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171 PIC 2017.0x.xx w 2 YEARLINGS SUMMER 2017 FROM PG 10 of 2018 BoBr

171 with her 2 yearlings Summer 2017 from page 10 of the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book

Adult Female

Year First Identified:  2009 as a subadult

Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Known Litters of Cubs:  3 (2014, 2016 & 2019)

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no darting attempts of 171 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2016 or 2017.



Identification:

2015 - 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:  171 is a medium-sized female with somewhat triangular shaped ears, a “smiling” gape, and a prominent brow ridge. In July, her coat is dark blond. In fall, her coat is more brown and grizzled. Her legs are typically darker than her back and face.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2015 - 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:  This bear has been seen using Brooks River every fall since 2009, but she only sporadically uses the river in July. She seems tolerant of people on wildlife viewing platforms, yet she appears to avoid people in other locations. #171 often avoids other bears and isn’t tolerant of their approach.

Life History:

2009:  Subadult

171 was initially classified as a subadult in Fall of 2009.

2010:

Subadult 171 was observed using the Brooks River in Fall of 2010. On October 7, 2017 Ranger Jeanne shared these three 2010 photos of 171 when she was a subadult.  Ranger Jeanne also shared her thoughts about the similar features of 171 and 610, suspected to be one of 171's cubs from her 2014 litter: "One of the striking similarities between 610 and 171 is the fur pattern around their eyes. Here are some 2010 photos of 171, when she was classified as a sub."  Photo #1 , Photo #2 , and Photo #3 

September 2010:

2010.09.08:  Ranger Jeanette Meleen's photo of 171.

2011:

July 2011:

2011.07.12:  Park visitor Mark Nicholas captures 171 at 0:25 into this video  (171's identification confirmed by Mike Fitz on January 30, 2017 ):

Brooks Lodge, Katmai - Grizzly (Brown) Bears Fishing and Bear with Cubs July 12, 2011 by Mark Nicholas

Brooks Lodge, Katmai - Grizzly (Brown) Bears Fishing and Bear with Cubs July 12, 2011 by Mark Nicholas

2012:

171 was observed using the Brooks River in Fall of 2012.

July 2012:

2012.07.??:   Park visitor, Walter Blaser, captured 171 at 20:32 into this video :

Canada Alaska Camper - Reise 2012 July 2012 by Walter Blaser

Canada Alaska Camper - Reise 2012 July 2012 by Walter Blaser

2013:  Single Adult Female

171 was observed using the Brooks River in Fall of 2013.

2014: with 2 Tiny Spring Cubs, 1st Known Litter, Lost 1 (Darker, Smaller)

2014 Season: 

Park visitor and cam viewer, Donna T. Bennett (aka DTB and DtotheTtotheB), documented her observations of the 171 family group from July of 2014 to October 2014 in her flickr album .   Anna-Marie captured this video of 171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) during her time at Brooks Camp.

2014 Season and after:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 610 that begins when she was a spring cub with 171 (speculated).  Footage of 171 with her believed offspring, 610 can be seen in the beginning of this video.:

Keeping up with the Brown Bears 610 (beginning in 2014 with 171 and sibling and continuing into the 2019 season) by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

Keeping up with the Brown Bears 610 (beginning in 2014 with 171 and sibling and continuing into the 2019 season) by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

July 2014:

In July 2014, 171 returned to Brooks River with two small spring cubs.  While both cubs appeared small for spring cubs at the time of season they were first observed in 2014, one of 171's two spring cubs lighter and larger than the other, and the other spring cub was even smaller but much darker than their littermate.  When 171 was initially observed in July 2014, her identification was not immediately certain.  There was a period of time when it was considered that she could possibly be 608 .  After further research, comparison to prior season bear monitoring photos, and consultation with bear monitoring staff, her identification was determined to be 171, not 608. 171 didn't attract much attention from bear watchers until she returned with cubs in 2014 even though 171 was a frequent user of the Brooks River for many prior years.

2014.07.15:  171 with her two spring cubs video by Various Videos 1:
171 and 2 spring cubs 07 15 2014 video by Various Videos 1-0

171 and 2 spring cubs 07 15 2014 video by Various Videos 1-0

2014.07.17:  

171 with her two spring cubs on gravel bar near lagoon heading to closed trail gif by Juergen.

171 with her two spring cubs near closed trail gif by Juergen:

15:28:  Ranger Mike observed 171 and her two spring cubs and shared these photos that he just took:  Photo #1 and Photo #2 :

On the evening of July 17, 2018 171 and her 2 spring cubs treed themselves near the grassy knoll in the lower river area video by JBGrace:

171 and 2 spring cubs treed near grassy point in lower river area 7 17 2014 (Alaska time) video by JB Grace

171 and 2 spring cubs treed near grassy point in lower river area 7 17 2014 (Alaska time) video by JB Grace

2014.07.18:  171 and her 2 tiny spring cubs:

2014.07.19:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 171 with two spring cubs:  Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 , Photo #4 , Photo #5 , Photo #6 , Photo #7 (171 only), Photo #8 , Photo #9 , and Photo #10 .  



July 2014 - August 2014:

We don't know the exact date that 171 was separated from her smaller, darker spring cub.  We do know that the family group of 171 with both spring cubs was seen on July 19, 2014 by Ranger Jeanne.  We also know that the unaccompanied dark spring cub, that resembled 171's missing dark cub, was seen on August 27, 2014.

On February 15, 2018 Goldilocks shared her memory of watching 171 and the smaller, darker spring cub becoming separated:

We are trying to narrow this date down by locating other photos, snapshots, and videos of the 171 family group and 2014 unaccompanied dark spring cub from between July 19, 2014 and August 27, 2014.  If we can narrow down a date, it is possible that we can find footage of the separation that Goldilocks witnessed on the lower river live cam.

August 2014 or PRIOR:

2014.08.17 or Prior:  171 with 2 spring cub video by Magical Adventures (published August 17, 2014):

Mom and cubs 171 with 2 spring cubs 2014 video by Magical Adventures

Mom and cubs 171 with 2 spring cubs 2014 video by Magical Adventures

2014.08.27 or PRIOR:  171 with 2 spring cubs video by Jim Sawyer:  171 and her two very tiny spring cubs can be seen at the 0:40 mark into Jim's video:

Bear Watching - Brooks Camp, Alaska 2014 Season by Jim Sawyer

Bear Watching - Brooks Camp, Alaska 2014 Season by Jim Sawyer

August 2014:

2014.08.12 (Published date): 171 with 2 spring cubs and 435 Holly and her spring cub (now 719) video by Various Videos 1.  Ranger Roy Wood and Ranger Mike Fitz were doing a play-by-play during this footage, so turn your sound up.  You will even learn things like the locations of the gravel bar and the point, along with the distance between the corner and point.:

Katmai AK bears and cubs w sound 2014 171 with 2 spring cubs & 435 Holly with her spring cub by Various Videos

Katmai AK bears and cubs w sound 2014 171 with 2 spring cubs & 435 Holly with her spring cub by Various Videos

2014.08.27:  

On August 27, 2014 a lone dark spring cub was observed.  171 had also recently lost a dark spring cub.  There is speculation that the lone dark spring cub that was observed could possibly be 171's missing spring cub as the larger, lighter spring cub remained with 171 after the lone dark spring cub was observed. 

Cam viewer Janie Nook captured this video of 879 and the lone dark spring cub.  The lone dark cub had been seen looking for fish on the gravel bar near the point. Then Bear 879 gets up from his nap and moves into the river. The lone cub scurries off into the woods.

Lower River Bear 879 and lone cub August 27, 2014 video by Janie Nook-0

Lower River Bear 879 and lone cub August 27, 2014 video by Janie Nook-0

2014.08.28:

Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly) captured these videos of the lone dark spring cub:

Video #1 :  Shortly after approximately 11:00 AK time, "Lone Spring Cub" visits lower river, looking healthy and moving at a fair clip, stopping to grab a quick meal, then dashes off. (Please note:  This is not 503 Cubadult, 402's abandoned yearling that was later adopted by 435 Holly.)

Katmai Park Lower River Bear Cam 8 28 14 Lone Spring Cub Appears by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Katmai Park Lower River Bear Cam 8 28 14 Lone Spring Cub Appears by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Video #2 :  At approximately noon, the lone Spring Cub pops up from the tall grass, trots around and is seen wrangling a nice big salmon, looking for a place to settle down and eat peacefully (no bigger bears to steal his food and hiding from Alice - the name we give all the cheeky gulls).

