Fat Bear Week is Coming Up

Breya Bergom |
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A bear participating in Fat Bear Week. PC: Katmai National Park and Preserve

Fat Bear Week is approaching rapidly, which means it’s almost time to crown the fattest bear in Brooks River. Fat Bear Week will start on September 29 this year, which observes the bulking up of pre-hibernating bears. This competition will take place in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Katmai is home to a massive population of brown bears and salmon. According to Explore, the region Katmai National Park and Preserve is located in has more brown bears than people. The bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve typically gorge on these fish before hibernation. This year, bears have “come out in record numbers,” according to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Last year’s champion weighed in at a whopping 1,400 pounds, as stated by Boston 25 News. The former champion, Bear 747, was first noted when he was a cub in 2004. He was small enough to be overlooked and struggled to find a reliable place to fish back then. Eventually, Bear 747 gained enough mass to intimidate other bears and is almost always found fishing for salmon near Brook Falls. Bears can lose a third of their body weight within hibernation, so the bigger the bear, the healthier it is when emerging from hibernation.

Fat Bear Week is set up in bracket form, leaving visitors and observers to vote for their pick. Votes can be based on annual growth, challenges particular bears may face, or the biggest, plumpest bear visitors see. You can follow Fat Bear Week here.

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The junior bracket for Fat Bear Week. PC: Katmai National Park and Preserve

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4 thoughts on “Fat Bear Week is Coming Up

  1. I too want the grizz and the wolves back. Purely for entertainment purposes.

    The wolves have a little pack going up near Lassen. In 5-8 years people will be seeing them quite often.

    Excited for the grizz to come back too. Hopefully they come back to pre-western settlement #’s when white people used Palisade Forts to come west and conquer lands from Native Americans and wipe out the cal bear.

    History was rough guys. There ain’t much you can do about to it except cry liberal tears and stage “peaceful protests”.

  2. I’m a calsnowflakian and I’m %100 percent behind the idea of bringing grizzly bears back to California, @anonymousgriz don’t lump all Californians into those opposing the reintroduction of grizzly bears to California.
    I have had multiple bear encounters and common sense keeps me safe and the man in the brown suit happy
    Hysterical people and those lacking common sense are the one’s most likely to oppose and demand the destruction of “problem “bears.

  3. Approximately 2,200 brown bears inhabit Katmai national park and preserve, brooks river falls is where the brown bears congregate to eat salmon and get fat .
    Proofread your article and be more specific before publishing. Festering ?
    It’s an amazing and awesome experience to see the bears in the river chasing salmon and interacting with the other bears .

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