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273 with male yearling September 2016 NPS photo

Adult Female

Year First Identified:  2011 as an older subadult

Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Known Litters of Cubs:  2 (2015 & 2019)

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  273 was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2016.  There were no attempts in 2017.


Identification:

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook & 2014 Bears of Brooks River book (Subadults section):  273 is medium sized subadult with blonde, shaggy coat. Her ears are large and round. She has a furry face with closely set eyes.

2015 Bears of Brooks River book (Adult females section):  273 is medium-sized female with a blonde, shaggy coat. Her ears are large and round. She has a furry face with closely set eyes and dark eye rings.

2016 & 2017 Bears of Brooks River books:  273 is medium-sized female with a blonde, shaggy coat and darker legs. Her ears are large and round. She has a furry face and a large “goatee” in the summer. Her eyes are closely set with dark eye rings. In the fall, her coat is dark blonde.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2014 & 2015 Bears of Brooks River books:   Based on physical appearance and behavioral traits it’s believed, but not proven, that this is the same bear formerly known as 198. Both 198 and 273 frequent the lower river, using the same areas to rest or slowly patrol back and forth for salmon. Unlike 198, 273 shows little curiosity towards human buildings or gear. While 198 repeatedly investigated and damaged objects around Brooks Camp in 2010, 273 has demonstrated disinterest in people’s belongings. It is also quite possible 198 simply outgrew her curiosity towards humans and our objects.

In 2014, 273 was often seen fishing downstream of Brooks Falls near the island and she also attempted to fish the lip of the falls with no success. She has not been identified in the fall (see 2016 & 2017 Bears of Brooks River books, it is now believed that 273 was observed in the fall, but misidentified as bear 256).  

2016 & 2017 Bears of Brooks River books:  n July, 273 often fishes downstream of Brooks Falls near the island and in the riffles. 273 also frequently fishes in the lower Brooks River.  

For several years, 273 seemed to show little curiosity towards human buildings or gear, but that changed in 2015 when she damaged several structures at Brooks Camp. Bears are curious creatures that often investigate strange and novel objects. Human habituated bears, like 273, are more likely to find and explore human buildings and equipment, often damaging them in the process.  

Brooks Camp’s location—in habitat that attracts and harbors bears—creates a high likelihood for conflict between people and bears. While 273’s behavior was unwelcome, she was simply expressing her curiosity and playfulness. Special regulations apply to Brooks River to help reduce the risk of bear and human conflicts. It is not possible or appropriate to manage the curiosity out of bears, but we can alter our behavior to reduce the chances that bears will express their curiosity on human property. When you visit Brooks Camp, be sure to give bears adequate space and do not leave anything unattended. 

(Previous versions of this book noted that this bear was not seen in the fall, but bear monitoring staff now believe she was misidentified in the fall as 256.)

Other distinctive behavior observations:

273 has been observed diving for fish in both the lower Brooks River and in Naknek Lake.

Life History:

2010:

It is now believed that 273 repeatedly investigated and damaged objects around Brooks Camp in 2010, but was misidentified as bear 198 at the time.

2011:  Older Subadult, Year First Identified

July 2011:

2012:

273 was included as a subadult female in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook :

July 2012:

September 2012:

2012.09.12:  273 in lower river area from lower river cam, identified by Ranger Jeanne:

2013:

July 2013:

2013.07.15:  Could this be 273 in this video by eiguoc?

July 15, 2013 Could this be 273? video by eiguoc

July 15, 2013 Could this be 273? video by eiguoc

2013.07.24:   273 was observed on the floating bridge:

Cam viewer eiguoc captured this video :

July 24, 2013 273 on floating bridge video by eiguoc

July 24, 2013 273 on floating bridge video by eiguoc

2014:  Single Adult Female

273 was included in the subadult section of the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 47:

2014 Season:

In 2014, 273 was often seen fishing downstream of Brooks Falls near the island and she also attempted to fish the lip of the falls with no success.

273 used the floating bridge in 2014, opening the gate at the wedge for herself.  Park visitor and cam viewer, dcmorris01, was on the lower river platform when this took place and shared the following:

"I was there that day.  I was on the platform killing some time before my plane left when it happened.  She (273) just came up to the gate, hit it with her paw, and it opened.  She then decided to try and remove some of the fence."

Someone from Magical Adventures was also on the lower river platform that day and shared the following information:

"What a sight this was.  We were on the platform across from the bridge and one of the bears went to the gate, jumped on it, shook it and it opened.  The bear decided to take a stroll on the bridge.  Now we know why the rangers do such a great job and tell us to walk quickly!"

Magical Adventures captured this video of 273's exploration of the floating bridge that day in 2014:  

Bear (273) opens gate and walks on Brooks Lodge Bridge 2014 video by Magical Adventures

Bear (273) opens gate and walks on Brooks Lodge Bridge 2014 video by Magical Adventures

Park visitor Hermosa Paul captured this video of 273 (198) and 410:

Bear Fight by Hermosa Paul (2014 410 & 273)

Bear Fight by Hermosa Paul (2014 410 & 273)

July 2014:

2014.07.10:  273 was observed at Brooks Falls.  Ranger Mike helps with identifying her and other information ~ 273 will be in the adult females section of the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book.  Sheis a smaller adult female that tends to stand her ground near other adult females.:

2015:  with 1 Male Spring Cub, 1st Known Litter

273 was included in the adult females section of the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 34.  

For several years, #273 seemed to show little curiosity towards human buildings or gear, but that changed in 2015 when she damaged several structures at Brooks Camp.

2015 Season:

Cam viewer, Grandmaj shared this 2015 snapshot of 273 and her spring cub (809). Cruiser shared this 2015 snapshot of 273 with her spring cub 809 on 4/5/2020.

273 and her spring cub at varioius times during the 2015 season prior to September 1, 2015 highlighted in this Explore Bears & Bison video :

Velcro and Mom - Just The Two Of Us - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlights 2015 Season

Velcro and Mom - Just The Two Of Us - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlights 2015 Season

Cam viewer, Cruiser shared this 2015 season gif of 273 and her spring cub (809) at the falls:

July 2015:

273 returned to Brooks River in July 2015 with one spring cub. She proved to be an attentive, playful mother and her cub mimicked her behavior closely. The antics of mother and cub quickly captured the attention of bear watchers at Brooks Camp and on the bearcams  

2015.07.12 :  273 with spring cub video by Nancy Clark:
Bandicam 2015 07 12 10 55 00 396 273 & spring cub video by Nancy Clark

Bandicam 2015 07 12 10 55 00 396 273 & spring cub video by Nancy Clark

2015.07.14: 273 with spring cub photo by Mike Fitz.

2015.07.16:  273 with spring cub photos by Mike Fitz: Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 , Photo #4 , Photo #5 , Photo #6 , Photo #7 , Photo #8 , Photo #9 , Photo #10 , & Photo #11 

Park visitor Kenneth Kearney's photos of 273 and her spring cub:  273's spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) , 273 with her spring cub (809) in background and 289 in foreground , 273 with her spring cub (809) in background and 289 in foreground , 273 with her spring cub (809) in the background and 289 in the foreground273 with her spring cub (809) in the background and 289 in the foreground273 with her spring cub (809) in the background and 289 in the foreground273 with her spring cub (809) in the background and 289 in the foreground , 273 in background with 289 in foreground , 273 (right) and 289 (left) , 273 (right) and 289 (left) , 273 (right) and 289 (left) , 273's spring cub (809), 273 with spring cub (809) , 273's spring cub (809) , 273 with spring cub (809) , and 273 with spring cub (809) .  Kenneth Kearney also captured these photographs of 273 with her spring cub (809) on the rock.:#1 , #2 (cub sticking tongue out) , #3 (273 yawning) , #4#5#6 & #7 .  775 Lefty comes in close proximity to 273 and her spring cub (809) on the rock in this photo by Kenneth Kearney.