Katmai Park Lower River Bear Cam 8 28 14 Second Sighting Approx Noon video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Katmai Park Lower River Bear Cam 8 28 14 Second Sighting Approx Noon video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Janie Nook (aka Janie Pooh) captured this video of the unaccompanied dark spring cub at around noon on August 28, 2014:
Lone Cub Lower Brooks River August 28, 2014 noonish AKT

Lone Cub Lower Brooks River August 28, 2014 noonish AKT

JoeBear captured these videos of the lone dark spring cub on August 28, 2014:

Video #1 :

Spring Cub Lower River August 28, 2014 video by JoeBear

Spring Cub Lower River August 28, 2014 video by JoeBear

Video #2 :
Lower River Cub 2 August 28

Lower River Cub 2 August 28. 2014 video by JoeBear

2014.08.31:  JoeBear captured this video of the lone dark spring cub:

Spring cub eating lunch August 31, 2014 video by JoeBear

Spring cub eating lunch August 31, 2014 video by JoeBear

September 2014:

2014.09.??: Octavio Garduno captured 3 videos of 171 and her remaing spring cub in September, 2014.

Video #1:

171 and spring cub sep 2014, video by Octavio Garduno

171 and spring cub sep 2014, video by Octavio Garduno

Video #2:

171 and spring cub sep 2014, video by Octavio Garduno-0

171 and spring cub sep 2014, video by Octavio Garduno-0

Video #3:

Katmai National Park, video by Octavio Garduno-0

Katmai National Park, video by Octavio Garduno-0


2014.09.07:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 171 with her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:  Photo #1 , and Photo #2 ,

2014.09.09: 

171 leaves her remaining spring cub (610?) on a small sand bar to forage nearby.  An idylic time, the cub finds some little snacks to occupy it.  The close-ups of the spring cub in the first 6 minutes of the video are a must see, but the action starts at about the 6 minute mark into the video.  Suddenly, the cub is startled and runs back to shore.  171 turns back to check on the cub and panics when she cannot see the cub, hidden in the tall grass.  171 bounds across the water, soon finding the cub, but remains protectively wary of surrounding, seemingly ready to mete out punishment to whatever culprit scared her percious cub!...video by JBirdyHome:

171 with remaining spring cub (610?) Mom Panics When Startled Cub Bolts 09 09 2014 video by JBirdyHome-0

171 with remaining spring cub (610?) Mom Panics When Startled Cub Bolts 09 09 2014 video by JBirdyHome-0

171's remaining spring cub (larger, lighter): 2014.09.13: 

Ranger Jeanne's photos of 171 with her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub.  Photo #1 (171 only), Photo #2 , Photo #3 , Photo #4 , Photo #5 , Photo #6 , Photo #7 , Photo #8 , Photo #9 , Photo #10 , Photo #11 , Photo #12 (171 only), Photo #13 , Photo #14 (171 only), Photo #15 , Photo #16 ,  Photo #17 , and Photo #18 .


DTB captured this video of 171 and her remaining spring cub on the spit with 89 Backpack:

BP Trying to Sleep While 171 & cub are on the Spit September 13, 2014 by DTB

BP Trying to Sleep While 171 & cub are on the Spit September 13, 2014 by DTB

2014.09.16:  171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) with 435 Holly. her spring cub (719) and her adopted yearling (503 Cubadult) video by JoeBear:
171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) with 435 Holly and her spring cub (719) and adopted yearling (503)-0

171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) with 435 Holly and her spring cub (719) and adopted yearling (503)-0

2014.09.21:  JoeBear captured this video of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:
Beautiful 171 and MiniMe September 21, 2014 video by JoeBear

Beautiful 171 and MiniMe September 21, 2014 video by JoeBear

2014.09.22:  Park visitor, Sue Petterson, captured these photos of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub.  Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 , and Photo #4 .

2014.09.27:  Lolaboo two2 captured this video of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:

Bears at Katmai National Park - 9 27 14 by Lolaboo two2

Bears at Katmai National Park - 9 27 14 by Lolaboo two2

2014.09.28: 


Ranger Jeanne's photos of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:  Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 (remaining spring cub only), Photo #4  (remaining spring cub only), and Photo #5 (171 nursing her cub).


DTB captured this video of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:

28 September 2014 171 & Cub LR video by DTB

28 September 2014 171 & Cub LR video by DTB

JoeBear captured this video of 171 making a belly hole and then nursing her remaining spring cub (610?):

171 makes belly hole and nurses her remaining spring cub (610?) 09 28 2014 video by JoeBear

171 makes belly hole and nurses her remaining spring cub (610?) 09 28 2014 video by JoeBear

JoeBear captured this video of 171 and her remaining spring cub (610?):
171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) 09 28 2014 video by JoeBear

171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) 09 28 2014 video by JoeBear

October 2014:

2014.10.05:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:  Photo #1 (171 only), and Photo #2 .

2014.10.07:  JoeBear captured this video of 500 Indy meeting 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub on Spit Road:

Indy 500 meets 171 and cub October 7, 2014 video by JoeBear-0

Indy 500 meets 171 and cub October 7, 2014 video by JoeBear-0

2014.10.10:  PhotoBearsBry's gif of 171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub:

2014.10.11:  171's remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub inspect the NPS barge in this video by JoeBear:

171's Cub inspects the barge October 11, 2014 video by JoeBear

171's Cub inspects the barge October 11, 2014 video by JoeBear

VIP (volunteer in park) and cam viewer, Anna-Marie Gantt captured this video of 171 and her remaining spring cub walking past the lower river platform.

2014.10.20:  171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub video by JoeBear:

171 and her little cub October 20, 2014 video by JoeBear

171 and her little cub October 20, 2014 video by JoeBear

171 and her remaining spring cub video by Victoria White:
171& Cub 2014 10 20 by Victoria White

171& Cub 2014 10 20 by Victoria White

2014.10.22 11:04:  171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub video by MsDebbiB:

Bear 171 and her chubbie cub at Katmai Oct 22, 2014 video by MsDebbiB

Bear 171 and her chubbie cub at Katmai Oct 22, 2014 video by MsDebbiB

2014.10.24:  171 and her remaining (larger, lighter) spring cub (610?) video by DTB:

24 October 2014 Riffles View Evening 171, cub, and a large dark bear video by DTB-1

24 October 2014 Riffles View Evening 171, cub, and a large dark bear video by DTB-1

When 171 was last seen in the fall, she only had one cub.  This was #171’s first documented litter. No one knows why this bear’s cub disappeared, but it is not uncommon for bear cubs to die from a myriad of circumstances.

2015:  Single Adult Female (see 2015 Subadult 610 )

171 was originally included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 31.

In 2015, no cubs remained from 171's 2014 litter.  However, in 2015 there was a small subadult, 610 , that strongly resembled 171's remaining 2014 larger, lighter spring cub.  Some cam viewers speculate that 610 is the 2015 abandoned yearling of 171, and the 2015 bear monitoring records reflect that park staff also share in that speculation .  

July 2015:

2015.07.11:  A single adult female was observed in front of the Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform by cam viewers.  She resembled 171 without her remaining yealring.  Ranger Jeanne commented and shared that Ranger Mike thought this sow might be 171.  Cam viewers captured these snapshots of the single adult female:  LuvNature , BTWW , Frogson #1 , Frogson #2 , MargieS , Kristina , Ripple #2 ,  and TipperWA .:

2015.07.22:  Single female 171 photo by Mike Fitz.

September 2015:

2015.09.20:  171 photo by Mike Fitz.

2015.09.23:  Ranger Mike pans to and discusses 171 at approximately 35:00 into this September 23, 2015 play-by-play .  Ranger Mike also pans back to 171 at approximately 46:48 into the video and provides an up close view of 171 with additional information about her.

Ranger Mike And Ranger Roy - Katmai National Park - Play By Play September 23, 2015

Ranger Mike And Ranger Roy - Katmai National Park - Play By Play September 23, 2015

171 gif by Juergen.  171 is the bear 1st observed on the spit.  410 is the bear that approaches the gravel bar from Naknek Lake.  

2015.09.27:  171 video by Mickey Williams:

171 September 27, 2015 by Mickey Williams

171 September 27, 2015 by Mickey Williams

October 2015:

2015.10.02:  171 video by Victoria White:

Bear 171 ~ 2015 10 02 video by Victoria White

Bear 171 ~ 2015 10 02 video by Victoria White

2016:  3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter

171 was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 38:

July 2016:

In July 2016, #171 again returned to Brooks River, this time with three spring cubs in tow.  She was most often observed fishing along the cut bank with her cubs treed on shore. Unlike some other bears, #171 was not seen consistently throughout the summer or fall. Little is known about the movements of wild brown bears, and we see only a glimpse of their lives while they fish the Brooks River. Research projects like the Brown Bear Genetics Study and the Changing Tides Project aim to tell us more about the lives and movements of bears like #171.

