Interspecies Conflict/Fights galore

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Hi BK, thanks for another great set of replies! Here are my new fights.

1: Max-sized (i.e. 30kg) wolverine vs. Ovcharka
2: Wolverine or honey badger vs. Ovcharka at parity
3: Wolverine or honey badger vs. male black bear at parity
4: Game-bred APBT vs. male black bear at parity
5: Tosa vs. male black bear at parity
6: Wolverine or honey badger vs. fighting bull at parity


Thanks,
Martin

Answer
Hello Martin.


Wolverine (30kg) vs Ovcharka: Any wolverine exceeding 20kg would be an unusual specimen.  Wolverines are among the strongest mammals (pound-for-pound), and have the ability to tackle opponents larger than themselves.  They have jaws strong enough to crunch through frozen meat & bone, have powerful limbs with sharp claws, and a level of ferocity matched by few.  Ovcharkas (Caucasian & Central Asian) are amid the elite among canine combatants, and are typically 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 times heavier than a wolverine.  Overcoming these large dogs would be a tall order for the wolverine, and although it might pull out a win here & there, it won't be favored.  A 30kg wolverine (with no loss of mobility or ability) would have a better chance to succeed, but either Ovcharka weighing over 65kg or so will be favored.  Edge to Ovcharka.

Wolverine vs Ovcharka (at parity): There are few animals in a wolverine's weight range that can compete against it, and the Ovcharka isn't one of them.  The Ovcharka will have a mobility advantage, but it won't be enough to overcome a wolverine.  The wolverine will be strong & supple enough to control the positioning of the battle, and will be able to use its jaws & claws to great effect.  Wolverine wins.

Honey badger vs Ovcharka (at parity): Honey badgers are similar to wolverines in many aspects (weaponry, mentality, durability, etc.), but are a slight cut below.  However, it will still have enough ammunition to send an Ovcharka packing.  The tough hide of the honey badger will afford it protection against the bite of the Ovcharka, and it will be able to use its jaws & claws to gain the advantage in this battle.  Honey badger wins.

Wolverine vs Male black bear (at parity): Wolverines encounter black bears from time-to-time, and have driven them from kills with their ferocity.  Although a wolverine wouldn't have much of a chance to overpower a black bear in an actual conflict, a battle at equal weights would be a different matter.  Black bears aren't quite on par with brown bears (pound-for-pound), but still have the attributes associated with bears (endurance, durability, strength, etc.).  The wolverine will have the edge in mobility, flexibility, & the fact it comes into conflict more often against larger animals (in relation to body size) than the omnivorous (and less aggressive) black bear does.  The black bear will have more effective claws & better stamina.  Edge to wolverine.  

Honey badger vs Male black bear (at parity): Honey badgers are fearless & aggressive, and will typically stand their ground against larger adversaries.  A parity battle with a black bear would be a close contest.  The honey badger will be more willing to engage (and might drive the bear away), but a battle between 2 determined individuals would be a fierce jaws & claws vs jaws & claws affair.  The tough skin & supple body of the honey badger would help it a great deal, but the better use of forelimbs by the black bear would be tough to neutralize.  Slight edge to honey badger.

Game-bred APBT vs Male black bear (at parity): An American pit bull terrier is the supreme combatant (pound-for-pound) of the canine world, and is a serious adversary for anything in its weight range.  They have strength, athleticism, endurance, durability, tenacity, & strong jaws that make them very formidable.  Game-bred APBTs will rush in immediately, latch on with their jaws (usually targeting the face or head area), and hang on tight despite what injuries it receives from a counter-attack.  Even though the APBT's jaws are its only offensive weapon, animals that are better-armed on paper have problems dealing with this type of attack.  An APBT will often employ a bite & shake method to induce further tissue damage, and its muscular body enables it to do this with a great deal of force.  Black bears are strong, durable, & have great stamina as well, and have the use of forelimbs that help them control positioning (or deliver powerful swipes with sharp claws).  A black bear is one of the few animals that has enough solid assets to compete with an APBT at parity, but it will have trouble doing so on most occasions.  Edge to game-bred APBT.

Tosa vs Male black bear (at parity): Tosas (also called Tosa Kens or Tosa Inus) are a Japanese breed of mastiff with a fighting history.  These dogs are muscular & powerful, and have large, box-shaped heads with blunt jaws.  Tosas are the "wrestlers" of the dog world, with the ability to position themselves expertly to control the movements of many opponents (and subdue them).  As skilled as these dogs are, they would have problems dealing with a black bear because of the ursid's paw usage (to control movement & deliver swipes).  Tosas have an extensive weight range, and the ones bred in Japan (usually under 45kg) are typically more formidable than the ones bred in other countries (sometimes well over 70kg).  Most bears will trump most dogs at parity, and such is the case here.  The top-notch Tosas from Japan will certainly give an equal-sized black bear a great fight, but the more varied weaponry of the ursid will be the difference.  Edge to the black bear.

Wolverine vs Fighting bull (at parity): This is an interesting matchup.  Both animals will be strong & aggressive, and have the tools to prevail.  Wolverines have strong jaws & claws, and flexible bodies that enable them to fight effectively from multiple positions (including upside-down).  Fighting bulls have sharp, forward-pointing horns & the power to deliver violent blows with exceptional force.  The wolverine will need to cling to the bull during its attack to keep the bovid from creating distance & better utilizing its horns.  The wolverine will be durable enough to take some damage & continue fighting, and will have a chance to wear the fighting bull down as long as it stays close to it (and can deliver multiple bites).  Wolverines can bring down caribou larger than themselves, and the skill required to do so will come in handy here.  Edge to wolverine.

Honey badger vs Fighting bull (at parity): The honey badger isn't quite as formidable as a wolverine at equal weights, but it will have a high-enough level of the same attributes to succeed against the fighting bull.  The thick skin of the honey badger is resistant to damage, and will help it to deflect the bull's offense while engaging it.  As with the wolverine, the honey badger will need to stay close to the fighting bull to avoid any powerful headbutts (which can cause internal injuries).  Both can win, but the honey badger should have enough overall assets to be favored.  Slight edge to the honey badger.


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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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