Have you ever heard of Fat Bear Week?

Fat Bear Week is an annual tournament held at Brooks River, Alaska, in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The preserve stretches about 4.1 million acres. The event determines the fattest bear of the year in Brooks River. From Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, anybody can cast their vote to decide the fattest bear.

It all started as an event titled Fat Bear Tuesday in 2014. It grew into a weeklong contest a year later in hopes of raising awareness about wildlife in the park and preserve, the home of about 2,200 brown bears.

A lot of brown bears in Katmai get massive,\ weighing in at about 1,000 pounds by fall! This year’s bear crowned fattest bear of 2020 is bear 747, sometimes referred to as Colbert or Earl of Avoirdupois, weighing around an estimated 1,400 pounds! His belly nearly touches the ground and because of this his belly got stuck on a rock when climbing up a hill.

This year’s runner up was bear 32 named Chunk that weighed over an estimated 1,100 pounds. The votes were about 28,800 to over 47,000. This year attracted more than 600,000 votes!

If you’d like to see the bears and other wildlife, you can view them at Katmai Wilderness Lodge or you can see footage of the bears from the park’s six webcams.


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Tara Woodward