2016.07.09: 

12:2?:  Mickey Williams captured this video of 171 and her 3 spring cubs (Part 1):

12;2? pm 07.09

12;2? pm 07.09.2016 mom 171 with 3 COYs part 1 Katmai video by Mickey Williams

12:3?:  Mickey Williams captured this video of 171 and her 3 spring cubs (Part 3):
12;3? pm 07.09

12;3? pm 07.09.2016 mom 171 with 3 COYs part 3 Katmai video by Mickey Williams

12:4?:  Mickey Williams captured this video of 171 and her 3 spring cubs (Part 4):
12;4? pm 07.09

12;4? pm 07.09.2016 mom 171 with 3 COYs part 4 Katmai video by Mickey Williams

Martina's snapshots of 171 with 3 spring cubs:  Snaphot #1 and Snapshot #2 Martina also captured this video of the 171 family group:
2016 07 9 Sow & 3 spring cubs LR possibly 171 video by Martina

2016 07 9 Sow & 3 spring cubs LR possibly 171 video by Martina

Erum Chad (aka Erie) captured this video of the 171 family group:
Sow 171 with 3 coys 2016-07-09 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Sow 171 with 3 coys 2016-07-09 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Ratna captured this video of 171 and her 3 spring cubs:
171 and coys from rw July 9, 2016 video by Ratna

171 and coys from rw July 9, 2016 video by Ratna

Cam viewer and park visitor grandmaj captured 7/9/2016 photos that she shared in chat on 5/10/2020, #1 and #2.

Please request grandmaj's permission  prior to using her photographs! 

2016.07.18 or Prior:  A park visitor captured this video at Brooks Camp.  171 and her 3 spring cubs can be seen at the 1:11 mark.:

Katmai National Park by EHS National Parks 2016 Season

Katmai National Park by EHS National Parks 2016 Season

2016.07.19 or Prior:  Park visitor, procheer2010, captured this video of 171 and her three spring cubs:

Mama bear and Cubs! So close! (Brooks Falls in Alaska) video by procheer2010

Mama bear and Cubs! So close! (Brooks Falls in Alaska) video by procheer2010

October 2016:

2016.10:01-10:31: (PLEASE NOTE:  171 was not observed in October of 2016. 153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

171 was believed to have been seen in the fall of 2016 with many videos identifying her as such. Those videos are actually 39. In 2017 Rangers stated that the sow thought to be 171 in the fall of 2016 was actually 153 with 3 spring cubs. When the 2018 Bear book was released, sow 153 was re-identified as sow 39. "Previously, this bear was mis-numbered as bear 153.They are now thought to be the same bear."

2017:  3 Yearlings, Lost 1 Soon After

171 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 42:

Summer 2017:

2017 Season:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2017 season video of bear family groups.  171 and her cubs appear at the 20:42 mark.:

Bear families 2017 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

Bear families 2017 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

Cam viewer, Cruiser captured these snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 171 and her 2 remaining yearlings during the 2017 season:

171 and her 2 yearlings can be seen in this 2017 video by Karen Hanson from 4:20-4:40. Click the blue box to watch on Vimeo.

Brooks Falls Highlights, 2017, video by Karen Hanson

Brooks Falls Highlights, 2017, video by Karen Hanson

July 2017:

171 initially returned to the Brooks River with all three yearlings from her 2016 litter, but was soon after seen with only two remaining yearlings.  Both of these remaining yearlings were very small, and often treed themselves in the presence of other bears.

2017.07.??:  171 with her two remaining yearlings video  by Amalia Garduno (Mocha):
Katmai 2017 Sow two July 2017 by Amalia Garduno

Katmai 2017 Sow two July 2017 by Amalia Garduno

2017.07.??:  Park visitor and cam viewer, bearskibear shared these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 171 with her 2 remaining yearlings taken by someone in bearskibear's travel group.  The 1st photo was the first bear jam that their group experienced during their trip.  

2017.07.?? (Mid July around the 23rd):  Park visitor and cam viewer, JstDucky captured this photo of 171 and her two remaining yearlings during her visit to Brooks Camp.  

Please request jstducky's permission  prior to using her photographs! 

2017.07.10:   171 and her two remaining yearlings video by Melissa Freels:

171 2 Yearlings Arrive, July 10, 2017 by Melissa Freels

171 2 Yearlings Arrive, July 10, 2017 by Melissa Freels

171 and her two remaining yearlings video by Brenda D:
07.10

07.10.2017 - Mama with 2 Yearlings From Bridge to Point video by Brenda D


2017.07.23:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Scammin , captured these photos of 171 and her two remaining yearlings:  Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 , Photo #4 , Photo #5 , and Photo #6Scammin also shared this July 23, 2017 photo of 171 and her two remaining yearlings.  Scammin also shared this information about 171.: "From what I remember she looked so distinctive when I saw her compared to the other sows. Maybe it was because the three days I was there it was so sunny and her coat seemed to shine." Please request Scammin's permission prior to using their photographs!

2017.07.26-07.28:  Spotted Dog Media (Karen Hanson) captured 9 photos of 171 and her 2 yearlings on 7/26/2017. Photos #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 and #9.  An additional photo of 171 and her 2 yearlings was captured on 7/28/2017.

2017.07.29:   Martina captured this video of 171 and her two remaining yearlings:

2017 07 29 LR 171 and her two remaining yearlings video by Martina

2017 07 29 LR 171 and her two remaining yearlings video by Martina

Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 171 and her two remaining yearlings:
171 Yearlings and 435 Coys July 29 2017 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

171 Yearlings and 435 Coys July 29 2017 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

August 2017:

2017.08.05:  Flyer 7474 captured 8/5/2017 video of 171 and her 2 yearlings on the lower river.

171 and Yearlings Aug 5 2017, video by flyer 7474

171 and Yearlings Aug 5 2017, video by flyer 7474

2017.08.06:  171 and 2 remaining yearlings exploring the boats and NPS barge video by Melissa Freels:

171 and Cubs, Boat Inspections, August 6, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

171 and Cubs, Boat Inspections, August 6, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

September 2017:

2017.09.11:  Cam viewer, Bookmom shared these snapshots of 171 and her 2 remaining yearlings (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6 ).:

171 with her 2 remaining yearlings video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

171 and Her Yearlings on the Lower Brooks River 2017 09 11 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

171 and Her Yearlings on the Lower Brooks River 2017 09 11 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.13 or Prior:  Explore Bears & Bison Highlights video of 171 and 2 remaining yearlings.  Published September 13, 2017:

Cubs Stay Close to Mom - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

Cubs Stay Close to Mom - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

2017.09.14:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Lee (aka RiverPA), captured these photos of the 171 family group:  Photo #1 171 with both remaining yearlings, Photo #2 171 with 1 of 2 remaining yearlings, and Photo #3 171 only:

Please request Lee (aka RiverPA)'s permission prior to using their photos!

2017.09.15:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Lee (aka RiverPA), captured these photos of the 171 family group.  Photo #1 one of two remaining yearlings, Photo #2 one of two remaining yearlings, and Photo #3 one of two remaining yearlings:

Please request Lee (aka RiverPA)'s permission prior to using their photos!

2017.09.18:  171 with her 2 remaining yearlings near the floating bridge video by Birgitt:

171 & Yearlings By Bridge 2017-09-18 by Birgitt

171 & Yearlings By Bridge 2017-09-18 by Birgitt

2018:  Single Adult Female

171 was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 43:

2018 Season:

Cam viewer, JG captured these snapshots of 171 during the 2018 season (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 & #13 .):

Park visitor, Mike Weagley captured this July 2018 video that includes:  171 sitting on the log at 0:41, .151 Walker at 0:55, 854 Divot at 1:02, and 504 at 2:02.  We are uncertain of the ID of the sow in the beginning of this video.:

Katmai National Park 20 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Katmai National Park 20 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

July 2018:

2018.07.??:  Katmai National Park and Preserve Facebook shared this July, 2018 R. Taylor photo of 171 on 6/4/2020.

2018.07.05:  NWBearLove92 shared 7/5/2019 photos of 171 on 5/5/2020,  #1, #2, #3 and #4. NWBearLove92 shared 7/5/2018 photos of 171 on 5/10/2020, #1 and #2.

Please request NWBearLove92's permission prior to using any of their photographs!

2018.07.06:  Truman Everts shared this 7/6/2018 photo  of 171 on 5/7/2020.

Please request Truman Everts' permission prior to using his photographs!


2018:07:09: 171 was seen and identified during a Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Taylor Play by Play on 7/9/2018  at 25:22.

07.09

07.09.2018 - Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Play by Play-2

171 sits on 89 Backpack's rock in this 7/9/2018 video by Lani H.