On July 17, 2016 at 14:39 Ranger Mike shared this photo of 273 with her spring cub that he took on the evening of July 16, 2015 .  Please note early in the 2015 season 273 and her spring cub were thought to possibly be 39 and a spring cub.  273's identification was confirmed later in the season.:

273 with spring cub video by Cloud:

273 and spring cub July 16, 2015 video by Cloud

273 and spring cub July 16, 2015 video by Cloud

Cam viewer Scooch wrote this poem from 273's spring cub (now 809) to 273 :

"Mother ~ 
In my heart are many memories
of the loving things you've done.
I want to tell you that I'm thankful 
for each and every one.
There is a special memory
I'd like to mention too...
Ever since I can remember
I remember loving you."

12:52:  KNP&P Facebook post with July 15, 2015 photo of 273 & spring cub by Ranger Mike Fitz :

19:30:  273 and her spring cub Part 1 video by MsDebbiB:
Part 1 Momma Bear with tiny Cub July 16 2015 video by MsDebbiB

Part 1 Momma Bear with tiny Cub July 16 2015 video by MsDebbiB

19:40:  273 and her spring cub Part 2 video by MsDebbiB:
Part 2 Momma Bear with tiny Cub July 16, 2015 video by MsDebbiB

Part 2 Momma Bear with tiny Cub July 16, 2015 video by MsDebbiB

KNP&P video "You Wanna Piece of Me" of 273 and spring cub's interaction with 289. On 12/31/2017 Mike Fitz commented  in chat regarding this video which he captured with his point and shoot camera. "I took a lot of photos this night in 2015 when 273 showed up with her cub at the falls." In answering a question as to whether he was worried observing this event, Mike responded "I wasn't necessarily worried. 273 generally seemed to keep her distance from the other bears that night, with one notable exception. In the video above, the cam just missed her charging 289 at 1:53. I was lucky enough to anticipate something might happen between the bears, so I started recording with my little point and shoot camera. This is origin of the "You wanna piece of me" video."

You Wanna Piece of Me? 273 and spring cub's interaction with 289 KNP&P video July 16, 2015

You Wanna Piece of Me? 273 and spring cub's interaction with 289 KNP&P video July 16, 2015

In this July 2015 live chat on Bear Dominance with Ranger Roy Wood and Ranger Mike Fitz they discuss spring cub 809's reaction to the above "You Want A Piece of Me" interaction between 273 and 289 at the 34:15 mark:

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike Talk About Bear Dominance - Live Chat July 22, 2015-0

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike Talk About Bear Dominance - Live Chat July 22, 2015-0

Cam viewer, Dicky Neely created this painting  of the 273 with spring cub 809 and 273 interaction:

August 2015:

Cam viewer, Tammya shared this August 2015 snapshot of 273 with her cub, 809.

2015.08.06:  273 and her spring cub video by jmmcentyre:

Brown Bears Mother & Cub 273 & spring cub August 6, 2015 video by jmmcentyre

Brown Bears Mother & Cub 273 & spring cub August 6, 2015 video by jmmcentyre

273 and her spring cub video by park visitor Donna Archer.  (1:35, possibly 500 Indy, 1:48-2:33, 402 and her quads, 2:33 to the end, 273 and 809. 273 and her cub climb trees and get in trouble in camp) .:

One Naughty Bear Cub 2015 video by Donna Archer (273 & 809)

One Naughty Bear Cub 2015 video by Donna Archer (273 & 809)

2015.08.08:  273 family group video by Margaret Saint Clair:

Velcros encounter at the bridge August 8, 2015 video by Margaret Saint Clair

Velcros encounter at the bridge August 8, 2015 video by Margaret Saint Clair

2015.08.10:  273 and her spring cub captured the attention of cam viewers.  Cam viewer, Pirate Autumn captured this snapshot and created a painting from it:

2015.08.11: 

Ranger Mike shares information about 273 and announces that the bear that was believed to possibly be 39 with a single spring cub is now believed to be 273 per Ranger Leslie Skora:

"Last week, the bear with the single spring cub who is often seen on the cam damaged several buildings, including an occupied ranger cabin.  The bear is not 39 (like I suspected, but was never 100% sure of).  According to Leslie Skora, Katmai's bear monitor, she is probably 273.

273 (page 34 in the bear ID book) has likely damaged property in the past.  Bears have good memories.  Even Experiences they have as cubs can stick in their minds through adulthood.

In order to prevent more property damage, we have decided to escalate our attempts to haze the bear away from buidlings.  Through increased staff presence and firmer, but still relatively low level hazing  techniques (like air horns and other noise makers).  I believe we can adequately deter this bear from damaging any more buildings.  273 has damaged the bridge, and if she continues to do that, then rangers will attempt to haze her away from the bridge is she damages it.  

Of course, the situation is complicated because 273 has a spring cub and we are concerned for its welfare too.  We also have to be careful when hazing is applied near the bridge.  The river is where bears find food.  Therefore, hazing must be applied selectively in order to send the correct message (stop messing with the bridge) and not drive the family away from the river.  Hazing is most effective when it is done in conjunction with specific place or bear behavior (like damaging a building or bridge).  We will only haze her if she is damaging property or other buildings.  

You might see two rangers carrying shotguns this week.  One shotgun is loaded with a non-lethal round like bean bags (which are designed to bruise and sting, but not permanently hurt the bear).  Policy (and bear behavior) does require a second person carry a shotgun with lethal rounds in it whenever other deterrent rounds are used.  We ought not need these weapons except in extreme circumstances, but they will be carried.  

If you want to read more about how bears are managed at Katmai, especially in regard to hazing, please read Katmai's bear management plan:  The responsive management section beginning on page 21 is maybe most relevant to this situation .  

Overall, it is far easier and safer to prevent these incidents than it is to haze bears.  That's why prevention is emphasized so heavily at Brooks Camp.  However, the location of Brooks Camp invites bear-human conflicts.  Rangers can't patrol the area 24/7.  (Just yesterday, I erected a hastily installed electric fence around a building that 273 had damaged and entered.)  Anytime, we deal with conflicts at this level, I worry.  I worry for bears and for the people who deal with these situations, but as long as building remain where they are, bears and people will clash here on some level."

273 and the floating bridge gate video by Juanita Roper:

Velcro's mama tries to break the gate down August 11, 2015 video by Juanita Roper

Velcro's mama tries to break the gate down August 11, 2015 video by Juanita Roper

273 and the floating bridge gate video by JoeBear.: (note:  273 was initially mis-identified as 39)

273 Attacks Brooks Camp Bridge August 11, 2015 by JoeBear

273 Attacks Brooks Camp Bridge August 11, 2015 by JoeBear

273 in a tree near wader sign video by Martina:

8-11-2015 273 in a tree near wader sign video by Martina

8-11-2015 273 in a tree near wader sign video by Martina

2015.08.12 - 2015.08.18:  Ranger Mike provides updates the NPS staff's efforts to manage the 273 family group:

2015.08.12: 

Ranger Mike's update on the 273 family group:

"273 avoided the camp area, so no action from rangers was necessary yesterday (August 11, 2015)."

Juergen gifs of 273 family group from early morning August 12, 2015 (before 08:30):  Gif #1 & Gif #2 .

273's spring cub climbs a tree near the grassy knoll approximately 11:51 video by JoeBear:

Velcro Up a Tree 273's spring cub August 12, 2015 video by JoeBear-0

Velcro Up a Tree 273's spring cub August 12, 2015 video by JoeBear-0

2015.08.13: 

Ranger Mike's update on the 273 family group:

"273 approached the buildings once or twice, but rangers did not have to haze her. Each time she approached, she turned and avoided the camp area."

273 and spring cub share a fish at the wedge of the floating bridge and then make their way to the corner video by Victoria White:

273 and spring cub 2015 08 13 video by Victoria White

273 and spring cub 2015 08 13 video by Victoria White

2015.08.14: 

Ranger Mike's update on the 273 family group:

"No action from rangers, other than watching the bear, was necessary yesterday (August 13, 2015). This morning (August 14, 2015), 273 began chewing on the bridge. A ranger approached and clapped her hands and that broke 273's attention. In many situations at Brooks Camp, mild hazing like clapping hands is all that is necessary to gain a bear's attention and get them to stop whatever they are doing."

