf, and the wolf will attempt to counter with its huge bite.  The intensity & duration of the APBT's attack will have a decent chance of wearing the wolf down before the wolf's bite does enough damage to subdue the pitbull, but these 2 are at the perfect weights to make this contest extremely close.  50/50.

Honey badger (15kg) vs Bobcat (15kg): Honey badgers (ratels) have a reputation of being fearless & aggressive, and they live up to this on most occasions.  Honey badgers have thick, loose skin that provides great protection against attack (including teeth, claws, & bee stings).  These hardy animals have strong jaws & powerful limbs (well-suited for fast digging) armed with sharp claws, and have the flexibility to attack & counter-attack from various positions.  Bobcats are quick & agile, and have a similar reputation for being aggressive in conflicts.  Their sharp claws can be used to great effect against many opponents (and can be employed rapidly), and these cats have the ability & know-how to finish adversaries with a throat-bite.  Bobcats aren't on the same level (pound-for-pound) as pumas, leopards, snow leopards, & other similar felids, but they are capable combatants in their own right.  A honey badger's thick skin will help repel the claws & teeth of the bobcat (and make a throat bite difficult), and the bobcat won't endure the mustelid's attack very long under these circumstances.  The stocky, powerful build & thick hide of the honey badger will keep the bobcat from succeeding on most occasions.  This bobcat will need to weigh at least 20kg to hang with the ratel.  Honey badger wins.  

Wolverine vs Grizzly (at parity): Wolverines are bear-like in appearance, and have many of the same attributes (great strength, aggressiveness, strong jaws & limbs, endurance).  An equal-weight contest would probably be quite close.  These 2 animals are right at the top in regards to pound-for-pound formidability (along with big cats & game-bred pitbulls), and are practiced at dealing with a variety of dangerous adversaries in their respective habitats.  A grizzly bear will be a little bit taller at the shoulder than the wolverine (at equal weights).  The fighting styles of these 2 animals will be slightly different.  Wolverines will claw & grab with their forelimbs, land bites wherever they can reach (sometimes keeping the jaws locked on), and occasionally roll onto their backs to attack from beneath.  Grizzly bears will utilize paw swipes (powered by a muscular shoulder hump), wrestle while standing on their hind legs, & delivering bites whenever possible.  A grizzly bear will certainly get the better of a striking war with a wolverine, but the powerful mustelid will have a good chance of keeping its distance with greater agility until it's ready to engage.  The propensity for the wolverine to roll onto its back might be to its detriment, as grizzly bears can do a lot of damage from the top position (with claws & teeth).  The more maneuverable wolverine will have a decent chance to inflict as much damage as it receives itself, but it won't be easy.  Probably a 50/50.

12 Wolverines (25kg each) vs Grizzly (300kg): Each wolverine's shoulder height will be approximately 40% of the bear's shoulder height.  Wolverines aren't pack animals, and this fact will hinder their efforts to overcome the huge bruin.  Wolverines aren't leapers like big cats are, and don't have the finishing know-how (positioning + throat bite) like these felids do.  They aren't nimble enough to employ a "bite-and-retreat" tactic (like a pack of wolves would do), and aren't quick enough to consistently avoid the bear's mighty paw swipes (which could easily dispatch a wolverine).  Wolverines are practiced at overpowering larger animals (typically herbivores in deep snow) by themselves, but a grizzly bear is a very dangerous adversary with formidable weaponry (jaws & paws).  Grizzly bears have great endurance, so its unlikely the wolverines will outlast it before their numbers are greatly reduced.  Wolverines can induce blood loss with their ferocious attacks, but the great size & thick fur of the grizzly bear will hinder this objective.  I would give the wolverines a decent chance if they cooperated like wolves or African wild dogs, but attacking as 12 individuals will make it too easy for the grizzly bear to pick them off.  I won't count the wolverines out, but they will need a few members to be latched onto strategic locations (snout/throat) to overcome this ursid.  Edge to grizzly bear.

Wolverine (25kg) vs Striped hyena (30kg): Wolverines are one of the strongest mammals (pound-for-pound), and are known for their ferocity & combativeness.  They have thick fur, sharp claws, and a bite strong enough to crunch through frozen meat & bone.  Striped hyenas are feisty & combative as well (sometimes driving larger wolves away), and have a bone-crushing bite of their own.  The bite of the striped hyena is stronger than the wolverine's bite, but this is its only offensive weapon.  The wolverine will have a more diversified attack & greater maneuverability, and will be able to attack from a variety of positions.  The striped hyena can't be counted out, but will need a little more of a weight advantage to consistently overcome this wolverine.  Wolverine wins.


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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.

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From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

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Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

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