171 sitting on backpacks rock 7 9 2018, video by Lani H

171 sitting on backpacks rock 7 9 2018, video by Lani H

2018.07.??:  Costel Necula filmed a very thin 171 at Brooks Falls in July 2018. Note: This video has been removed by Mr Necula. Thumbnail will be left in place.

Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 July, video by Costel Necula

Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 July, video by Costel Necula.

2018.07.13:  171 is seen eating at "Alice's restaurant", 7/13/2018 video by Lani H.

171 eating at Alice's restaurant 7 13 2018 appx 12 30pm AK, video by Lani H

171 eating at Alice's restaurant 7 13 2018 appx 12 30pm AK, video by Lani H

​​​2018.07.20 or PRIOR:  171 can be seen having a contact interation with another bear toward the end of this video by Anita Pava:

Grizzly Bears feed at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park – July 2018

Grizzly Bears feed at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park – July 2018

2018.07.23: This is a very interesting video by Lani H on 7/23/2018. At 1:18, 171 is on the left, 503 is in the middle and 409 Beadnose on the right bluff charges 503. At 1:39, 171 and 409 Beadnose appear to greet each other.

Meet and greet between 409, 171, and 503, video by Lani H

Meet and greet between 409, 171, and 503, video by Lani H

September 2018:

2018.09.22:  Footage of 171 is part of this Explore Recorder video : 171 is seen at 3:52.

River Watch Bear Cam 09-22-2018 14 01 55 - 15 01 55 Explore Recorder

River Watch Bear Cam 09-22-2018 14 01 55 - 15 01 55 Explore Recorder

171 on the lower river, 9/22/2018 video by Lani H.

171 (?) on lower river 9 22 2018, video by Lani H

171 (?) on lower river 9 22 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.23:  171 near the point and the corner, 9/23/2018 video by Lani H.

171 near point and corner 9 23 2018, video by Lani H

171 near point and corner 9 23 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.25:  610 and another subadult on the spit with 132 and her spring cub plus 171, 9/25/2018 video by Lani H. 610 is near and the subadult is far in the beginning of the video. At 1:06, 132 and her yearling cub can be seen on the right of the screen with 610 to the left. At 1:31, 171 is viewed sitting on the right.

610 and another subadult on spit with 132 and coy, plus 171 9 25 2018, video by Lani h

610 and another subadult on spit with 132 and coy, plus 171 9 25 2018, video by Lani h


2018.09.28:  171 video by Birgitt:

171 Comes Ashore RW Cam 2018-09-28 by Birgitt

171 Comes Ashore RW Cam 2018-09-28 by Birgitt

94 bluff charges 171, 9/28/2018 video by Lani H.

94 bluff charges 171 (?) 9 28 2018, video by Lani H

94 bluff charges 171 (?) 9 28 2018, video by Lani H

Lani H captured a good close-up video of 171 at the lower river bridge gate on 9/28/2018.

Good close up of 171 near bridge 9 28 2018, video by Lani H

Good close up of 171 near bridge 9 28 2018, video by Lani H


2018.09.29:  171 on the spit video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

Bear 171 on spit RW Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 09 29 by Erum Chad

Bear 171 on spit RW Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 09 29 by Erum Chad

2019:  Adult Female with 2 Spring Cubs one was a Male, 3rd Known Litter, Lost 1 Spring Cub

171 returned to the Brooks River with her 3rd known litter, 2 spring cubs.

2019 Season:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2019 season video of 171 and her 2 spring cubs .

Bear 171 and cubs 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 171 and cubs 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

One of 171's spring cubs is/was a male.  It is not known which spring cub 171 lost, so the sex of the remaining cub is not determined.  Mazey's October 16, 2019 11:23 comment .:

GreenRiver shared these 2019 season art snapshots of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 5/10/2020, #1 and #2. CarolineB shared these 2019 season snapshots of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 5/10/2020, #1, #2 and#3.



June 2019:

2019.06.26-06.27: Park visitor David Hunter captured 2 photos of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 6/26/19 and 6/27/19.

2019.06.27:  On 6/27/2019, Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat to announce the arrival of 171 with 2 spring cubs  and shared 3 photos, #1,  #2  and #3. Ranger Naomi's comment which also included news regarding other bears: "Greetings from Brooks Falls. I know people are very excited to see pictures that are not on the cams. I wish I were able to watch the cams more! I had wonderful ranger duties yesterday at the Falls and on the bridge. So many bears are here now. I understand from Mike Fitz that 89 (the bear that got me addicted to these cams) and 503 are here! Be still my heart. But you probably already know this.
Below are some pictures I took by the bridge on the lower river. Three yearlings -- not sure who the mother is because there are three sows with three cubs here this year. And, our first sow with spring cubs, cubs of the year. The sow is 171. Confirmed by Mike Fitz.


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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs, 1 of which is riding on her back on June 27, 2019 at 15:53 (p 09/27/19 21:13).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs, 1 of which is riding on her back on June 27, 2019 at 15:54 (p 09/07/19 07.41).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs, 1 of which is riding on her back on June 27, 2019 at 15:59 (p 11/11/19 09:40).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on June 27, 2019 at 15:59 (p 11/13/19 04.49). 

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2019.06.29:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs tucked underneath of her belly on June 29, 2019 at 12:44.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs at a bend in the Brooks River on June 29, 2019 at 14:30.

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Cam viewers had their first look at the 171 family on 6/29/2019 as they are seen in the oxbow area, video by Birgitt. 

171 & Her Two Spring Cubs First View 2019-06-29 17-40-22-708

171 & Her Two Spring Cubs First View 2019-06-29 17-40-22-708

171 and her 2 spring cubs were observed again on 6/29/2019 moving through the tall grass on the lower river, video by Lani H. 

171 and coys 6 29 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coys 6 29 2019, video by Lani H


2019.06.30:  Melissa Freels captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs. Melissa Freels captured a 2nd photo of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 6/30/2019.

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:48 (p 11/21/19 04:50).  Truman Everts captured this photograph  of 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:48 (p 08/31/19 13:10).  Truman Everts captured this photograph  of 171's larger spring cub on a log on June 30, 2019 at 11:48 (p 08/10/19 17.46).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs trying to follow 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:48.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's two spring cubs as they wind up for mini-battle #6734 on June 30, 2019 at 11:48. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 5/5/2020.

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:49.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub on June 30, 2019 at 11:49; Truman shared this information about this photo..."That is a little face full of determination: Mum (171) is moving west towards Closed Trail, and this tiny spring cub has to take 5 or 6 quick little steps, per Mom step, to try to keep up with her."  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cubs as it hustles to keep up with mom on June 30, 2019 at 11:49.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub standing in very shallow water on June 30, 2019 at 11:49.   Truman Everts captured these two photographs (#1  & #2 ) of the 171's on June 30, 2019 at 11:49 (p 08/31/19 09.29). Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 1 of 171's 2 spring cubs. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 171's 2 spring cubs on 5/10/2020.  Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 1 of 171's 2 spring cubs on 5/18/2020.

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub being overly aggressive with the larger of the 2 spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:50.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub on June 30, 2019 at 11:50; Truman shared this information about this photo..."171 spring cub nervously standing before Mum's judgement. The cub had been kind of rough on his/her sibling and 171 was seemingly unhappy (I posted a very similar pic, with sow's nose in it a while back...I think it got painted) about it. A moment later Mum swatted this tiny cub...and tomorrow I'll post a pic of the cub's expression, after being chastised."  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub with part of 171's muzzle in view on June 30, 2019 at 11:50.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub on June 30, 2019 at 11:50; Truman shared this information about this photo..." Shortly after we see 171's adorable little spring cub, standing, anticipating a bit of punishment from Mum (which did indeed come, in the form of a big paw swipe to that little face) there's this: A dear snapshot that could be interpreted 10 different ways...IF one didn't know that Mum had just swatted that face."   Truman Everts captured this photograph  of 171's smallest spring cub just trying to stay near mom on June 30, 2019 at 11:50. 

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of one of 171's spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:51.  Truman Everts captured this photograph  of 171's smallest spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:51.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub...tiny but expressive face on June 30, 2019 at 11:51. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 171's smallest spring cub on 5/22/2020.

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:53.  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:53.  Truman Everts again captured 171 in this June 30, 2019 11:53 photograph   Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:53 (p 07/12/19 13:10). Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 171 standing on 5/10/2020. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 art photo of 171 on 5/10/2020.