273 and spring cub star in this "Stop chewing that bridge!" video by JoeBear:

Rangers scold 273 at the Bridge 08 14 2015 video by JoeBear

Rangers scold 273 at the Bridge 08 14 2015 video by JoeBear

Juergen gif of 273 and spring cub's mild hazing by ranger.

273 nursing spring cub video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):

Velcro nursing August 14, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Velcro nursing August 14, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

273 and spring cub on spit video by Hotpepper gyrl (Rose):
Vielcroandmom2015 08 14 151213 video by Hotpepper gyrl (Rose)

Vielcroandmom2015 08 14 151213 video by Hotpepper gyrl (Rose)

2015.08.15:  Ranger Michael Saxton hazes 273 from the floating bridge video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):
Mom and Velcro encounter Ranger Michael Saxton August 15, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Mom and Velcro encounter Ranger Michael Saxton August 15, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

2015.08.16:  273 and her spring cub running in response to seeing another bear (151 Walker possibly) video by DTB.
273 & Cub (Velcro) Running Because They Saw...

273 & Cub (Velcro) Running Because They Saw.... A Bear (151) August 16, 2015

2015.08.17:  

Ranger Mike's update on the 273 family group:

"While 273 is regularly seen around the mouth of Brooks River, rangers have rarely had to take action to keep her away from buildings over past few days. Assertive body language and noise have been the only hazing techniques required when she has approached buildings. Of course, staff and visitors need to remain vigilant and exercise caution in bear country, but if we remove temptation from bears, then they are much less likely to cause property damage and park staff are less likely to have to resort to hazing the animals. Prevention is our best and most preferred tool to reduce bear-human conflicts."

273 fishes in Naknek Lake while her spring cub plays with a fish on the spit video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):

Velcro amuses himself August 17, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Velcro amuses himself August 17, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

2015.08.18: 

Ranger Mike's update on the 273 family group:

"Yesterday, (August 17, 2015) 273 investigated the bridge, two buildings, and new wells drilled to monitor an old diesel fuel spill. The park’s bear technicians have expanded their work hours to keep tabs on her when she is around camp."

DTB's video of 273's spring cub playing and practicing his "when I'm a big bear" moves.  (Is HE peeing at 4:26 into this video?):

18 August 2015 LR 273's spring cub video by DTB

18 August 2015 LR 273's spring cub video by DTB

Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)'s video of 273 and her spring cub playing on the spit:

Catch me if you can! August 18, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Catch me if you can! August 18, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

At approximately 12:51 273 and her spring cub walk right past the floating bridge video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):
Mom walks right past the bridge, yay! August 18, 2015 by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Mom walks right past the bridge, yay! August 18, 2015 by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

2015.08.19:  273's spring cub plays with a stick on the spit while 273 fishes in Naknek Lake, the 273 and her spring cub have some play time video by Lolaboo two2:

Cub plays on the shore- 8-19-15 video by Lolaboo two2

Cub plays on the shore- 8-19-15 video by Lolaboo two2

273 and her spring cub bring some of the KNP&P bear management staff through during the August 19, 2015 archaeological live chat with Ranger Mike, Linda Chism, Tommy Urban & Rob.:

Katmai Archeology With Ranger Mike - Katmai National Park - Live Chat August 19, 2015

Katmai Archeology With Ranger Mike - Katmai National Park - Live Chat August 19, 2015

2015.08.20:  

273 and spring cub ~ is the spring cub attempting to catch insects / bugs? video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):

Velco tries to catch an imaginary bird August 20, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Velco tries to catch an imaginary bird August 20, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

273 and spring cub playing near lower river platform.  Some of the views provided in this video by Martina suggest that the spring cub is a male:
273 and cub Explore org LR cam 8-20-15 video by Martina

273 and cub Explore org LR cam 8-20-15 video by Martina

2015.08.21: 

273 diving for fish in the lower Brooks River just off the corner video by JoeBear:

273 Diving for Food August 21, 2015 video by JoeBear

273 Diving for Food August 21, 2015 video by JoeBear

273 family group gifs by Juergen:  Gif #1 , Gif #2 , Gif #3 , & Gif #4 

2015.08.22:  273 and her spring cub on the spit at sunrise video by Victoria White:

Mom&Velcro 2015 08 22 video by Victoria White

Mom&Velcro 2015 08 22 video by Victoria White

2015.08.23:  273 with her spring cub and 151 Walker video by Victoria White:

Mom&Velcro&Walker 2015 08 23 video by Victoria White

Mom&Velcro&Walker 2015 08 23 video by Victoria White

September 2015:

2015.09.??:  273 and her spring cub in camp being chased away by a Ranger and causing a commotion during dinner video  by Stephen B.
273 with her spring cub in Camp September 2015 video by Stephen B

273 with her spring cub in Camp September 2015 video by Stephen B

2015.09.12:  273 with her spring cub photo by Mike Fitz.

2015.09.13:  273 napping with her spring cub photo by Mike Fitz.

273 and her spring cub resting on the lower river, 9/13/2015 video by Explore Recorder.

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-13-2015 09 00 01 - 09 02 04

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-13-2015 09 00 01 - 09 02 04

2015.09.15:  273's spring cub eating fish on floating bridge deck and then joins 273 in the river video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):

273's spring cub September 15, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

273's spring cub September 15, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

2015.09.18:  273 family group near floating bridge in the early morning video  by Martina:
2015 09 18 273 family group video by Martina

2015 09 18 273 family group video by Martina

2015.09.20:  273's spring cub scratching on wader sign video by IslandDunesGirl:
273 and Velcro at sign 2015 09 20 video by IslandDunesGirl

273 and Velcro at sign 2015 09 20 video by IslandDunesGirl

273's spring cub video by JoeBear:  (longer version than the one above by IslandDunesGirl)
Velcro's Pole Dance September 20, 2015 video by JoeBear

Velcro's Pole Dance September 20, 2015 video by JoeBear

2015.09.22:

273, her spring cub, and the live fish video by Martina:

"Mum HELP it`s moving" cub"Velcro", 273 the fish ) 9-22-2015 video by Martina

"Mum HELP it`s moving" cub"Velcro", 273 the fish ) 9-22-2015 video by Martina

273 family group video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly):
Tender moments with mom and Velcro September 22, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Tender moments with mom and Velcro September 22, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

16:50:  273 family group video by MsDebbiB:
Mom and Velcro have play time Sept 22, 2015 video by MsDebbiB

Mom and Velcro have play time Sept 22, 2015 video by MsDebbiB

273 and spring cub photo by Mike Fitz.

Courtneyexplore shared this September 22, 2015 gif of 273 and the wader sign.  Carla J shared this snapshot of 273 and her spring cub (809):

2015.09.23:  Joe Bear's video taken during a live chat. 273 eats the sign....and Mike Fitz tries not to chuckle too much as he explains her curiosity for human objects.  273's spring cub (809) chases magpies..

273 Eats a Sign and spring cub chases magpies September 23, 2015 by JoeBear

273 Eats a Sign and spring cub chases magpies September 23, 2015 by JoeBear

Explore captured a highlight video of the same event when 273 and her spring cub tore into a sign.

