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261 PIC 2016.09.14 NPS PHOTO KNP&P FLICKR ALBUM WIKI PROFILE

261 09/14/2016 NPS photo KNP&P flickr album (zoom)

Adult Female

Year First Identified:  2010 as 2.5 year-old subadult

Offspring Of:  477 Sara  (2008 litter )

Known Litters of Cubs:  None as of the 2019 season

Darting Attempts:  261 was successfully darted in 2016


Identification:

2017 & 2018 Bears of Brooks River books.:  261 is a medium-large bear with a grizzled dark blonde coat that darkens to brown in the fall.  Her neck is shaggy and her ears are light tipped and triangular.  She has a semi-prominent shoulder hump, lacks a prominent brow, and has a flat, wide forehead.  She has a dark face, particularly around her eyes.  Her claws are dark.  During the summer months, a small scar is visible above her tail. 2016 or Prior & Going Forward:  261 is easily mistaken for 854 Divot.  261 appears to have a natural "crease"/"part in her fur" / "scar" around her neck.  261's "part in her fur"/"scar" sits closer to her hump than 854 DIvot's wire snare scar.  854 Divot's scar is up right behind her ears.  261's "crease"/"part"/"scar" can be seen in this July 7, 2016 snapshot by Mazey; 261 is on the right with 503 Cubadult on the left..

Distinctive Behaviors:

2017 Bears of Brooks River book:  261 has been observed using Brooks River every year in the fall since 2010, however in 2016 she arrived at Brooks River for the first time in early July.  In early years she primarily fishes the cut bank area but has been observed fishing all areas of Brooks River during summer and fall.  261 mostly uses the "dash and grab" fishing technique.  261 has occasionally been observed playing with 503 Cubadult. 2018 Bears of Brooks River book:  261 has been observed using Brooks River every year in the fall since 2010.  Having no known litters and fishing primarily in the cut bank area, this bear often goes unnoticed by bear viewers. In 2016, 261 arrived at Brooks River for the first time in early July. We cannot know the motive for her change in behavior, but her ability to be flexible and modify her seasonal movements is one example of why brown bears are such a successful species. 261 fished all areas of Brooks River during summer and fall, using mostly the “dash and grab” technique. She was occasionally seen playing with 503 Cubadult.

Life History:

261 is the offspring of 477 Sara , born in 2008.  261 had two litter mates, 251 and 253 .  

2008:  Spring Cub w/ 477 Sara & Littermates 251 and 253

261 was a spring cub part of 477 Sara's litter that included 251 and 253.

2009:  Yearling w/ 477 Sara & Littermates 251 and 253

261 was a yearling remaining with 477 Sara along with 251 and 253.

Could this be 477 Sara and yearlings 261, 251, and 253 in 2009 in this video by Carl Donohue?

Grizzly bear family fishing

Grizzly bear family fishing

Cam viewer, Goldilocks asked Mike Fitz (former KNP&P ranger) and he weighed in with his February 25, 2018 comment : "I don't think that is 438. It's hard to tell without knowing what year it was recorded, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was from the fall of 2009. That year there were many females with cubs, but both 402 and 477 had litters of three yearlings in the fall."

2010:  2.5 Year-Old Female Subadult, 1st Year Classified, Fall Only

261 was first identified as an independent 2.5 year old subadult in 2010.  261 was observed in fall only.

2011:  3.5 Year-Old Female Subadult, Fall Only

261 was observed in fall only.

2012:  4.5 Year-Old Female (Subadult or Young Adult?), Fall Only

261 was observed in fall only.

2013:  5.5 Year-Old Female (Subadult or Young Adult?), Fall Only

261 was observed in fall only.

2014:  6.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female, Fall Only

261 was observed in fall only.

2015:  7.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female, Fall Only

261 was observed in fall only.

2016:  8.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female, 1st Year Observed in July

261 arrived at Brooks River for the first time in early July.  261 was successfully darted in 2016 by Ranger Michael Saxton as part of his genetics study ..  261 appears on the 2016 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List for both July 2016 and Fall 2016.

July 2016:

2016.07.02:  KNP&P staff observed 261 :  

2016.07.07:  KNP&P staff observed 261 and captured these photos on 07/07/2016:  261 07/07/2016 NPS photo KNP&P flickr #1  and 261 07/07/2016 NPS photo KNP&P flickr #2

Cam viewer Martina captured this video of 261 coming from left on spit near boat cove and 503 Cubadult coming down spit road toward 261, and then both rounding the corner to the right heading toward allotment beach:

261 (coming from right on spit near boat cove) and 503 Cubadult (coming down Spit Road) 07 07 2016 by Martina

261 (coming from right on spit near boat cove) and 503 Cubadult (coming down Spit Road) 07 07 2016 by Martina

Cam viewer Mickey Williams filmed 261 at approximately 15:40 on 07/07/2016. 261 can be observed walking along the closed trail, entering the water at the corner to snorkel and then disappears into the bushes.
261 on the closed trail and snorkeling on the lower river on 07 07 2016, video by Mickey Williams