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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:54.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 on June 30, 2019 at 11:56.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:56.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 11:57.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 at 11:59; Truman shared the following information about this photograph: "Brooks Camp - You Are There, Part 151: It's always pays to look carefully...a bear can appear anywhere...Brooks is their backyard...Ninety percent chance that that big lower canine belongs to 171." Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 171 with 1 of her 2 spring cubs on 5/19/2020. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 1 of 171's 2 spring cubs on 5/20/2020. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of one of 171's spring cubs on 6/3/2020. "I really treasure my snapshots in which a cub's little natal collar can be clearly seen...thus, this close up of a 171 spring cub, last June, really makes me smile..."

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with leading her 2 spring cubs through Brooks Camp.  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 171 leading her 2 spring cubs through Brooks Camp on June 30, 2019 at 13:42.  This Truman Everts' 2019 Brooks Camp experience became his 1st 2019 "Brooks Camp ~ You are there" segment...

"Brooks Camp - You Are There, Part 94 First "You Are There" in a year!  Usually when bears suddenly appear right in the middle of camp, visitors are caught flatfooted,and it happens so fast that it's hard to get a good photo. This time, however, I'd been in the lower river area, and saw her leading her cubs toward camp...thus, I was actually ready when they stepped through the cabins"

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 nursing her 2 spring cubs on June 30, 2019 at 14:55. Truman Everts shared this 6/30/2019 photo of 171 and her 2 spring cubs nursing on 5/9/2020.

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The 171 family was seen walking along the closed trail with the lower river platform in the background on 6/30/2019, video by flyer 7474.

171-2coys Along the Riverwalk 2019 06 30, video by flyer 7474

171-2coys Along the Riverwalk 2019 06 30, video by flyer 7474

171 and her 2 spring cubs were also seen the same day walking in the oxbow area, 6/30/2019 video by Ratna Narayan.

More 171 and coys 6 30 2019 video by Ratna Narayan

More 171 and coys 6 30 2019 video by Ratna Narayan

171 and her 2 spring cubs sensing danger 6/30/2019 video by Cruiser.

171 with coys sensing danger high tails it! Jun 30 2019, video by Cruiser

171 with coys sensing danger high tails it! Jun 30 2019, video by Cruiser

Cruiser shared this 6/30/2019 GIF of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 5/10/2020.

In this June video  by Marvin Neitzert it was stated that the visit to Brooks Camp was in late June. 171 is observed walking along the lower river with her 2 spring cubs, 13:37-14:27. 

The bears of Brooks Falls, video by Marvin Neitzert

The bears of Brooks Falls, video by Marvin Neitzert

June 2019 or July 2019 (prior to July 20th or 21st):

2019.06.?? or 2019.07.??:  171 with her 2 spring cubs can be seen in this video by Jason.:

Katmai National Park棕熊捕鮭魚 June or Early July 2019 by Jason

Katmai National Park棕熊捕鮭魚 June or Early July 2019 by Jason

2019.06.?? - 2019.07.??:  Devon Holmberg (aka born2flyalaska) videos of 171 with 2 spring cubs:  #1 , #2 , #3  & #4

July 2019:

2019.07.??:  Kara Stenberg captured this photograph of 171 nursing her spring cubs that was shared in the Brooks Lodge January 16, 2020 09:42 Facebook post .  The Katmai Air passengers are more than 100 yards away from the family group:

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2019.07.??: In a July 2019 video by Tomasz J. Kierkowicz, 171 and her 2 cubs are seen on the closed path at 0:08-0:23 and 1:02-1:08.

Brown Bears at Katmai National Park, Brooks Falls Mother with Cubs Niedźwiedzie na Alasce , video by Tomasz J

Brown Bears at Katmai National Park, Brooks Falls Mother with Cubs Niedźwiedzie na Alasce , video by Tomasz J. Kierkowicz


2019.07.01:  Video by Kara Stenberg.  Sow 171 treed her cubs outside of employee housing in Brooks Camp due to a sub-adult bear following her. This was in the evening and employees were coming home from work. I paused videoing for a minute to yell to people to go around the long way so as to avoid her, which they did, but she did go to investigate. After, she seemed much more calm not seeing the other bear, so she called her cubs back down and wandered off. Just a couple minutes later, though, the other bear walked by, following her again. It's a young bear and probably not much of a threat to her cubs, but a mother can never be too safe, which is why mother bears will tree their cubs fairly often, both to get them away from danger and also to wrangle them into a single spot so the mom can get some "work done" like fishing. You can hear 171 huffing and jaw popping in the video. The subadult appeared to be 901. 

171 treeing spring cubs July 1, 2019 by Kara Stenberg-0

171 treeing spring cubs July 1, 2019 by Kara Stenberg-0

Truman Everts shared this 7/1/2019 photo of 171 and her 2 spring cubs near Naknek Lake on 4/15/2020.

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Ratna Narayan captured an interesting video of 171 and her 2 spring cubs on 7/1/2019. The family is seen at the closed trail then travel over to the oxbow. The cubs sit on the bank as 171 travels through the water. One cub follows a short way and retreats to the bank. 171 continues fishing successfully as the cubs are hidden in the tall grass. 171 is known to hide or stash her cubs when fishing. 

171 and coys 7 1 2019 video by Ratna Narayan

171 and coys 7 1 2019 video by Ratna Narayan

2019.07.02:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub standing on July 2, 2019 at 08:35.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 10:34.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 10:41. Truman Everts shared this 7/2/2019 photo of a 171 spring cub on 4/7/2020.

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:27.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub on July 2, 2019 at 22:28.  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub on July 2, 2019 at 22:28.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub on July 2, 2019 at 22:29.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's smallest spring cub scratching it's ear on July 2, 2019 at 22:29 (p 09/04/19 18:50).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:29 (p 08/29/19 11:23).  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:29 (p 08/23/19 16:15). Truman Everts shared this 7/2/2019 photo of 1 of 171's 2 spring cubs. "Spring cub reacts to a close whiff of the doody in front of her..."

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Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs as they run to catch up with 171 on July 2, 2019 at 22:31.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 on July 2, 2019 at 22:32.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 1 of 171's spring cubs standing on July 2, 2019 at 22:32.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's spring cub standing on the closed trail on July 2, 2019 at 22:32; Truman shared this information about this photo: "The jury is out on what impact the new bridge will have on the bears. NPS is monitoring and watching closely.  No matter what position anyone may have taken before it was built, now that it's there, everyone wants it to make life easier/less stressful on the bear residents. What is not in doubt, though, is that the design allows visitors (and those at home, via the cams) to view the bears better.  This shot of a spring cub--on the so-called "Closed trail"--would simply not have been possible in 2018."  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:36.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:37 (01).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:37 (04) (p 12/07/19 04:23 ).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:37 (03).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs on July 2, 2019 at 22:37 (02).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with 1 of her 2 spring cubs visible in the image (the other cub was behind her, both cubs still remained with 171) on July 2, 2019 at 22.37.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs on the closed trail on July 2, 2019 at 22:38.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of one of 171's spring cubs as it "scratched behind her ear for maybe a minute" on July 2, 2019 at 22:39. Truman Everts shared (share #1 and share #2 ) 7/2/2019 photos of 171 and her 2 spring cubs, photo #1 and photo #2. Truman Everts shared a photo of 1 of 171's cubs scratching on 7/2/2019.

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On 7/2/2019 171 and her 2 spring cubs were observed traveling from the point to the closed trail. As the cubs sit on the high bank, 171 can be seen fishing in the background. The cubs seem to be alert to danger and 171 rushes over to them, video by Martina.

2019-7-2 171 & COY`s RW-LR, video by Markindify

2019-7-2 171 & COY`s RW-LR, video by Markindify

Kara Stenberg video of 171 again treeing her cubs by the lodge on 7/2/2019.

171 & cubs by lodge, video by Kara Stenberg

171 & cubs by lodge, video by Kara Stenberg

2019.07.03:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs in Tuckerville on July 3, 2019 at 10:39 (p 09/08/19 07:27); Truman shared this "Brooks Camp ~ You are there" information about this photo: "Technically, this is definitely in camp, but it's an area locals call 'Tuckerville,' which most visitors never see.  This was kind of a comical moment:  The cubs were trying to figure out whether they needed to respond to the Bear Management gentleman,  who was gently, appropriately, trying to move them out of camp. (that's who the cub is looking at).  Mom--on the other hand--was letting him know, that "No," she would do her own thing at her own pace."  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 171 with her 2 spring cubs in Tuckerville on July 3, 2019 at 10:39.  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs in Tuckerville; Truman shared this information about this photograph:  "Brooks Camp - You Are There, Part 101: There's a living area for lodge employees (I believe locals call it 'Tuckerville') and occasionally sows will hang out there...presumably because there's perceived safety. On this day the bear tech had a tough time convincing the sow to move her cubs away."  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 171's 2 spring cubs strolling through Brooks Camp (behind 171, 171 out of frame) on July 3, 2019 at 10:40.:

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2019.07.05:  Lani H's 7/5/2019 video of 171 and her 2 cubs on the closed trail.