Velcro and Momma Bear 273 Tear Into A Sign - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

Velcro and Momma Bear 273 Tear Into A Sign - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

2015.09.24: 

273 and spring cub playfight video by Mike Fitz:

Play fight between mother brown bear and cub September 24, 2015 by Mike Fitz

Play fight between mother brown bear and cub September 24, 2015 by Mike Fitz

273 and spring cub video by Martina:
Explore org bearcams 273 cub "Velcro" 09-24-2015 video by Martina

Explore org bearcams 273 cub "Velcro" 09-24-2015 video by Martina

2015.09.27:  273 and her spring cub eating fish in the lower Brooks River video by Martina:

LR 273 cub "Velcro" 9-27-15 video by Martina

LR 273 cub "Velcro" 9-27-15 video by Martina

2015.09.28:

273's spring cub's race against the machine video  by DTB:

28 September 2015 RW Velcro Race Against The Machine video by DTB

28 September 2015 RW Velcro Race Against The Machine video by DTB

Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)'s video (longer version than DTB's above video):
Here they come! Mom and velcro September 28, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

Here they come! Mom and velcro September 28, 2015 video by Juanita Roper (aka BirdyGirly)

2015.09.30:  273 and spring cub video by JBirdyHome:
Katmai Park Velcro and Mom 2015.09

Katmai Park Velcro and Mom 2015.09.30 video by JBirdyHome

October 2015:

2015.10.14:  273 and her spring cub walk across the floating bridge video by Mickey Williams:

273 and Velcro walk across bridge 10 14 2015 video by Mickey Williams

273 and Velcro walk across bridge 10 14 2015 video by Mickey Williams

Video by Martina:
273 with spring cub (809) on floating bridge 2015 10 14 22 53 24 787 by Martina

273 with spring cub (809) on floating bridge 2015 10 14 22 53 24 787 by Martina

2015.10.17:  273 and her spring cub meet 435 Holly and her adopted 2.5 year-old cub (503 Cubadult) and her biological yearling (719) in this video by JoeBear:

273 & Velcro meet 435 Holly & Family October 17, 2015 video by JoeBear

273 & Velcro meet 435 Holly & Family October 17, 2015 video by JoeBear

435 Holly, with her biological female yearling (now 719), and her adopted 2.5 year-old male cub; and 273 with her spring cub (now 809 ) video by Mickey Williams:



Part Two Close Encounters of the Bear Kind Katmai NP 10 17 15 by Mickey Williams-1553781480

Part Two Close Encounters of the Bear Kind Katmai NP 10 17 15 by Mickey Williams-1553781480

2015 & 2016:

2015 & 2016 Seasons:

Park visitor, Kenneth Kearney captured photos of 273 and her 2015 spring cub / 2016 yearling during his trips to Brooks Camp in both seasons.  Kenneth created this album with photos from both trips.  Kenneth shared this information about the album:

"This album shows the bear known as 273 and her cub "Velcro" from my trips to Brooks Falls in 2015 and 2016. These photos show how quickly cubs grow and a few of the dangers they face to get there. The many bears who return annually to the Brooks River have allowed scientists and bear watchers to view bears from cubhood to adulthood."

2015 vs 2016:

2015.09.22 vs 2016.07.06:  On September 22, 2015 273 knocked down the wader sign.  One July 6, 2016, yearling 809 knocked down the same wader sign.  Explore captures both of those wader sign events in this highlight video .:

Velcro and Mom Knock Down The Same Sign at Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

Velcro and Mom Knock Down The Same Sign at Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

Explore posted a highlight video on September 28, 2016. "Velcro Still Hangin On To Mom" shows 273's cub (now 809) hanging on to 273 in both July of 2015 and September of 2016.

Velcro Still Hangin On To Mom - Live Cam Highlight

Velcro Still Hangin On To Mom - Live Cam Highlight

2016:  with 1 Male Yearling from 2015 Litter

273 was not only included in the adult females section of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 41, but she and her male spring cub graced the cover:

2016 Season:

Cam viewers captured snapshots of 273 and yearling (809) from the 2016 season which they shared in chat on 4/5/2020. CarolineB shared  a painting of 273 and her yearling 809, inspired and used with permission from Carla Farris. Olddude shared a 2016 snapshot of 273 and yearling 809, 4/5/2020. Naomi Boak shared a 2016 snapshot of 273 and yearling 809 on 4/5/2020. Cruiser shared a 2016/2017 snapshot collage of 273 and yearling 809 in 2016 and 273 in 2017 on 4/5/2020. Amanda shared a 2016 photo/sketch collage of 273 and yearling 809 on 4/6/2020.

273 and her yearling (809) playing with construction material video by Mike Fitz:

Bears play with construction material by Mike Fitz (273 & 809)

Bears play with construction material by Mike Fitz (273 & 809)

273 nurses her yearling (809) video by KNP&P:

Bear 273 Nurses Her Cub 2016 Season KNP&P video

Bear 273 Nurses Her Cub 2016 Season KNP&P video

Alaska's Gold Creek Lodge's photo of 273 and yearling 809.

June 2016:

2016.06.28:  273 with her yearling cub (809) snapshot shared by Scooch :

July 2016:

Cam viewer and park visitor, ScottHM captured these photos of 273 and her yearling (809) during his trip to Brooks Camp.:  Photo #1 & #2 .  ScottHM also captured this photo of 273 standing   ScottHM later shared this photo of 273 and yearling, 809 .

2016.07.05:  273 and yearling (809) at the below the falls platform snapshots (#1 & #2) by Bookmom .  Bookmom recalls that :when 273 was wet from trying to catch a fish she looked so small at first people thought both bears were young subs.  Both were so hungry.".:

2016.07.03 & 2016.07.04:  Bookmom shared these July 3, 2016 and July 4, 2016 snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 273 with yearling (809) near the floating bridge.:

2016.07.06 or PRIOR:  273 and yearling (809) highlight video by Explore.:

Brown Bears Velcro and Mom Play - Katmai Alaska - Live Cam Highlight (273 & 809)

Brown Bears Velcro and Mom Play - Katmai Alaska - Live Cam Highlight (273 & 809)

2016.07.06:  708 Amelia with her 2 yearlings and 273 with her yearling in the lower river area at approximately 15:00 AKDT video by Mickey Williams.:
3 00 pm 07 06 2016 mom 708 Amelia meets mom 273 with cubs Katmai by Mickey Williams-0

3 00 pm 07 06 2016 mom 708 Amelia meets mom 273 with cubs Katmai by Mickey Williams-0

Courtneyexplore shared this July 6, 2016 gif of 273's yearling (809) and his adventure with the wader sign.  Courtney shared that:  "I always love how he misses the first time, has an unsatisfying second hit, and still goes in for a third, all while trying to make it an effortless drive-by swap."

2016.07.09 or PRIOR:  Park visitor Glenn LeMay captured this video of 273 and her male cub and provided this description of their observations.:

"The best attraction at Brooks Camp is the viewing of the bears at Brooks Falls, which is a 1.2 mile hike from Brooks Camp through bear country, including crossing over a floating bridge at the Brooks River. When the bears show up near the bridge, a "bear jam" is created, halting all foot traffic across the bridge (coming and going), sometimes for hours. That's when the "bear techs" are called in (park rangers specially trained to haze bears) to try to clear the area so the camp residents can get to/from camp. After the bear tech hazed this female and cub away from the bridge (about 50 yards away), foot traffic was allowed to resume across the bridge, after only a 20 minute delay. Shortly thereafter, however, the bears returned to the area and refused to leave, leaving dozens of camp residents stranded on either side of the bridge for almost three hours that afternoon."

Brooks Camp - Bear "Jam" by Glenn LeMay 2016 (273 & 809)

Brooks Camp - Bear "Jam" by Glenn LeMay 2016 (273 & 809)

2016.07.12:  273 with her yearling 809 fishing the riffles photo by Anna-Marie_AZ:

Please request Anna-Marie's permission prior to using her photograph!

2016.07.15:  273 and her yearling (809) at the falls in the early morning video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

273 & Velcro - Falls adventure Early morning 2016-07-15 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

273 & Velcro - Falls adventure Early morning 2016-07-15 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Cam viewer KCanada shared this snapshot of 273 with her yearling 809.: 2016.07.16:  Truman Everts captured these photographs of 273 with her yearling (809); "How to Snorkle" (p 09/02/16 16:25). 

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

2016.07.16 - 2016.07.21:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 273 with her yearling (809) (p 08/27/16 11:47).  Truman Everts captured these photographs of 273 with her male yearling (809) and 273's fish that he got away with (p 08/30/16 15:56).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 273 with her yearling (809) (p 09/07/16 11:34). Truman Everts shared this 7/19/2016 photo of 273 and her yearling 809 on 5/10/2020.

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

2016.07.19:  273 with her yearling 809 photo by Anna-Marie_AZ. Truman Everts shared photos of 273 and her yearling 809 on 4/2/2020, photos #1 and #2.

