What Is the Bite Force of a Hyena?

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Hyenas have a bite force of 1,100 pounds of pressure per square inch and rank as the sixth most powerful biters in the animal world. The hyena is a hunter and scavenger, using its powerful bite to crush and eat even the bones of its prey.

Hyenas most frequently feed on wildebeest, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles, and they also eat fish, black rhinos, young elephants, pythons and even humans. Hyenas eat quickly, and they compete with one another through the speed of their eating. One hyena can eat an entire gazelle fawn in two minutes, and a group of hyenas can devour an adult zebra in 36 minutes.