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 5 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 5 2019, video by Lani H

171 was seen fishing at Brooks Falls on 7/5/2019, video by mckate. She must have been very hungry to fish at the falls with so many other bears close by. The cubs must have been treed which is often the case with 171. 

5 Jul 2019 171 Fishes the Falls, video by mckate

5 Jul 2019 171 Fishes the Falls, video by mckate


2019.07.08:  NWBearLove92 shared 7/8/2019 photos of 171's 2 spring cubs in chat on 3/24/2020. Photos #1, #2 and #3.  NWBearLove92 stated: "These are 171’s spring cubs from 7/8/19. She had treed them near the campground. Cub in first 2 photos was awake, but the other cub was sleeping...with tongue out!" NWBearLove92 shared 5 additional 7/8/2019 photos of 171's treed cubs on 5/10/2020, #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5. "171 treed both cubs near the campground entrance. We were able to view them from inside the campground area. It was so exciting to see them. One cub was wide awake and keeping an eye on us. The other cub was harder to see and was taking a nap. It was around 11:00 pm on 7/8/19."

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On 7/8/2019, 171 was observed on the lower river without her cubs, snapshot by Mazey. Mike Fitz commented later in the day that "171 has reunited with her cubs. She left them in a tree next to Brooks Lodge."  In a 2nd comment Mike said ""Yes, I've seen this happen twice right outside Brooks Lodge in the past week."

2019.07.11:  The 171 family was observed on the closed trail on 7/11/2019, video by Lani H. 
171 and 2 coy on the closed trail 7 11 2019, video by Lani H

171 and 2 coy on the closed trail 7 11 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.16:  171's spring cubs could be seen climbing a tree at the corner, 7/16/2019 video by Lani H. 

171 and coy near corner, coy climb tree 7 16 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy near corner, coy climb tree 7 16 2019, video by Lani H

In a 2nd 7/16/2019 video by Lani H, the 171 family is seen on the closed trail.

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 16 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 16 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.18:  RV Dreams July 18, 2019 photographs of 171 with her 2 spring cubs:  Page 2 photos 45-50, Page 3 photos 51-62 and 66-75, Page 4 photos 76-92.

Birgitt captured this video of 171 with her 2 spring cubs nursing on the Closed Trail. 171 becomes alarmed and sits up to continue nursing while being cautious.

171 Nursing coy "Mommy! We're not done!" 2019-07-18 18-04-21-476 by Birgitt

171 Nursing coy "Mommy! We're not done!" 2019-07-18 18-04-21-476 by Birgitt

Erum Chad captured video of 171 treeing her cubs by the corner on 7/18/2019. 171 sensed a threat to her cubs and can be seen both chasing an unseen bear towards camp and moving subadults away from the area.

Tutorial by bear 171 "How to park your cubs on tree" -) Brooks Falls 2019 07 18, video by Erum Chad

Tutorial by bear 171 "How to park your cubs on tree" -) Brooks Falls 2019 07 18, video by Erum Chad

2019.07.19:  Mckate video of 171's 2 spring cubs in a wrestling session on 7/19/2019. 

19 Jul 2019 171's Cubs Wrestle, video by mckate

19 Jul 2019 171's Cubs Wrestle, video by mckate

2019.07.20:  171 was last observed with both of her spring cubs on 7/20/2019, video by Cruiser.

171 & coys River Watch Jul 20 2019, video by Cruiser

171 & coys River Watch Jul 20 2019, video by Cruiser

Birgitt recorded 171 alone twice on 7/20/2019. In the 1st video, 171 rests by the corner.

171 Sleeping on the Point Cubs Not Visible 2019-07-20 12-41-33-570, video by Birgitt

171 Sleeping on the Point Cubs Not Visible 2019-07-20 12-41-33-570, video by Birgitt

In the 2nd video 171 is seen fishing on the lower river by herself.

171 w No Cubs Pt 1 2019-07-20 17-17-40-137, video by Birgitt-0

171 w No Cubs Pt 1 2019-07-20 17-17-40-137, video by Birgitt-0

2019.07.20 - 2019.07.21:  Sometime around July 20, 2019 and July 21, 2019 , 171 lost one of her two spring cubs.  Rangers did not witness the circumstances that lead to 171 losing this offspring, but they do discuss it in this July 29, 2019 live chat .  Rangers said she had a personality change after that. She was charging Rangers in camp and the surviving cub was very scared and clinging underneath her. The discussion can be heard from 28:40-29:29.

07.29

07.29.2019 - Sows and Cubs with Rangers Barbara and Naomi by Brenda D

Discussions as to which spring cub 171 lost and which cub remains with her have evolved.:

When a sow loses a cub, the discussion of which cub was lost comes up.  Mazey compared fur color on 171's two spring cub's faces awhile ago. Mazey thought the large cub's was dark and the runt's was lighter brown, but couldn't be positive.  Some might find it strange that individuals wonder which cub was lost.  Observations over the years have shown that larger cubs will often wander further away from their mother while smaller cubs tend to remain in closer proximity to the safety of their mother.  What we would like to learn from trying to determine which cub(s) of a litter are lost, is if larger cubs wandering at greater distance may play a role in larger cubs being lost and if smaller cubs are more likely to survive because they stay so close to their mother.

Goldilocks Canada has participated in some of those overversations and shared this information on January 30, 2020 at 11:33  with supporting pics:  #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6Goldilocks added one more snapshot ::

"While reading this, was just reminded of our “conversation” as to which cub 171 lost. Both of us felt that it was the smaller cub. You posted a video of 171 and surviving cub on the Valley Road. Here is a screen grab of the surviving cub standing. As well as a pic I took of the smaller cub’s natal collar. (Note the darker patch, in the collar, near the cub’s left shoulder area in both pics.) I was sure that I had also gotten a pic of the larger cub’s chest.....have searched for it to no avail. ;))) I remember thinking that there were clear differences in the chest pattern.....though it was quite similar.
I came across this collage that Martina did in my photos the other day (I have enlarged one of the pics in the collage). It clearly shows that the larger cub had a patch of white near the nape of it’s neck. The smaller cub had no white in that area.
Here are some screen grabs I took of the surviving cub, from slightly different angles, on July 23/19. I see no evidence of a white patch in that area.
Some might say, “why does it matter?”. In the time of the cams, I believe I have observed that the majority of cubs that are lost are not the smallest ones (the ones we often perceive to be the weakest, most vulnerable ones). “IF” my observations are correct what are the possible reasons.....Do the bigger cubs take more risks? Are they more likely to leave a larger distance between themselves and their protective mothers? ....etc....etc?"

Mazey replied on February 1, 2020 06:32 :

"...That is a great pick up re: the dark spot on the shoulder of the cub. I also think that the X on the chest would really tell us which cub was lost. I have done a quick look through my bookmarks to see if the larger cub has the same X natal collar on its chest and have not found any photos. I will try to find some photos on Monday. Here are a few to look through although it mostly confirms the X collar on the smaller cub.
born2flyalaska Instagram (he had lots of interactions with 171 and cubs on the beach):

Devon Holmberg (aka born2flyalaska) videos of 171 with 2 spring cubs:  #1 , #2 , #3  & #4

RV Dreams has tons of July 18, 2019 photographs:  Page 3 , Page 4 , Page 5 & Page 6 ..."

KCanada & Goldilocks Canada continue the discussion

​​2019.07.21:  Dennis Harmon captured 171 and her remaining spring cub in this video on July 21, 2019.  Mr Harmon confirmed that this video was filmed on 7/21/2019. The cub's face appears to be light brown .:
Too close for comfort 171 with her remaining spring cub July 21, 2019 by Dennis Harmon

Too close for comfort 171 with her remaining spring cub July 21, 2019 by Dennis Harmon

Cam viewer and NPS volunteer Stacey shared her story of observing 171 on 7/21/2019 with only 1 spring cub.

Part 1:

Here's Part One of my 171 story. It's kind of background.

The adventure is in Part 2, which I'll post shortly.

Bear 171 in 2019, Part 1: In July 2019, Bear 171 and her two spring cubs were ubiquitous at Brooks Camp.

The light-colored mom and her two tiny cubs of the year were first spotted at Brooks Camp in late June, and in the first part of July, the family group was a central and well photographed presence in camp—that is, the human-populated area around Brooks Lodge, the Visitor Center and the Ranger Station.

171 would nurse her cubs on the beach in front of the Visitor Center—welcoming arriving guests, and creating a bear jam that forced them to walk down the beach and take an alternate route to their mandatory, first-thing-when-you-arrive bear orientation. The cubs learned to climb the flagpole in front of the VC, delighting departing guests who were waiting to catch their afternoon flights.