Please request Anna-Marie's permission prior to using her photograph!

Truman Everts captured this photograph  of 273 and her yearling (809) on July 19, 2016 (p 08/28/16 18:37).:

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

EricsXtremeVideo captured 273 and her yearling (809) on the beach, 7/19/2016. They can be seen at 5:42 as Ranger Kristen moves visitors away from them.

Brooks Falls at Katmai - July 19th 2016 - Bald Mountain Air, video by EricsXtremeVideo-1

Brooks Falls at Katmai - July 19th 2016 - Bald Mountain Air, video by EricsXtremeVideo-1

Brooks Camp visitor delphinusorca captured a photo of 273 and her yearling cub standing by the island at Brooks Falls on7/19/2016. That yearling is now believed to be 809.

August 2016:

2016.08.07:  273 on the underwater live cam snapshot by Bookmom .:

September 2016:

2016.09.12:  273 and yearling 809 in the lower river video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:

HELP!!! Mommy trying to drown me ) 273 & Velcro 2016 09 12 17 09 15 704 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

HELP!!! Mommy trying to drown me ) 273 & Velcro 2016 09 12 17 09 15 704 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.09.16:  Standoff between 273 and yearling and 402 and her two yearlings video by Melissa Freels:

Standoff on Spit Road - 402 and Cubs vs

Standoff on Spit Road - 402 and Cubs vs. 273 and Velcro September 16, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

2016.09.28:  273 and yearling damage the lower river wildlife viewing platform and have a play session video by Donna T. Bennett (aka DTB):

28 September 2016 - Evidence Footage 273 & Yearling by Donna T

28 September 2016 - Evidence Footage 273 & Yearling by Donna T. Bennett (aka DTB)

2016.09.29:  273 and yearling meet 132 and her 3 yearlings video by Erum Chad:

132 & cubs meeting 273 & Velcro 2016 09 29 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

132 & cubs meeting 273 & Velcro 2016 09 29 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

273 charges 804 "Little Lip Fisher" video :

273 Charges 804 "Little Lip Fisher" 2018-09-29 by Birgitt

273 Charges 804 "Little Lip Fisher" 2018-09-29 by Birgitt

As the sun went down and the live cam switched over from color to black and white, Susan Tunstall captured this video of 273 nursing yearling, 809:

Explore org Katmai Lower River Cam Mother Nursing Cub 273 & 809 September 29, 2016 by Susan Tunstall

Explore org Katmai Lower River Cam Mother Nursing Cub 273 & 809 September 29, 2016 by Susan Tunstall

October 2016:

2016.10.03:  Kerstin59 shared these snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 273 with her yearling (809).:

2016.10.05:

273 and yearling meet 854 Divot and 3 spring cubs video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

Bear 273 & Velcro meeting 854 Divot and 3 cubs 2016 10 05 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Bear 273 & Velcro meeting 854 Divot and 3 cubs 2016 10 05 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.10.06:  

273 and her yearling and the lower river platform video by Melissa Freels:

The further adventures of Velcro and Mom 273 and Cub at the Platform, October 6, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

The further adventures of Velcro and Mom 273 and Cub at the Platform, October 6, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

273 family group chewing on the lower river platform video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

Bear 273 & Velcro caught chewing platform 2016 10 06 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Bear 273 & Velcro caught chewing platform 2016 10 06 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.10.07:  273 with yearling (809) snapshots (#1 & #2by Bookmom .:

2016.10.08:

273 and her yearling taking over the lower river platform video by Melissa Freels:

Velcro and Mom, Taking over the LR Platform, October 8, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

Velcro and Mom, Taking over the LR Platform, October 8, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

Ratna Narayan's video :

Velcro and mom on the platform, playing P1 October 8, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

Velcro and mom on the platform, playing P1 October 8, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

273 and yearling (809) playing video by LuvBears.:

Katmai 273 and Velcro Bear Hug Wrestling 10 8 16 by LuvBears (273 & 809)

Katmai 273 and Velcro Bear Hug Wrestling 10 8 16 by LuvBears (273 & 809)

273 and yearling adventures diary video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

Adventure dairy of 273 & Velcro Brooks falls Katmai 2016-10-08 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Adventure dairy of 273 & Velcro Brooks falls Katmai 2016-10-08 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.10.13 - 2016.10.29:  Bookmom shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6 ) captured between October 13, 2016 and October 29, 2016:

2016.10.24:  KimBear17 shared these 10/24/2016 snapshots of 273 and yearling 809 on 4/5/2020, #1,  #2 and #3.

November 2016:

2016.11.03:  This is the last day 273 and her yearilng (809) were observed together on the live cams.  273 and yearling (809) in the lower river video by Erum Chad (aka Erie),:

Bear 273 and yearling cub Velcro Brooks falls Katmai 2016 11 03 17 40 10 635 by Erum Chad (aka Erie) (273 & 809)

Bear 273 and yearling cub Velcro Brooks falls Katmai 2016 11 03 17 40 10 635 by Erum Chad (aka Erie) (273 & 809)

Bookmom shared these snapshots (#1 & #2 ).  They were seen heading up from the LR and then appeared in the river beyond the riffles on the Falls cam. Then they went up the cut bank and across in front of the ranger's observation chair , Velcro following 273 and out of sight.:

LuvBears captured this video of 273 and her yearling (809) that fall day:
Velcro and 273 head away from the falls 230AKT 11 3 16 by LuvBears

Velcro and 273 head away from the falls 230AKT 11 3 16 by LuvBears

2016.11.25:  A Mike Fitz blog from 2016, titled Bears Have Long Memories , where he discusses learned behaviors as it relates to the escapades of 273 and her 2015 offspring, 809.

2017:  Single Adult Female

273 was included in the adult females section of the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 46:

2017 Season:

June 2017:

2017.06.22:  273 walking by the visitor center via Ranger Dave's June 23, 2017 08:42 comment .  Ranger Dave also shared this photo of 273.

2017.06.25:  273 being courted by an unidentified boar (603 or 801?) video by Melissa Freels.:

273 and Her Suitor, June 25, 2017, Brooks Falls, Alaska by Melissa Freels (603 or 801?)

273 and Her Suitor, June 25, 2017, Brooks Falls, Alaska by Melissa Freels (603 or 801?)

273 eating a fish video by Cheryl B:

2017 06 25 21 01 03 @ 8 00 PM AKDT Bear 273 (Velcro's mom) Eating a fish by Cheryl B

2017 06 25 21 01 03 @ 8 00 PM AKDT Bear 273 (Velcro's mom) Eating a fish by Cheryl B

273 video by Brenda D:

06.25

06.25.2017 - 273 in the far pool by Brenda D

A cam viewer captured this snapshot of 273 and another bear (274 Overflow maybe?):

2017.06.25 - 2017.06.28:  Bookmom shared these 273 snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6 ) captured between June 25 - 28, 2017.:

2016.06.26:  At approximately 21:05 Alaska time, Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 273 moving for 634 Popeye.:

273 Moves for 634 June 26, 2017 21 05 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

273 Moves for 634 June 26, 2017 21 05 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.06.27:  273 fishing the lip of the falls video by November Rain:

2017 06 27 00 52 02 059 by November Rain (273 on lip)

2017 06 27 00 52 02 059 by November Rain (273 on lip)

273 fishing in the far pool video by Ratna:

273 at the falls 6 27 2017 by Ratna Narayan

273 at the falls 6 27 2017 by Ratna Narayan

A cam viewer captured this snapshot of 273 standing on the rock in the far pool:

2017.06.28:  At approximately 16:50 into this Explore Recorder video 273 comes into view.  At approximately 54:54 603(?) or 801(?) can be seen attempting to get close to 273..:

Bear Cam - Brooks Falls Cam 06-28-2017 18 00 02 - 18 59 56

Bear Cam - Brooks Falls Cam 06-28-2017 18 00 02 - 18 59 56

At approximately 4:59 into this video by Ratna, 273 comes into view below the falls on the platform side of the river.:

Beady, cubs, Diver, 273, big black bear (603 or 801 ?) = chaos 6 28 2017 by Ratna