261 on the closed trail and snorkeling on the lower river on 07 07 2016, video by Mickey Williams

Cam viewer Mickey Williams (aka MickeyKay) captured this video of 261 and 503 Cubadult in the lower river area at 14:58 on 07/07/2016:

261 and 503 Cubadult 07 07 2016 at 14 58 video by Mickey Williams (aka MickeyKay)

261 and 503 Cubadult 07 07 2016 at 14 58 video by Mickey Williams (aka MickeyKay)

Cam viewer Mazey captured these snapshots from the Lower River West cam on 07/07/2016:

Cam viewer Martina captured this video of 261 and 503 Cubadult beginning on the Lower River East cam and then continuing on the Lower River West cam:

261 and 503 Cubadult 07 07 2016 from LRE then LRW cams by Martina

261 and 503 Cubadult 07 07 2016 from LRE then LRW cams by Martina

Cam viewer Tzz Oha (aka Shanta) captured this video of 261 and 503 Cubadult in the lower river area. 261 is seen chasing 503 away at 1:19 with repeat footage at 1:30.

261 and 503 Cubadult 07 07 2016 video by Tzz Oha (aka Shanta)

261 and 503 Cubadult 07 07 2016 video by Tzz Oha (aka Shanta)

2016.07.09:  KNP&P staff observed 261 :

2016.07.19:  EricsXtremeVideo captured video of a sow that appears to be 261 on 7/19/2016. The 2 male bears in the video are 480 Otis and 801. 261 is seen multiple times, 0:02, 0:05, 1:47, 2:20, 3:43, 4:04, 4:43 and 5:18.

Brooks Falls at Katmai - July 19th 2016 - Bald Mountain Air, video by EricsXtremeVideo-0

Brooks Falls at Katmai - July 19th 2016 - Bald Mountain Air, video by EricsXtremeVideo-0

2016.07.26:  261 was misidentified as 854 Divot for a period of time in 2016.  This video by Melissa Freels is 261, not 854 Divot:

261 (not 854 Divot), July 26, 2016 (261 was misidentified as 854 Divot for a period of time in 2016) video by Melissa Freels

261 (not 854 Divot), July 26, 2016 (261 was misidentified as 854 Divot for a period of time in 2016) video by Melissa Freels

August 2016:

2016.08.02:  261 was misidentified as 854 Divot for a period of time in 2016.  This video by Melissa Freels is 261, not 854:

261 (not 854 Divot) Returns, August 2, 2016 video by Melissa Freels (261 was misidentified as 854 at the time)

261 (not 854 Divot) Returns, August 2, 2016 video by Melissa Freels (261 was misidentified as 854 at the time)

September 2016:

2016.09.06:  KNP&P staff observed 261 and captured these photos:  261 09/06/2016 NPS photo KNP&P flickr #1 , 261 09/06/2016 NPS photo KNP&P flickr #2  and 261 09/06/2016 NPS photo KNP&P flickr #3 :



2016.09.11:  KNP&P staff observed 261 :

Could this be 261 that enters the view from down river at approximately 1:56 into this video by Ratna and then is displaced by 151 Walker?

Could this be 261 that enters the view from down river at approximately 1 56 into this video by Ratna and then gets displaced by 151 Walker?

Could this be 261 that enters the view from down river at approximately 1 56 into this video by Ratna and then gets displaced by 151 Walker?


2016.09.13:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Lisa R. (aka Larinor) saw 261 in person for the first time at the falls near "Alice's rock".  Lisa described 261 as a lovely and shy beautiful bear with a heart-shapped face.

2016.09.14:

Park visitor and cam viewer, Lisa R. (aka Larinor) saw 261 in the lower river on 09/14/2016 and captured these two photos of 261:  261 09/14/2016 by Lisa R. (aka Larinor) #1 and 261 09/14/2016 by Lisa R. (aka Larinor) #2

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KNP&P staff also observed 261 on 09/14/2016:

2016.09.16:  

Park visitor and cam viewer, Lisa R. (aka Larinor) observed 261 coming up river towards Brooks Falls and just below the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform.  Lisa R. noted that 261 stayed away from the large boars   Lisa R. captured these three photos of 261 on 09/16/2016:  261 09/16/2016 by Lisa R. (aka Larinor) #1 , 261 09/16/2016 by Lisa R. (aka Larinor) #2 ,  and  261 09/16/2016 by Lisa R. (aka Larinor) .  Lisa said that she observed 261 every day of her 2016 trip to Brooks Camp in one location both (Brooks Falls and the lower river area).  

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261 09/16/2016 video by Ratna

261 09 16 2016 video by Ratna

261 09 16 2016 video by Ratna

2017:  9.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

261 made her debut in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 44:

2017 Season:

261 appears on the unofficial July 2017 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List and on the unofficial Fall 2017 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List .  There was no attempt (successful or unsuccessful) to dart 261 for Ranger Michael Saxton's genetics study in 2017 .  