For several consecutive days in July, a persistent and curious subadult followed the family group through camp, causing 171 to tree her cubs outside the lodge (or outside the yurt, or outside the ranger station) while she waited patiently below for the subadult to leave. Even after a few days, once the subadult had moved on to other adventures, she treed her cubs, more than once, just outside the Visitor Center, causing rangers to strategize alternate visitor routes and escorts between the VC, the food cache, the lodge and the plane landing/loading area on Naknek Beach.

As a mother bear, there are lots of things to worry about: Bigger bears, sometimes-unpredictable humans and so much more. When 171 was worried about one of those perceived threats, she’d send them up a tree.

At Brooks Camp, it’s not unusual for mother bears to use human groups as protection for their cubs. Moms will often nurse their cubs near Brooks Lodge overnight. We’ve seen 128 Grazer, 402 and other moms “park” their cubs next to the viewing platforms while they fish; the logic seems to be that the since big male bears tend to avoid the viewing platforms—and other areas with humans—those areas may be a safe place for moms to leave cubs while they fish and gain the calories necessary to keep themselves and their cubs fed.

But 171’s behavior in July 2019 seemed somewhat different (to me, anyway). In the first part of July, anecdotally, she seemed to be seen in the human-populated areas of camp more often than other bears. And her safety procedure was clearly to send her cubs up a tree. A knowledgeable volunteer described 171’s behavior during that period as “indecisive”; he worried that 171 was so focused on protecting her cubs that she wasn’t getting the calories she’d need to help the cubs succeed. (To be fair, July 2019 was incredibly warm—with air temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and water temperatures in the low 70s—so there was a long stretch in early July when the Brooks River salmon run was much lower than normal. It may be that 171’s presence in camp was a reflection of the fact that there just weren’t a lot of salmon to be had in the river.)

Part 2:

Here's Part 2 of my 171 story.

I call it: Mom with Single Cub on the Trail

Sunday, July 21, was a day off for me. I’d spent time at volunteer housing, cleaning and doing laundry, then headed down to the river to watch and talk w/people about bears.

I made a quick stop at the Brooks Falls platform, to pick up a water bottle that I’d forgotten there the night before.

Water bottle in hand, I joined several guests who were leaving the platform and heading toward camp. It was just before 10:45 a.m.

We chatted as we walked down the Brooks Falls Trail, away from the viewing platforms. And then, when we were about two-thirds of the way down the trail, heading toward the pit toilets, we spotted a light blond bear, spring cub at her heels, approaching us on the path.

She was walking briskly and determinedly, so our group moved quickly off the trail to let the family group pass.

As we stood together in the forest, about 8 feet off the trail, the family group walked toward us on the trail. And then, right in front of us, they stopped.

This, for me, was unusual. Usually when you encounter a bear on the trail, you step aside, the bear walks past, and everyone goes about their business. Sometimes, an inquisitive subadult will try to follow you into the woods—though they usually move on once they hear human voices. But I’d never had a bear stop right in front of me on the trail before.

I immediately noticed something else unusual: This bear had only one spring cub.

“This surprises me,” I said to the guests who were with me in the woods. “I’m not sure which bear this is: I think it's Bear 171, but it might be Bear 719, or it might be the unidentified mom who was reported in camp early in the season. All of those bears are light colored like this one—but all of those bears have two spring cubs.

“So unless this is a new bear who’s just arrived with one spring cub, I’m concerned that this might be a mom who's missing a cub.”

Often, when you’re with a group of people off trail, waiting for a bear to go past, there’s a lot of chatter. People are filming and taking photos, of course, but we’re also following the instructions from bear school—you’re talking so that the bear hears your voice and moves past. Usually, it’s “Hey, bear.” “It’s okay, bear.” “Keep on walking, bear.” “Thank you, bear.”

But in this case, my group was very quiet.

The bear was stopped on the trail, looking back the way she came. Her tiny cub stood close to her legs. I talked, kind of narrating what I was seeing, and the group listened, taking photos and filming video. It seemed like we were all holding our breath, waiting for the second cub to arrive.

But the second cub never came.

I observed at the time that the mother bear didn’t seem agitated; she was sniffing the air occasionally, but she wasn’t huffing and she didn’t seem frantic. She was watching the trail behind her—it seemed that she might have been waiting for the cub, or maybe she was watching out for another bear? She seemed quite comfortable with our presence; she wasn’t in a hurry to move away.

After a few minutes, the mom and cub turned back down the trail the way they’d came.

“We’ll wait here,” I said, to my group in the woods. “We want to give her lots of extra space in case she’s looking for her cub.”

The mom and cub walked a few feet down the trail, toward the toilets, never leaving our view. Then they stopped again, and then they returned to their first waiting spot in front of us.

The mom still seemed unperturbed. Our group stayed in the woods, watching and talking quietly about what we were seeing. After about five minutes, the two bears moved up the trail, heading toward Brooks Falls.

Usually, once a bear moves past, the people waiting want to move out of the woods right away.

But in this case, “Let’s just wait here for a while,” I said. “I want to see if that other cub comes along.”

“That’s okay,” someone said softly from the trees behind me. “We have time.” (The patience and kindness in his voice made me want to cry.)

We waited another six or eight minutes, with no signs of bears. And then we moved out onto the trail.

As our group walked down the Falls Trail, heading away from the viewing platforms and toward camp, we talked quietly and kept our eyes open for bears. I’ll admit that I was especially looking in the trees.

We saw no other bears, and we saw no people, until we reached the Lower River platforms.

I notified the bear management rangers that I’d seen a mom with a single spring cub, and that I thought it was 171. (“Oh, that’s interesting,” was the immediate response.) And later in the day, I started hearing reports that 171 had been spotted with one spring cub. There were no reports of lone cubs.

GreenRiver posted below that “When one of our sows looses a coy, instead of thinking the little one has died, I prefer to imagine that somewhere out there is another “cubadult” that we will never know about. Another coy or yearling whose amazing story will never be known or celebrated by us, but who is out there anyway, perhaps with an even more incredible story than our known 503 and 610.”

That’s how I’ll choose to think about 171’s missing coy.

And as 2019 went on, I was repeatedly struck by the audacity and boldness of 171’s surviving cub. Who knows how his story has changed by the loss of his sibling?

So here’s to 171: A mom who tries. A mom who raised a bold and tenacious cub through the summer of 2019. And a mom who taught me -- and many visitors -- many lessons this past July.

2019.07.23:  The next time 171 was observed on the cams was on 7/23/2019 and she only had 1 cub. She was seen on the closed trail twice (#1 and #2) and #3,  napping on the point, all 3 videos by Lani H.

171 and 1 coy 7 23 2019, video by Lani H

171 and 1 coy 7 23 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 23 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 23 2019, video by Lani H

171 digs a belly hole to take a nap on the point 7 23 2019, video by Lani H

171 digs a belly hole to take a nap on the point 7 23 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.24: 171 and her remaing spring cub on the closed trail, 7/24/2019 video by Lani H.

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 24 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the closed trail 7 24 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.25: Lani H's 7/25/2019 video of 171 and her single spring cub at the oxbow.

171 and coy at the oxbow scavenging 7 25 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy at the oxbow scavenging 7 25 2019, video by Lani H

2019:07:26: 171 and her single spring cub on the lower river, 7/26/2019 video by Lani H.

171 and coy on the lower river 7 26 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the lower river 7 26 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.27:  KCanada captured this snapshot of 171 with her spring cub.

Arleen Beech captured video of 171 and cub on the closed trail and swimming in the lower river on 7/27/2019.

Mom (171) and swimming cubbie on Lower River cam

Mom (171) and swimming cubbie on Lower River cam. 27 July 2019, video by Arlene Beech

2019.07.28:  273 and her 3 spring cubs are seen with 171 and her remaining spring cub in the oxbow area on 7/28/2019, video by Lani H. 171 and her cub are in the foreground.

273 and coy and 171 and coy at the oxbow 7 28 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy and 171 and coy at the oxbow 7 28 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.31: 171 and her spring cub were last seen on 7/31/2019, video by Lani H. They were observed sharing a fish and playing in the lower river. 

171 and coy on the closed trail and snorkeling 7 31 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy on the closed trail and snorkeling 7 31 2019, video by Lani H

171 and her remaining spring cub were not observed on the live cams from 7/31/2019-9/14/2019.

August 2019:

2019.08.05 or Prior:  Sometime between July 20, 2019 and August 5, 2019, Taylor Thomas Albright captured this video of 171 with her remaining spring cub.