Beady, cubs, Diver, 273, big black bear (603 or 801 ?) = chaos 6 28 2017 by Ratna

273 charging who (503 Cubadult maybe?) in this video by birdnerd57:

2017-06-28 The Charge 273 charging another bear (503 maybe?) by birdnerd57

2017-06-28 The Charge 273 charging another bear (503 maybe?) by birdnerd57

July 2017:

2017.07.11:  32 Chunk displaces 755 Scare D. Bear, 273 and 700 Marge (maybe 700?) video by Melissa Freels:
32 Chunk Displaces 755, 273 and 700 Marge(?), July 11, 2017 by Melissa Freels

32 Chunk Displaces 755, 273 and 700 Marge(?), July 11, 2017 by Melissa Freels

Kcanada shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 273 taken July 11, 2017:

2017.07.12:  Brenda D's video of 634 Popeye courting 273:

07.12

07.12.2017 - 634 Popeye in Pursuit of 273 by Brenda D

634 Popeye courting 273 video by Melissa Freels:

273 to 634 Popeye "Not Interested!" July 12, 2017 by Melissa Freels-0

273 to 634 Popeye "Not Interested!" July 12, 2017 by Melissa Freels-0

At approximately 21:50 634 and 273 near the riffles platform video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

634 vs 273 July 12, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

634 vs 273 July 12, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Birgitt shared 7/12/2017 snapshots of 634 Popeye courting 273 on 4/5/2020, #1,  #2, #3 and #4.

2017.07.15:  32 Chunk, 273, and 151 Walker video  by Brenda D.:

07.15

07.15.2017 - 32 Chunk, 273, 151 Walker by Brenda D

Cam viewer Bearly shared this photo of 273 taken July 15, 2017:

2017.07.16:  273 and 151 Walker get grazered by 128 Grazer with her 3 yearlings in tow video by Erum Chad (aka Erie),:

Bear 128 Grazer grazed Walker and 273 Brooks Falls Katmai 2017 07 16 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Bear 128 Grazer grazed Walker and 273 Brooks Falls Katmai 2017 07 16 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2017.07.18:  Katmai Terrance blog:  Subadult Summer by Ranger David Kopshever where Ranger Dave says "273 returned to camp without her cub, indicating that he may have been emancipated as well."

August 2017:

2017.08.01:  273 (?) gets grazered by 128 Grazer [http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVdpFWB-DAU video] by Cheryl B:

2017 08 01 - Grazered (273 ?) by Cheryl B

2017 08 01 - Grazered (273 ?) by Cheryl B

September 2017:

2018:  Single Adult Female

273 was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 45:

2018 Season:

Cam viewer, JG shared these 2018 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 & #9 ) of 273:

July 2018: 

2018.07.12:  Lani H captured video of a sow believed to be 273, 7/12/2018.

273 7 12 2018 appx 11 45 am AK, video by Lani H

273 7 12 2018 appx 11 45 am AK, video by Lani H.

2018.07.13:  Is this 273 at the falls? 7/13/2018 video by Lani H.

273?? 7 13 2018 5 45am AK, video by Lani H

273?? 7 13 2018 5 45am AK, video by Lani H

856 follows 273 up the far path, 7/13/2018 video by Lani H.

856 follows 273 up the far path 7 13 2018 appx 1 30pm AK, video by Lani H

856 follows 273 up the far path 7 13 2018 appx 1 30pm AK, video by Lani H

Lani H captured 7/13/2018 video of 856 following 273 once again down to the riffles.

856 follows 273 once again down to riffles 7 13 2018 appx 2 30pm AK, video by Lani H

856 follows 273 once again down to riffles 7 13 2018 appx 2 30pm AK, video by Lani H

September 2018:

2018.09.28 18:38:  Xander-Sage-2 created this gif of 273.:

273 returns to the river, 9/28/2018 video by mckate.

28 Sep 2018 273 Returns to the River, video by mckate

28 Sep 2018 273 Returns to the River, video by mckate

CamOp Scout captured this 9/28/2018 snapshot of 273.

2018.09.29:  273 charges 806 "Little Lip Fisher" video by Birgitt.:

273 Charges LLF 2018-09-29 by Birgitt-0

273 Charges LLF 2018-09-29 by Birgitt-0

273 charges 806, 9/29/2018 video by mckate.

29 Sep 2018 273 Charges 806, video by mckate

29 Sep 2018 273 Charges 806, video by mckate

273 and 806 (not 804) have words then 806 sits by the bridge gate, 9/29/2018 video by Lani H.

273 and 806 (not 804) have words then 806 sits by bridge gate 9 29 2018, video by Lani H

273 and 806 (not 804) have words then 806 sits by bridge gate 9 29 2018, video by Lani H

October 2018:

2018.10.04:  273 passes 94 and her cubs video by Birgitt :

273 Passes 94 & Cubs on Spit 2018-10-04 by Birgitt

273 Passes 94 & Cubs on Spit 2018-10-04 by Birgitt

Erum Chad captured 10/4/2018 video of 273 on the spit.

Bear 273 pn spit RW Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 10 04 video by Erum Chad

Bear 273 pn spit RW Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 10 04 video by Erum Chad

2018.10.07: Lani H captured 10/7/2018 video of a large bear on the spit. Is this 273?

Large bear on spit (273?) 10 7 2018, video by Lani H

Large bear on spit (273?) 10 7 2018, video by Lani H

2019:  Adult Female with 3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter, Smallest is Female, Middle-sized is Female

2019 Season:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created a June and July, 2019 video of 273 and her 3 spring cubs.

Bear 273 and cubs June and July 2019 2, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 273 and cubs June and July 2019 2, video by Deanna Dittloff

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) also created a September and October, 2019 video of 273 and her 3 spring cubs.

Bear 273 and cubs Sept and Oct 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 273 and cubs Sept and Oct 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

273's smallest spring cub is a female.  273's middle-sized spring cub is a female.  Mazey's October 16, 2019 11:23 comment .:

2019.??.??:  Deon Mitton captured footage of 273 and her 3 spring cubs that can be seen at 1:43 into this video .:

Brown Bears of Katmai National Park 2019 Season by Deon Mitton-1

Brown Bears of Katmai National Park 2019 Season by Deon Mitton-1

2019.??.??:  Kevin captured video of 273 and her 3 spring cubs early in the 2019 season. The family can be seen at 0:00, 0:15, 0:32, 2:05 and 2:11.

Katmai National Park, Alaska, video by Kevin

Katmai National Park, Alaska, video by Kevin

2019.??.??:  273 and her 3 spring cubs are seen walking along the beach in this 2019 video by Martin Kirsten.

Mother bear with her cubs, video by Martin Kirsten

Mother bear with her cubs, video by Martin Kirsten

Tom Fenske Photography captured 5 photos of 273 and her 3 spring cubs, probably early in the season. Photos #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

Jen Hall captured this photograph of 273 and her 3 spring cubs in the 2019 season.

273 and her 3 spring cubs are seen briefly at 1:21 and 1:36 in this 2019 video by Artist Greg Arbutine.

Katmai Alaska Bear Adventure - Year 2019, video by Artist Greg Arbutine

Katmai Alaska Bear Adventure - Year 2019, video by Artist Greg Arbutine

CarolineB shared 2019 snapshots of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on 4/5/2020,  #1, #2 and #3. Xander-Sage-2 shared these 2019 art snapshots of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on 4/5/2020, #1 and #2. Amanda shared this 2019 sketch of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on 4/6/2020.

Scooch shared this poem and GIF of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on 4/6/2020.

July 2019:

2019.07.??:  This video by Kevin Forey appears to be from July, 2019. 273 and her 3 spring cubs can be seen at 0:00, 0:15, 0:31, 0:55, 2:04 and 2:10.

Katmai National Park, Alaska, video by Kevin Forey

Katmai National Park, Alaska, video by Kevin Forey

This Daniel Coller video appears to be from July, 2019. 273 and her 3 spring cubs can be viewed from 0:54-1:04, 2:37-2:45 and 2:50-3:02.

