Fat Bear Week: It’s time to weigh in on Katmai National Park’s brown bears

(CNN) — Lastly, it is Fat Bear Week — a most welcome week of wholesome competitors amongst brown bears.

Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Protect calls it “a celebration of success,” a March Insanity type match, full with a bracket, the place you possibly can vote on the heftiest brown bear in the bunch.

The bears are preparing to retire to their dens for the winter, with out meals or drink till spring. Their fats reserves maintain them as their physique weight dwindles by up to a 3rd.

“For bears, fats equals survival,” says Katmai’s web site.

Amongst this year’s contenders: Chunk, one of the crucial dominant bears on Brooks River who displays some “enigmatic” habits, and Holly, a medium-large grownup feminine who was 2019’s Fat Bear Week champion.

The competition dates again to 2014’s Fat Bear Tuesday, in accordance to the National Park Service, and has plumped up to an occasion with 640,000 votes solid in 2020, a yr that cried out for fats bear enjoyable.

A dominant grownup male would possibly catch and eat greater than 30 fish a day, and by the tip of the autumn, grownup males can weigh over 1,000 kilos (454 kilograms).

About 2,200 brown bears reside in the park.

The National Park Service says the area the place the park is situated is “house to extra brown bears than folks and the biggest, healthiest runs of sockeye salmon left on the planet.”

Last year’s Fat Bear Week winner, Bear 747 (pictured above), is competing once more this yr, and he often is the bear to beat. In September 2020, he weighed an estimated 1,400 kilos (636 kilograms), in accordance to discover.org, and he is at the very least as large this yr.

Fat Bear Week begins on Wednesday, September 29, and concludes on Fat Bear Tuesday, October 5.

Picture from the National Park Service

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