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It’s Fat Bear Week 2021!

2 Oct 2021, 5:00 am

It’s that glorious time of the year when the fattest bears of the Katmai National Park & Preserve face off in a bracket-style showdown of who’s put on the most weight (and carries it the best)!

Fat Bear Week is held (virtually) every year as cameras in the Katmai National Park document the perseverance of the brown bears throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. Cameras snatch pictures of the bears’ condition at the beginning of the year after they wake up from hibernation, which usually results in the bears looking very, very skinny. By the time fall arrives, these same brown bears eat so much that they put on hundreds of pounds and are unrecognizable from their previous spring pictures.

In the words of Katmai National Park and Preserve,

              “Fat Bear Week is a celebration of success and survival. It is a way to celebrate the resilience, adaptability and strength of Katmai’s brown bears. Bears are matched against each other in a “march madness” style competition and online visitors can vote who is ultimately crowned the Fat Bear Week 2021 Champion. Over the course of the week, virtual visitors learn more about the lives and histories of individual bears while also gaining a greater understanding of Katmai’s ecosystem through a series of live events hosted on”

*You* can participate in this fun event! Click on this link to go to vote for the bear you think should win Fat Bear Week 2021.

But first, you need to see some of the competitors this year:

Chunk Before

Chunk After

Walker Before

Walker After

Even the little ones are getting into this year’s competition!

Spring Cub Before

Spring Cub After

Finally, my favorite, Grazer

Grazer Before

Grazer After

To read more about each bear and see all of the brown bear competitors, click here. 

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.