261 can be seen at 0:48, 2:15 and 4:41 in this 2017 Karen Hanson video. Click the blue box to watch on vimeo if needed.

Brooks Falls Highlights, 2017 video by Karen Hanson

Brooks Falls Highlights, 2017 video by Karen Hanson

July 2017:

2017.07.23: Cam watcher and Brooks Camp visitor Scammin captured 3 photos of 261 in the riffles on 7/23/2017, #1, #2 and #3. Scammin shared the photos in chat on 3/5/2020.

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2018:  10.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

261 was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 44.:

July 2018:

2018.07.07:  Could these photos (#1 , #2 & #3 ) by Truman Everts be 261? 

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NWBearlove 92 shared 7/7/2018 photos of 261 on 4/17/2020, #1 and #2. NWBearLove92 shared a 7/7/2018 photo of 261 on 5/23/2020. NWBearLove92 shared 7/7/2018 photos of 261 on 5/24/2020, #1 and #2. NWBearLove 92 shared 7/7/2018 photos of 261 on 5/24/2020, #1 and #2.

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2019:  11.5 Year-Old Adult Female

2019 season:

Deelynnd shared snapshots of 261 from the 2019 season on 5/24/2020, #1, #2, #3 and #4.

June 2019:

2019.06.??:  Could these June 2019 photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) by Melissa Freels be 261 (p 09/21/2019 16:15 & 09/21/2019 16:16 ) ?

2019.06.29:  261 photo by Melissa Freels .:

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261 video by Birgitt.:

261 Maybe on LR? 2019-06-29 by Birgitt

261 Maybe on LR? 2019-06-29 by Birgitt

2019.06.30:  261 photos (#1 & #2 ) by Melissa Freels .:

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July 2019:

2019.07.02:  At approximately 3:14 into this periscope by Mike Fitz a bear comes into view on the lower river.  At approximately 5:08 into the periscope, Mike Fitz states that he believes that this bear is 261.

Park visitor, buddymedberry captured photos of 261.  Click here and then click right to see 5 more photos of 261. Another 7/2/2019 photo of 261 by buddymedbery.

2019.07.05:  At 13:04, Mike Fitz commented that he has seen 261 again is is confident that she is around.:

2019.07.06:  Truman Everts captured this 7/6/2019 photo of 261 and shared it on 4/25/2020. Truman explained that the photo was taken at "the short, high grass stretch, coming from the riffles platform towards the falls platform." Truman Everts shared this 7/6/2019 photo of 261 on 5/24/2020. Truman Everts shared this 7/6/2019 photo  of 261 on 5/24/2020.

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2019.07.22:  261 near corner and on closed trail video by Lani H.:

261 (?) by corner and on closed trail 7 22 2019 by Lani H

261 (?) by corner and on closed trail 7 22 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.23:  Mckate captured this 7/23/2019 video of "elusive 261 fishing in the early morning."

23 Jul 2019 Elusive 261 Fishes in the Early Morning, video by mckate

23 Jul 2019 Elusive 261 Fishes in the Early Morning, video by mckate

2019.07.25:  261 on closed trail video by Lani H.:

261 on the closed trail 7 25 2019 by Lani H

261 on the closed trail 7 25 2019 by Lani H

261 dry fishes video by mckate.:

25 Jul 2019 261 Dry Fishes by mckate

25 Jul 2019 261 Dry Fishes by mckate

September 2019:

2019.09.15: Brooks Camp visitor and cam watcher scooch captured photos of 261 on the lower river on 9/15/2019. The photos were posted in chat by scooch on 2/11/2020  and 2/14/2010.  Photos #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7, #8 and #9. Scooch shared a 9/15/2019 photo of 261 on 5/26/2020.

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2019.09.16:  261 returns to Brooks Camp video by McKate.:

16 Sep 2019 261 Returns by McKate

16 Sep 2019 261 Returns by McKate

9/16/2019 video by Birgitt, 261 on the lower river.

261 on LR 2019-09-16 12-09-25-144, video by Birgitt

261 on LR 2019-09-16 12-09-25-144, video by Birgitt

2019.09.18:  261 snapshot by Shel.:

2019.09.24: 261 looking large, 9/24/2019 video by mckate.

24 Sep 2019 261 Looking Large, video by mckate

24 Sep 2019 261 Looking Large, video by mckate

2020:  12.5 Year-Old Adult Female

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Litters of Cubs:

261 has had no known litters of cubs as of 2019.

Known Relatives:

Mother:  477 Sara

261 was part of 477 Sara's 2008 litter of 3 spring cubs; her litter mates were 251 and 253 .  

Father:  Unknown

Littermates:  251 & 253

261 was one of 3 spring cubs from 477 Sara's 2008 litter.  251 and 253 are 261's littermates from that litter.

Offspring:  None Known

Darting Attempts:

2016:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

261 was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.

2017:  No Known Darting Attempts by Ranger Michael Saxton

There were no known darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 261 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2017.

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