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Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week Is Here: Meet the Big Alaskan Bears Prepping for Winter

Katmai National Park's Fat Bear Week Is Here: Meet the Big Alaskan Bears Prepping for Winter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — it’s officially Fat Bear Week!

水曜日に, Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve began their annual pre-hibernation, bear-centered competition, a March Madness-like tournament where people can vote for their favorite chunky bear.

The park’s bears pack on the pounds in the weeks leading up to winter to ensure they have the reserves needed to enjoy hibernation comfortably. Fat Bear Week celebrates these prepared animals and their healthy appetites.

Bear enthusiasts can help pick the most hibernation-ready bears by casting their vote の間に 12 午後. と 9 午後. EST each day at Explore.org and can also download a blank bracket to predict their own fat bear winner as well. Voting is open through Oct. 5, after which the Fat Bear Week 2021 Champion will be announced.

The fun-filled voting event is a joint effort crafted by the Alaskan park and two nonprofit partners: NS Katmai ConservancyExplore.org.

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In the competition, 12 of the largest bears located near the park’s Brooks River compete against one another for the ultimate fat bear title.

間で dozen bears competing this time around are Grazer, NS “defensive mother bear,” ウォーカー, NS “dominant” くま, and Otis, “one of the older bears at Brooks River.

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The contest first began back in 2014, when it was then a one-day event. それ以来何年も, the competition has expanded to a full-week event.

Last year’s 勝者, known as Bear 747, is competing once more this year after garnering more than 640,000 votes in 2020.

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According to the National Park and Preserve, the area in which the bears are located ishome to more brown bears than people and the largest, healthiest runs of sockeye salmon left on the planet.

About a total of 2,200 brown bears are currently residing within the Alaskan park, CNN 報告.