August 30, 2019 - September 2, 2019:

2019.08.30 - 2019.09.02:  Over the Labor Day weekend, park visitors filmed 171 and her remaining spring cub on their bus ride to the VTTS (footage is from 2:42-3:01), video by Anna Bader.  Note the interesting "x" shape of the remaining spring cubs's natal colar    Mike Fitz commented on January 31, 08:56 and confirmed the ID of 171 with remaining cub.  Mike also shared this information about the location that the park visitors may have seen 171 with her COY.:  "I can't be sure where on the road the family was seen, but it looks like somewhere around the halfway point on the road, which would be 10-11 miles from Brooks Camp. The first river crossing is about 12 miles from Brooks. They got to see Ukak River in flood too. While it's always muddy in summer with ash and glacial silt, it usually isn't that high."

2019 Sept Katmai Labor Day Weekend 2019 by Anna Bader

2019 Sept Katmai Labor Day Weekend 2019 by Anna Bader

September 2019:

2019.09.14:  171 and her remaining spring cub were not observed on the live cams from 07/31/2019 - 09/14/2019 .  171 and her remaining spring cub returned to Brooks Camp on 9/14/2019 after an abscence of about 6 weeks, video by mckate.

14 Sep 2019 171 and Cub Return, video by mckate

14 Sep 2019 171 and Cub Return, video by mckate

2019.09.16:  171 watches cubs (her 1 remaining spring cub & 708's 2 spring cubs) while 708 naps video by mckate. 171's remaining COY was really interested in 708's 2 COY.:

16 Sep 2019 171 Watches Cubs While 708 Naps by mckate

16 Sep 2019 171 Watches Cubs While 708 Naps by mckate

171 family group and 708 Amelia family group meet video by mckate (long version). The 3 cubs appear curious about each other. Both mothers seem to be at ease with the situation.

16 Sep 2019 171s and 708s Meet (Long Version) by mckate-0

16 Sep 2019 171s and 708s Meet (Long Version) by mckate-0

171's and 708 Amelia's spring cubs ~ Baby Bluff Charge video by Birgitt.  708's blonde female cub does the majority of bluff charging (2:09, 2:17, 3:15, 3:27, 4:33, 5:04, 5:36 and also flips a log  at 6:24). 171's cub makes a slight bluff charge at 5:16.:

171 & 708's Spring Cubs Baby Bluff Charging 2019-09-16 21-42-27-256 by Birgitt

171 & 708's Spring Cubs Baby Bluff Charging 2019-09-16 21-42-27-256 by Birgitt

Scooch shared a 9/16/2019 photo of 171 and her remaining spring cub on 4/23/2020.

Please request Scooch's permission prior to using her photographs!

2019.09.18:  171 and her cub could be viewed by the point and gravel bar on 9/18/2019 video by Lani H. 171 is often observed there as well as the beach and in camp.

171 and coy near point and gravel bar 9 18 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy near point and gravel bar 9 18 2019, video by Lani H

2019.09.22:  Birgitt captured 9/22/2019 video of 610 walking past her Mom 171 (speculated) as the spring cub chases gulls on the spit,  

610 Walks Past Mom 171 & Baby Sibling Chases Gulls 2019-09-22 21-03-04-198, video by Birgitt

610 Walks Past Mom 171 & Baby Sibling Chases Gulls 2019-09-22 21-03-04-198, video by Birgitt

Lani H also captured 9/22/2019 video of 171 and spring cub with 610 on the spit.

171 and coy with 610 on the spit 9 22 2019, video by Lani H

171 and coy with 610 on the spit 9 22 2019, video by Lani H

2019.09.24:  Birgitt filmed 171 and her cub standing and eating scraps on the gravel bar, video from 9/24/2019.

171 & coy Feeding at the Gravel Bar Pt 2 2019-09-24 18-05-01-202, video by Birgitt

171 & coy Feeding at the Gravel Bar Pt 2 2019-09-24 18-05-01-202, video by Birgitt

Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak shared this 9/24/2019 NPS photo of 171 and her remaining spring cub on 5/10/2020. 171 and her cub are pictured in camp "after most rangers and lodge staff have left."

Permission to use her NPS photos posted on the bearcam comments  

2019.09.25:  171 and her spring cub were seen by the point on 9/25/2019, video by mckate.

25 Sep 2019 171's Cub Runs on Ahead, video by mckate

25 Sep 2019 171's Cub Runs on Ahead, video by mckate

2019.09.30: 171 and her thriving spring cub were last observed on the bear cams on 9/30/2019, video by Lani H. The video is well worth the watch. 273 and her 3 spring cubs are resting by the lower river bridge when 171 and her single spring cub approach. The cubs show a lot of curiosity by repeatedly advancing back and forth towards each other. At 11:00, 273's cub bluff charges 273's cubs, immediately makes a sharp right turn and runs back to mom. This cub interaction was a highlight of the season!

This trail isn't big enough for all of us, 273's and 171's coys rumble ;) 9 30 2019, video by Lani H-0

This trail isn't big enough for all of us, 273's and 171's coys rumble ;) 9 30 2019, video by Lani H-0

The 273 family group and the 171 family group meet on the lower river video by Arlene Beech (aka Homebird).:

When bear cubs meet! Lower river cam

When bear cubs meet! Lower river cam. 30 September 2019 by Arlene Beech (aka Homebird) 273 with 3 spring cubs & 171 with 1 spring cub-1

October 2019:  

Note:   The Lower River East Cam was turned off on 10/1/2019 so there was no view of the spit. LR, RW and the UW cam were turned off on 10/10/2019. Sows and cubs may have still been at Brooks Camp after those dates.

2020:  Adult Female (had 1 remaining spring cub in 2019, need to see if she returns with yearling this season)

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Litters of Cubs:

1st Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs

2014:  2 Spring Cubs, 1st Known Litter, Lost 1 (Smaller, Darker)

171 returned to the Brooks River with 2 spring cubs, her 1st known litter.  One of the spring cubs was larger and had a lighter coat.  The other spring cub was noticeably smaller and much darker.  One of these offspring is now believed to be female bear 610.  171 lost the darker, smaller spring cub during the 2014 season (see August 2014 in the Life History Section above).  A small, dark abandoned spring cub was observed for a period of time shortly after 171 was observed with only the larger, lighter remaining spring cub. Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 610 that begins when she was a spring cub with 171 (speculated).  Footage of 171 with her believed offspring, 610 can be seen in the beginning of this video.:

Keeping up with the Brown Bears 610 (beginning in 2014 with 171 and sibling and continuing into the 2019 season) by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)-0

2015:  Single Female (see 2015 Subadult 610 )

When initially observed in the 2015 season, 171 was a single adult female with no remaining yearlings from her 2014 litter.  However, in 2015 there was a small subadult, 610 , that strongly resembled 171's remaining 2014 larger, lighter spring cub.  Some cam viewers speculate that 610 is the 2015 abandoned yearling of 171, and the 2015 bear monitoring records reflect that park staff also share in that speculation .  

2nd Known Litter, 3 Spring Cubs

2016:  3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter

171 returned to the Brooks River with 3 spring cubs, her 2nd known litter.

2017:  3 Yearlings, Lost 1 Soon After the 2 Remaining Yearlings

171 initially returned to the Brooks River with all three yearlings from her 2016 litter, but was soon after seen with only two remaining yearlings.  Both of these remaining yearlings were very small, and often treed themselves in the presence of other bears.

3rd Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs, 1 Is Male, Lost 1 Spring Cub

2019:  2 Spring Cubs, 3rd Known Litter

171 returned with 2 spring cubs, her 3rd known litter.  Sometine around July 20, 2019 and July 21, 2019 , 171 lost one of her two spring cubs.  Rangers did not witness the circumstances that lead to 171 losing this offspring, but they do discuss it in this July 29, 2019 live chat .  Rangers said she had a personality change after that. She was charging Rangers in camp and the surviving cub was very scared and clinging underneath her.  One of 171's spring cubs is/was a male.  It is not known which of the two spring cubs 171 lost, so the sex of the remaining cub is not known.

Known Relatives:

Offspring:

610 ?:  Speculated

Some cam viewers speculate that 610 is the 2015 abandoned yearling of 171. and bear monitoring records reflect that park staff also share in the speculation .  When last observed in 2014, 171 was observed with a remaining spring cub.  When first observed in 2015, 171 was a single female.  Around the same time a young, small subadult was observed; that subadult having a strong resemblance to 171's 2014 remaining spring cub.  This cub would have been a yearling in 2015 and the size of the subadult also seems to support the possiblity that 610 could be this remaining 171 2014 offspring.  

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  None known

There were no known darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 171 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2016.

2017:  None known

There were no known darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 171 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2017.

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