Katmai Brooks Falls, Alaska, video by Daniel Coller

Katmai Brooks Falls, Alaska, video by Daniel Coller


Wilde Weite Welt captured video of 273 and her 3 spring cubs in July 2019. The family can be seen resting on the lower river, the cubs nursing and the family fishing, 0:00-0:3:08.

TRAUMHAFT Braunbären-Mutter mit 3 niedlichen Jungtieren - Wonderful Bear Mom with three cubs, video by Wilde Weite Welt

TRAUMHAFT Braunbären-Mutter mit 3 niedlichen Jungtieren - Wonderful Bear Mom with three cubs, video by Wilde Weite Welt

In a 2nd video by Wilde Weite Welt, 273's 3 spring cubs are seen playing on the lower river from 3:11-4:10.

ACTION Lachs fischende & kämpfende Braunbären am Brooks Falls Teil 2 - Brown bears at Brooks Falls, video by Wilde Weite Welt-0

ACTION Lachs fischende & kämpfende Braunbären am Brooks Falls Teil 2 - Brown bears at Brooks Falls, video by Wilde Weite Welt-0


2019.07.08:  273 returned to the Brooks River with her 2nd known litter, 3 spring cubs.  Video by Lani H.:

273 with three coy on closed trail 7 8 2019 by Lani H

273 with three coy on closed trail 7 8 2019 by Lani H

273 and her 3 spring cubs were also observed traveling from the gravel bar, past the point and toward the corner.  Video by Lani H.:

273 with three COY from gravel bar to point and toward corner 7 8 2019 by Lani H

273 with three COY from gravel bar to point and toward corner 7 8 2019 by Lani H

273 returns with 3 spring cubs, 7/8/2019 video by mckate.

8 Jul 2019 273 Returns with Three Cubs! Video by mckate

8 Jul 2019 273 Returns with Three Cubs! Video by mckate

2019.07.14:  273's smallest spring cub holds her own in wrestling matches with its siblings, 7/14/2019 video by Birgitt. The smallest cub is believed to be female.

273's Tiny Cub Beats Up on on Her Siblings 2019-07-14, video by Birgitt

273's Tiny Cub Beats Up on on Her Siblings 2019-07-14, video by Birgitt

2019.07.15: 273's spring cubs wrestle on the closed path, 7/15/2019 video by Birgitt.

273's Spring Cubs Wrestling 2019-07-15 18-36-48-189, video by Birgitt

273's Spring Cubs Wrestling 2019-07-15 18-36-48-189, video by Birgitt

2019.07.20:  273 eats with a lot of assisstance, 7/20/2019 video by mckate.

20 Jul 2019 273 Eats with A Lot of Assistance, video by mckate

20 Jul 2019 273 Eats with A Lot of Assistance, video by mckate

Lani H captured 7/20/2019 video of 273's cub trying to get a piggy back ride.

273's coy gets a piggy back ride 7 20 2019, video by Lani H

273's coy gets a piggy back ride 7 20 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.21:  Cruiser shared this 7/21/2019 art snapshot of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on 4/5/2020.

2019.07.22:  Scooch shared this 7/22/209 snapshot of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on 4/5/2020.

2019.07.23:  273 shows great patience with her tiniest cub, 7/23/2019 video by mckate.

23 Jul 2019 273 Shows Great Patience with Her Tiniest Cub, video by mckate

23 Jul 2019 273 Shows Great Patience with Her Tiniest Cub, video by mckate

2019.07.24:  In this 7/24/2019 video by mckate, 273's cubs tree themselves.

24 Jul 2019 273's Cubs Tree Themselves, video by mckate

24 Jul 2019 273's Cubs Tree Themselves, video by mckate

2019.07.25:  Scooch created these gifs (#1 & #2 ) of 273 and her 3 spring cubs (p 01/28/2020 01:13 ).

(Wiki would not permit gifs to be added to gallery.  Files may be too large 2020.01.29.  Gif #1 18.9 MB, Gif #2 19.4 MB ~ LTC)

2019.07.28:  719 with 2 spring cubs and 273 with 3 spring cubs co-exist at the elbow, 7/28/2019 video  by Birgitt.

719 & 273 & Spring Cubs Coexisting at the Elbow Pt 1 2019-07-28 15-24-00-171, video by Birgitt

719 & 273 & Spring Cubs Coexisting at the Elbow Pt 1 2019-07-28 15-24-00-171, video by Birgitt

2019.07.31:  273 and her 3 spring cubs on closed trail video by Lani H.:

273 and coy on closed trail 7 31 2019 by Lani H

273 and coy on closed trail 7 31 2019 by Lani H

August 2019:

2019.08.01:  273's spring cubs play with a small tree, 8/1/2019 video by Lani H.

273's coy play with a small tree 8 1 2019, video by Lani H

273's coy play with a small tree 8 1 2019, video by Lani H

2019.08.02:  273 and her cubs are seen on the closed trail, 8/2/2019 video by Lani H.

273 and coy on the closed trail 8 2 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy on the closed trail 8 2 2019, video by Lani H

Birgitt captured 8/2/2019 video of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on the spit. The cubs are seen chewing on and playing with the boat ropes.

273's Spring Cubs Eating the Ropes 2019-08-02 14-53-50-896, video by Birgitt

273's Spring Cubs Eating the Ropes 2019-08-02 14-53-50-896, video by Birgitt

2019.08.02-08.05: Kacko and Goof_n captured an 8/3/2019 photo of 273 and her 3 spring cubs on the lower river. The photo was taken during their 8/2-8/5/2019 trip and shared in chat on 4/5/2020.

Please request Kacko & Goof_n's permission prior to using their photographs!

September 2019:

2019.09.??:  Melissa Freels captured this September, 2019 video of 273 and her spring cubs at Margot Creek.

A Quiet Morning with 273 and Cubs, video by Melissa Freels

A Quiet Morning with 273 and Cubs, video by Melissa Freels.

2019.09.16:  273 and her 3 spring cubs feeding on the lower river, 9/16/2019 video by Lani H.

273 and three coy 9 16 2019, video by Lani H

273 and three coy 9 16 2019, video by Lani H

2019.09.17:  273 and her 3 spring cubs can be seen feeding on the lower river in this 9/17/2019 video by Birgitt.

273 & coy on LR 2019-09-17 09-59-20-485, video by Birgitt

273 & coy on LR 2019-09-17 09-59-20-485, video by Birgitt

2019.09.18:  Lani H filmed video on 9/18/2019 of 273's 3 spring cubs wrestling on the closed path on a rainy day.

273's coy wrestling on the closed trail 9 18 2019, video by Lani H

273's coy wrestling on the closed trail 9 18 2019, video by Lani H

Birgitt captured 9/18/2019 video of 273 and her 3 spring cubs feeding by Naknek Lake.

273 & coy Feeding in Naknek Pt 1 2019-09-18 13-24-44-43, video by Birgitt

273 & coy Feeding in Naknek Pt 1 2019-09-18 13-24-44-43, video by Birgitt


2019.09.21:  273 nursing and playing with her spring cubs video by Arlene Beech.:

Mom bear (273) nursing and playing with her cubs. Brooks River

Mom bear (273) nursing and playing with her cubs. Brooks River. 21 September 2019 by Arlene Beech-0

Lani H's video of 273 nursing her cubs, 9/21/2019.

273 scratching her ear while napping with her 3 spring cubs gif created by Cruiser .:

Is 273's smallest of her 3 spring cubs a female?  Video by McKate.  McKate says "You have to look closely to see the two little squirts!".:

21 Sep 2019 273's Smallest Cub is Female bu McKate

21 Sep 2019 273's Smallest Cub is Female bu McKate

273 sleeps (long version), 9/21/2029 video by mckate.

21 Sep 2019 273 Sleeps (Long), video by mckate

21 Sep 2019 273 Sleeps (Long), video by mckate

 

273 sleeps (short version), 9/21/2019 video by mckate.

21 Sep 2019 273 Sleeps (Short), video by mckate

21 Sep 2019 273 Sleeps (Short), video by mckate

2019.09.22 08:48 or PRIOR:  Kara Stenberg's photos of 273's three spring cubs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) posted with Brooks Lodge's September 22, 2019 08:48 Facebook post .:

Please request Kara Stenberg's permission prior to using her photos!

