Interspecies Conflict/Animal Fights 3


Hello Bk,
I have some more questions about animal fights:

Leopard vs Grey Wolves (2)
Coyote vs Wolverine
Eurasian Lynx vs German Sheperd
Red Wolf vs German Sheperd
Bobcat vs Velociraptor
Clouded Leopard vs Harpy Eagle
American Bison vs Cape Buffalo
Eurasian Lynx vs African Wild Dog
Jaguar vs Florida Black Bear
Lion Coalition of 3 v Iberian (Spanish) Fighting Bull
Scottish Wildcat v Red Fox
Jaguarundi v Dachshund
South American Giant Short-faced Bear v Hippopotamus
African Lion v Titanis
Asiatic Black Bear v Common Warthog

Hello Johannes.

Leopard vs 2 Grey Wolves: A leopard weighs about 50% more than a grey wolf.  Wolves work well as a team, and will attempt to attack the leopard from different angles in hopes of wearing it down.  However, a leopard is well-armed (sharp teeth & claws), and has the power & agility to be dangerous offensively & defensively.  Wolves have better endurance than leopards do, but the risk of injury to the canids will be high if they persist with their attack.  Not an easy battle either way, but the leopard should prevail more times than not.  Leopard wins.

Coyote vs Wolverine: A coyote can exceed a wolverine in weight, but these 2 won't be far off.  Wolverines are among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound, and their ferocity & boldness is legendary.  The coyote only has one offensive weapon (its bite), but the wolverine has sharp claws as well as a powerful bite of its own.  The coyote will have better lateral movement, but the supple wolverine will be able to fight from multiple positions with ease (including from its back).  Wolverine wins.

Eurasian Lynx vs German Shepherd: These animals will be close in weight.  The German Shepherd will have the advantage in endurance & have a bigger bite, but the lynx will have the advantage in speed, agility, & claws.  Lynxes sometimes don't fare well against coyotes when they meet, but the coyote is usually larger in these encounters.  Edge to Eurasian lynx.

Red Wolf vs German Shepherd: The red wolf will weigh about the same as the German Shepherd.  Both of these animals have good endurance & strong bites, but the red wolf is more practiced at conflicts with other animals.  A trained German Shepherd might succeed in driving an invading red wolf away, but will be slightly outmatched in a serious fight.  Edge to red wolf.

Bobcat vs Velociraptor: The bobcat will be slightly heavier than the Velociraptor.  The Velociraptor has very diversified weaponry (decent bite, grabbing claws, kicking/slashing claws), but the bobcat will have a slight edge in quickness & agility.  A bobcat has sharp claws (front for slashing/grabbing, back for rapid kicking at close quarters), and its paw usage will help it to control positioning in this battle.  A bobcat will likely retreat once it faces resistance in a realistic encounter (won't risk injury), but will have a decent chance in a down & dirty fight.  Close to 50/50.

Clouded Leopard vs Harpy Eagle: The clouded leopard will weigh about 2 1/2 times more than the harpy eagle, but the weights of each combatant isn't the most important factor here.  A harpy eagle can employ a very effective aerial attack (swoop in & grasp with its talons) if it ambushes the clouded leopard, but the cat will have the advantage if it is aware of the bird's presence.  Harpy eagles are powerful birds of prey, but aren't suited for fighting on the ground against a terrestrial predator.  The clouded leopard can use its agility & quickness to pounce on the harpy eagle and finish it by sinking its long upper canines into the bird's neck.  Without an ambush, the harpy eagle will be in trouble.  Clouded leopard wins.

American Bison vs Cape Buffalo: The bison can max out at over a ton in weight, and the Cape buffalo seldom exceeds 3/4 of a ton.  The bison has a very robust neck and shoulder area (its body in front of its shoulders is close to the weight of its body behind the shoulders) and fights primarily by using its head as a battering ram.  The Cape buffalo is not as stocky, but is still a well-proportioned & powerful animal.  It is very aggressive, well-practiced in battling predators, and has horns that curve outward that it uses to gore adversaries with. At these weights the bison would dominate this encounter.  I would still favor the massive bison at parity, but only slightly so.  American bison wins.

Eurasian Lynx vs African Wild Dog: The Eurasian lynx will weigh over 10% more than the African wild dog.  The Eurasian lynx will have advantages in speed, agility, & paw usage, but the African wild dog will have a bigger bite & greater endurance.  The lynx will use it claws (front & back) to slash at the wild dog, and the canid will attempt to utilize its strong bite to gain the upper hand.  The lynx should have enough offense to drive the wild dog away, but will have a tough time if the canid is persistent.  The African wild dog is more comfortable attacking with members of its pack, but the lynx is used to battling opponents solo.  Slight edge to the Eurasian lynx.

Jaguar vs Florida Black Bear: The jaguar will weigh slightly more than the Florida black bear.  Black bears aren't as aggressive or formidable as brown bears, but they are still capable fighters with the attributes shared by various bears (great strength & endurance, large paws & claws, durability).  Jaguars are considered to be the strongest cat pound-for-pound, and have tremendously strong jaws that can bite through turtle shells & caiman armor.  Jaguars use their stocky, muscular builds to effectively grab & control adversaries, and work themselves into a position to kill with a crushing bite to the skull or spine.  The carnivorous jaguar will be more accustomed to combat than the omnivorous black bear, and should have the assets to prevail in a serious battle.  Jaguar wins.

