Can a Bear Kill a Tiger? (Surprising Answer and Video)

Bear vs. tiger strengths and weaknesses.

The winner in a tiger vs. bear contest, the bear will win. The bear has more mass with claws and stronger bite. The differences are:

Weight – a grizzly bear weighs about eight hundred pounds, while a Siberian tiger weighs about six hundred pounds meaning the bear has an advantage here. Compare:

polar bear – 1000 lbs
brown bear – 1100 lbs
grizzly bear – 800 lbs
black bear 600 lbs
tiger female – 350 lbs
tiger male – 600 lbs


• Tigers are not very strong, which explains why they hunt at night by ambushing their predators and aiming at the neck.

Speed – a Siberian tiger can move at a speed of sixty miles per hour while the grizzly bear can only make it up to thirty-five miles per hour. Speed is an advantage to the tiger.

• The other advantage bears have is their straight claws, unlike the tiger, whose claws are curved to help them pull their catch after a successful ambush. The two animals equally have sharp claws, and this is a weapon that each one of them would like to exploit.

• The bear’s thick fur and body fat is another important feature that gives the bear an advantage.

Bite force – a bear has a massive biting force compared to the tiger

Fangs and teeth- both animals have an equally deadly weapon when it comes to this area. A mature grizzly bear can have three-inch-long fangs. On the other hand, an adult Siberian tiger has canines ranging from two to three inches long. The two animals can tear into each other.

• Bears are almost as intelligent as human beings which means the tiger will have to walk an extra mile to win.

Appetite – bears feed more than tigers, and this helps them maintain their huge weight, which can be an advantage to the bear.

Environment – the tiger and the bear come from two different settings, and the battleground will also determine the winner. The Siberian tiger is used to Russia’s harsh climate, while the grizzly bear comes from the cold North American weather. The tiger can apply its hunting speed and skill to outweigh the bear while the latter will invest on physical body strength to outsmart the opponent.

Despite all the advantages that bears have over the tiger, it is important to know that tigers eat bears. If an Amur tiger comes face to face with a Himalayan bear, the bear can only climb a tree to save its life.

Tigers are clever, and instead of climbing trees in pursuit of a bear, the tiger may decide to sit down and wait until the bear climbs down the tree.




Tigers have strong jaws, sharp teeth, and energetic bodies, which makes them excellent hunters. Tigers have black stripes and reddish -orange coats, and they also happen to be an enormous species compared to other cats in their family. Only the lion rivals the tiger in terms of strength.

People admire the white whiskers that tigers have, but the animals may go into extinction if no care is taken. Large Asian tigers weigh up to six hundred and sixty pounds, while smaller Sumatran cats weigh less than three hundred pounds. A tiger has an average height of three feet, and its teeth can have an average length of four inches.

A female tiger can give birth to three or four cubs, but some can even give birth to seven cubs which they rear until the cubs attain an age of one and a half years. Tigers are fond of hunting at night by ambushing their prey. Tigers mark their territories using urine feaces or scratching the surrounding trees.

Tiger Habitat

Tigers roam about in the savannahs and forests where poachers and human activities like farming continuously put their lives in danger. You can also find tigers in the rain forest, mangrove swamps, and grasslands. We can only save tigers by preserving their natural habitats.

Tiger species

Three of the nine subspecies of tigers are already extinct, and some of the remaining subspecies include the Amur tiger, South China tiger, and Sumatran tiger.


The size of bears depends on the species where the minor type known as sun bear can have sixty pounds. The large species are the polar bears which can attain up to eight feet in length and weigh more than the sun bears. Bears are endangered species and have a life expectancy of between twenty-five and fifty years. Bears have two layers of fur on their body.

The short hair layer helps keep the bear warm, while the long hair layer offers protection against water. One bear species known as the grizzly bear has a massive biting capability due to its five centimeter-long canines. There are eight different bear species: sloth bears, Andean bears, sun bears, polar bears, North American black bears, and Asiatic black, to mention some. Some bears swim while others climb trees.

Bears feeding

Some bears are omnivorous, meaning they can feed on meat and plants, while others feed on flesh only. Bears are fast, have a great sense of smell, vision, and even hearing; besides, bears are brilliant.


Bears and tigers are energetic and giant mammals that have caught the attention of numerous people to the extent that people would want to see the two animals fight. Before we look at each animal individually, let us look at the properties and similarities of the two. Bear and tiger are in the Animalia kingdom, and their Phylum is Chordata.

Tiger and bear also happen to share the same class known as Mammalia and also happen to be in the order called Carnivora. The scientific name of Bear is Ursidae while that of Tiger is Panthera Tigris.