Year First Observed: 1994 as an Adult Male
Year Last Observed: 2009
Known Offspring Of: Unknown
Genetics Study Samples Obtained: Unknown at this time
247’s most identifying characteristic was his distinctive, protruding lower-left canine tooth. Overall, he is a medium-sized bear with a rectangular muzzle, tan-tipped claws, a brown coat and wide set ears. He was sometimes confused with 420 Genghis. However, 420 Genghis was much larger and has several protruding teeth on the right side of his lower jaw.
He fished the far pool and never seemed to approach the platform side of the river. 247 was not seen in areas of high human use.
1994: Adult Male, 1st Year Classified
247 Snaggletooth was initially classified in 1994 as an adult male.
2002: Adult Male
2006: Adult Male
2007: Adult Male
2008: Adult Male
2009: Adult Male, Last Year Observed
2009 was the smallest salmon run since 1997. From 2009 - 2011, many of the older males disappeared, such as 16 Cinnamon, 24 BB, 211 Backbite, 234 Evander, 247 Snaggletooth, 418 Jack, and 420 Genghis. Some of those males, such as 16, 211, 234 and 247 had looked increasingly skinny and frail over the years and it was often a surprise when they showed up for one more summer.
2009.07.14: Ranger Roy Wood's photo of 247 Snaggletooth.
A thin 247 Snaggletooth moving slowly and struggling to walk can be seen in this NPS video . Unseen injuries and illness can often prevent bears from feeding properly during the critical autumn months. Thin bears may even starve to death in the den. WARNING ~ THIS VIDEO MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR SOME VIEWERS TO WATCH!:
2012: Information Only, 247 Snaggletooth Last Observed in 2009
247 Snaggletooth was included in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:
2014: Information Only, 247 Snaggletooth Last Observed in 2009
247 Snaggletooth was included in the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 59.:
2015: Information Only, 247 Snaggletooth Last Observed in 2009
247 Snaggletooth was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks Rive r book on page 82.:
2016: Information Only, 247 Snaggletooth Last Observed in 2009
247 Snaggletooth was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 92: There was one new photo (appars above in the September 2006 section); the information remained the same as was provided in the 2015 edition of the book.247 Snaggletooth does appear in subsequent editions of the Bears of Brooks River books. His information and photos are the same as the 2016 edition of the book.:
2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 96:2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 100.:
How 247 Snaggletooth Got His Nickname:
247 Snaggletooth's nickname was inspired by his protruding lower-left canine tooth. As early as 2000 observers at Brooks River reported that his namesake tooth had “been this way for many years” and it did not seem to affect his ability to fish. Although it can never be known for sure, his distinctive tooth may have been the result of a fight with another bear. During intense fights, bears will sometimes lock jaws and vigorously twist their heads and neck in an attempt to injure their opponent. 247’s tooth could have been snapped free from it’s roots during such a bout.
Known Courting & Mating:
Genetics Study Samples Obtained:
A special thank you to KCanada for the NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.