Lion Coalition of 3 v Iberian (Spanish) Fighting Bull: The Spanish fighting bull will weigh about the same as all 3 lions combined.  Fighting bulls are muscular & powerful, and can make violent, forceful thrusts with their forward-pointing horns.  The lions will be accustomed to tackling Cape buffalo (which are similar in size & fighting prowess as the Spanish fighting bull), and should be able to overcome this fierce bovid with cooperation & caution.  The lions will use their speed, agility, & paw usage to latch onto the fighting bull to impede its motion, and one member of the pride will attempt to finish with a throat bite.  The lions won't succeed every time, but will succeed most of the time.  3 lions win.

Scottish Wildcat v Red Fox: The red fox will weigh about 40% more than the Scottish wildcat.  Scottish wildcats have the typical felid assets (speed, agility, claws), but aren't as good at dispatching opponents larger than themselves as, let's say, clouded leopards are.  A red fox only has its bite as an offensive weapon, but will exceed the wildcat in endurance.  The Scottish wildcat will have a very hard time killing the red fox, but will have a good chance of fighting it off with a ferocious volley of paw strikes.  The red fox can win if it's determined (and decides to endure some scratches), but will realistically break off its attack once it faces some serious resistance.  Close to 50/50.

Jaguarundi v Dachshund: A large Dachshund can weigh over 50% more than a jaguarundi.  The jaguarundi is an agile mammal with sharp claws & teeth, and usually feeds upon rodents, rabbits, birds, & reptiles.  Dachshunds are compact dogs with long bodies & very short legs.  These friendly, playful dogs were once used on hunts for badgers.  The dachshund will have better endurance than the jaguarundi, but will only have one offensive weapon (bite).  A typical dachshund won't have the moxie to deal with the jaguarundi's more diversified weaponry, but a trained one will have a chance.  Jaguarundi wins at parity, but a larger dachshund will prevail from time-to-time.  Slight edge to the jaguarundi.

South American Giant Short-faced Bear v Hippopotamus: The hippopotamus will weigh about 70% more than the South American short-faced bear (Arctotherium), but will only reach about 3/4th its shoulder height.  Hippopotamuses have large jaws with imposing canines, and these sharp-edged teeth can cause serious wounds to any opponent.  Hippos can be very aggressive & territorial in or near water, but aren't as comfortable when completely on land.  Although they are capable of quick bursts of speed on land, they don't have the greatest mobility or stamina there.  Arctotherium is believed to be the largest bear ever, and may have been closely related to the sloth bear.  All bears have great endurance & durability, and Arctotherium was likely capable of causing a lot of damage with its jaws & swinging paws.  The hippo would likely have been able to land its bite on Arctotherium throughout the fight (bears don't have the best lateral movement; especially large ones), but it would take more than one to take out the giant bear.  The hippopotamus would be too strong to hold in place initially, but Arctotherium would have some success with its paw swipes until the hippo fatigued.  This battle depends a lot on the bear's ability to avoid receiving a serious bite while mounting an effective offense with its jaws & claws.  I would favor a hippopotamus at the water's edge, but the Arctotherium would have the edge on dry land.  Close to 50/50.  

African Lion v Titanis: An African lion weighs about 2/3rd more than Titanis did.  Titanis was a "terror bird" that attained the height & weight of a modern-day ostrich, and was believed to have a large beak (for biting & striking) and strong, clawed legs (for fast running & kicking).  Lions are fast, agile, athletic predators with strong jaws & sharp claws.  These felids are well-practiced at bringing down large prey items (sometimes solo), and utilize paw usage (to control an opponents movement or strike at them) and finishing know-how (with a throat or spine bite) to succeed.  A lion would need to be cautious of Titanis' dangerous kicks (and beak), but will have the ability to leap upon the bird and drag it to the ground.  Once a lion leaps upon it and seizes it, Titanis' options will be limited.  African lion wins.

Asiatic Black Bear v Common Warthog: The Asiatic black bear will weigh 1/3rd more than the common warthog.  Asiatic black bears aren't as formidable (pound-for-pound) as brown bears & polar bears, but can still be capable combatants (having strength, strong jaws & claws, paw usage).  They spend about half their time in trees, and typically feast on fruit, insects, & vegetation.  As a result, the Asiatic black bear isn't practiced at tackling large suids like warthogs.  Warthogs are nimble mammals with long, curved tusks that can be used to slash at an attacker.  They occasionally deal with lions, leopards, & hyenas, and are somewhat battle-tested as a result.  The black bear will have the strength to control the warthog's movements with its paws, and will need to do this to keep the suid's tusks at bay.  Because the Asiatic black bear might not have the know-how to finish effectively, it will probably give way in a realistic encounter.  However, a determined bear with this weight advantage will have the assets to physically overcome the warthog.  Asiatic black bear wins.

Best regards.

Interspecies Conflict

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts




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.


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.

Associate degree in unrelated field; biology classes in college.

©2017 All rights reserved.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]