2019.09.25:  273 with her 3 spring cubs and 708 with her 2 spring cubs met up on the spit on 9/25/2019, video by Birgitt. Note: Could the sow on the right have been 94 with yearlings? See note below with Lani H's video.

273 & 708 Amelia's coy Have a Convention on the Spit 2019-09-25

273 & 708 Amelia's coy Have a Convention on the Spit 2019-09-25

Lani H's video of the same event is titled "273 and coy meet 94 and yearlings." Note: There are 3 spring cubs with 273 on the left. The sow on the right appears to have 94's head/muzzle shape but only 2 yearlings are seen. The 3rd yearling could have been out of the frame. It is hard to know for sure who the 2nd sow and cubs are.

273 and coy meet 94 and yearlings 9 25 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy meet 94 and yearlings 9 25 2019, video by Lani H

2019.09.30:  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

Lani H also recorded the interactions between 171's cub and 273's 3 cubs in a  9/30/2019 video. "This trail isn't big enough for all of us, 273's and 171's coys rumble."

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

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

Birgitt also captured 9/30/2019 video of 171's cub "baby bluff charging."

171's coy vs 273's coy Baby Bluff Charging 2019-09-30 18-46-25-318, video by Birgitt

171's coy vs 273's coy Baby Bluff Charging 2019-09-30 18-46-25-318, video by Birgitt

October 2019:

2019.10.01:  273 and spring cubs near the bridge, 10/1/2019 video by Lani H.

273 and coy near the bridge 10 1 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy near the bridge 10 1 2019, video by Lani H

Birgitt also captured 10/1/2019 video of 273's cubs playing under the bridge.

273's coy Play Under the Bridge 2019-10-01 10-14-50-170, video by Birgitt

273's coy Play Under the Bridge 2019-10-01 10-14-50-170, video by Birgitt

2019.10.06:  Lani H captured 10/6/2019 video  of 273 and her 3 cubs resting and playing near the bridge.

273 and coy resting and playing near the bridge 10 6 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy resting and playing near the bridge 10 6 2019, video by Lani H

2019.10.07:  A very frosty morning for 273 and her 3 spring cubs on the closed trail, 10/7/2019 video by Lani H.

A frosty morning with 273 and coy 10 7 2019, video by Lani H

A frosty morning with 273 and coy 10 7 2019, video by Lani H

Birgitt also captured 10/7/2019 video of 273 and cubs frosty morning on the closed trail.

273 & coy Frosty Morning on the Closed Road 2019-10-07 09-36-0 1-981, video by Birgitt

273 & coy Frosty Morning on the Closed Road 2019-10-07 09-36-0 1-981, video by Birgitt

2019.10.09:  Lani H captured 10/9/2019 video of 273's cubs resting and playing on the closed trail before joining 273 to fish.

273 and coy on the closed trail 10 9 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy on the closed trail 10 9 2019, video by Lani H

2019.10.10:  273 and her 3 plump spring cubs were last observed on the cams on 10/10/2019. The family was seen snorkeling and fishing on the lower river, video by Lani H.

273 and coy snorkeling 10 10 2019, video by Lani H

273 and coy snorkeling 10 10 2019, video by Lani H

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 with 3 Yearlings, the 2 Smallest are Female

June 2020:

2020.06.17:  Bear 273 returned to Brooks Camp with 3 yearlings on 6/17/2020 . Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat to deliver the good news. She shared 2 photos, #1 with 273 alone and #2, 1 of 273's 3 yearlings.

"Afternoon NEWS ALERT. Bear 273 was just seen with all 3 yearlings here in the middle of camp. She's a little skittish at this point, so I was not able to get pictures of her and all her cubs, but here is one picture of her and of one cub."

2020.06.24:  Blair-55 created these gifs (#1 & #2 ) of 273 with her 3 yearlings in the lower river (p 06/24/2020 15:50 ).:

FrogsOn captured this snapshot of 273 and her 3 yearlings in memory of Juergen ♥ (p 06/24/2020 17:49 ).:

Lani H captured this video of 273 and her yearlings.:

273 and yearlings near the bridge 6 24 2020 by Lani H

273 and yearlings near the bridge 6 24 2020 by Lani H

2020.06.25:  273 and her yearlings near the bridge, 6/25/2020 video by Lani H.

273 and yearlings near the bridge 6 25 2020, video by Lani H

273 and yearlings near the bridge 6 25 2020, video by Lani H

273 and her yearlings arrive, 6/25/2020 video by mckate.

25 Jun 2020 273 and Her Yearlings Arrive, video by mckate

25 Jun 2020 273 and Her Yearlings Arrive, video by mckate

2020.06.30:  273 nurses her yearling cubs on the point as 435 Holly and her spring cub pass by, June 30, 2020 gif by Née BP.

Known Courting & Mating:

2017:

June 2017:

2017.06.25:  603(?) or 801(?) Courted 273:

273 being courted by 603(?) or 801(?) video by Melissa Freels:

273 and Her Suitor, June 25, 2017, Brooks Falls, Alaska by Melissa Freels (603 or 801?)-0

273 and Her Suitor, June 25, 2017, Brooks Falls, Alaska by Melissa Freels (603 or 801?)-0

July 2017:

2017.07.05:  32 Chunk was courting 273.
2017.07.12:  634 Popeye appeared to be courting 273, or at the least attempting to have 273 become more habituated to his close proximity.:

634 Popeye courting 273 video by Brenda D:

07.12

07.12.2017 - 634 Popeye in Pursuit of 273 by Brenda D-0

634 Popeye courting 273 video by Melissa Freels:

273 to 634 Popeye "Not Interested!" July 12, 2017 by Melissa Freels

273 to 634 Popeye "Not Interested!" July 12, 2017 by Melissa Freels

634 Popeye and 273 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

634 vs 273 July 12, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

634 vs 273 July 12, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

Known Litters of Cubs:

1st Known Litter:  1 Male Spring Cub, 809

2015:  1 Male Spring Cub, 1st Known Litter, 809

273 returned to Brooks Camp in July 2015 with her 1st known litter, 1 male spring cub.  The offspring is believed to be 809 .

2016:  1 Male Yearling, 809

273 returned to the Brooks River with her male offspring from her 2015 litter.

2017:  Successful Emancipation of 809

It is speculated that 273 successfully emancipated her 2015 male offspring.  The 2.5 year-old male offspring that is speculated to 273's 2015 male offspring was assigned the bear monitoring number 809.

2nd Known Litter:  3 Spring Cubs, Smallest is Female, Middle-sized is Female

2019:  3 Spring Cubs

273 returned to Brooks Camp on July 8, 2019 with her 2nd known litter, 3 spring cubs,  The smallest spring cub is a female.  The middle-sized spring cub is a female.  Mazey's October 16, 2019 11:23 comment .:

2020:  3 yearlings, the smallest is female, the mid-sized is female

Known Relatives:

Mother:  Not Known

Father:  Not Known

Offspring:

2015:  809 , Speculated

809 is believed to be the 2015 male offspring of 273.  There is speculation in the 2017 bear monitoring notes that 809 is the 2015 male offspring of 273, however there is no way to really confirm link between subadults to their mothers and siblings without DNA results.

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

273 was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016 for the genetics study. Is this 273 and her yearling in this video where Ranger Michael Saxton is retrieving the dart after darting the sow in this October 5, 2016 10:15 AM video by Geert 588?

Darted Is this 273? October 5, 2016 10 15 Ranger Michael Saxton retrieving dart video by Geert588

Darted Is this 273? October 5, 2016 10 15 Ranger Michael Saxton retrieving dart video by Geert588

2017:  No Known Attempts

There were no darting attempts of 273 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2017.

2018:  Awaiting Information from the Rangers

We are awaiting 2018 genetics study information from the rangers.

2019: For Future Use

For Future Use



A special thank you to KCanada for the NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

A special thank you to Xander-Sage for the gif of NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

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