The Rangers at Katmai National Park had a bit of fun on Facebook yesterday: they ran a contest, with their followers voting on who was the fattest star from their bearcams this summer. They put together a photo collage of each bear’s “before” and “after” figures, proving that bears do one thing very well in the Alaskan summer: they eat, and then they eat some more.
It’s as if they’re storing up for the winter or something…. Click on the photos to get the photos larger. Not life size, mind you, but larger!
Cute, yes … but this is not a baby’s game.
Beadnose must win for cutest ears, no matter what else you think of her rotundness.
Otis fishes in this part of the river so much the Rangers call it his office!
Best comment of the day came from Stuart Siegfried, who commented on 409’s picture, ” ‘Does this fur make my butt look big??’ Holy cow.”
For all of Katmai’s bears, fat equals survival. Brown bears will lose one quarter to one third of their body mass during hibernation. The fat they now carry sustains them through winter hibernation and well into next spring.
The 2 finalists were Otis and “4 Ton,” I mean, 410. It’s big boy versus big girl. They handled the pressure differently, as the live Bearcams showed yesterday:
Otis did some last minute fishing to round out his bulk.
410, oozing with confidence, decided it was time for a nap.
The results after a full day of voting: Otis, estimated to weigh 900 pounds, reigns as the champion of #FatBearTuesday!
Otis, in his office, doing what he does best: fishing.
Katmai National Park & Preserve
Explore.org’s Katmai Bearcam
Baby mountain goat hiding in the flowers. Glacier National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior on 9/29/14.
Established in 1997, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge works to protect the native plant, fish and wildlife species that live in the Connecticut River watershed. Spanning four states (New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut), the refuge includes nine divisions that represent a wide variety of habitats. Pictured here is the 260-acre Fort River Division located in Hadley, Massachusetts. The Fort River Division is home to everything from the red-tailed hawk and great horned owl to the white-tailed deer and bobcat.
Photo by James Weliver. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/29/14.
Circa 1919. “Studebaker motor car in repair shop with garage mechanic.” Don’t try this at home. Or at work. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia. From the Shorpy Historic Photo collection.
Shorpy Historical Photos
Just not at the same time. Isn’t this the perfect path to enjoy fall colors?
The colors of fall, at Maine’s Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/24/14.
Lake Clark National Park. Photo by Photo: Kevin Dietrich. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 8/25/14.
Sunset at Zion National Park, with some “enhancements,” I would suggest. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/22/14.
Cooking The Picture
A beautiful sunset at Canyonlands National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 9/19/14.