Year First Identified: 2011 as 4.5 year-old subadult
Offspring Of: 438 Flo
Genetics Study Samples Obtained: There were no darting attempts of 274 Overflow in 2016. In 2017, 274 Overflow was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton.
274 Overflow is a young adult male. His is large for his age and has long legs, which gives him a lanky appearance. His coat is blond and fluffy especially around his face and forehead. In July, he quickly sheds out and his new coat grows in a dark brown except for a golden crown along the top of his head and ears. In the fall, he looks very simialr to 868, only smaller. St Mango was right about the fall "Patch" bear being 274 Overflow:
2018 & 2019: In late June and in July 274 has liked to perch on the rock by the far pool in a very distinctive way -- hind legs on the rock, extra-long front logs lower down, in the water.
274 Overflow is believed to be one of the two 2007 offspring of 438 Flo.
2009.??.??: Video by Jim Balkins in 2009 shows 438 Flo with her two 2.5 year old cubs by the island at Brooks Falls (5:52-6:09). One of them is thought to be 274 Overflow.
2009.??.??: 438 Flo and her two 2.5 year-old cubs (274 is one of them) can be seen in the lower river at 1:00 moving between the wedge and the closed trail, and at the falls at 1:16 into this video by Cheri Gerwig.:
2009.07.03: Bud Marschner captured this photograph of 438 Flo and her two 2.5 year-old cubs, one of which is believed to be 274 Overflow. 2009.07.05: Ranger Jeanne's photo of 438 Flo with her two 2.5 year-old cubs and 402 with her three yearlings.
2009.07.07: Ranger Jeanne's photo of 438 Flo and her two 2.5 year-old cubs.
2009.08.30: Vatsee flickr photos of 483 Flo nursing 274 Overflow and his littermate , 438 Flo sitting with 274 Overflow and his littermate, and 438 Flo with both 2.5 year-old, one of them resting their head on 438 .
2009.10.17: Ranger Jeanne's photo of 438 Flo nursing her 2.5 year-old cubs:
2010.??.??: (Could this be from July 14, 2010 ~ see link to Ranger Jeanne's similar 07/14/2010 photo) "In the bear's world, there are no moral standards. Some bears will steal salmon from other, less dominant bears to get an easy meal. This is called "pirating." In this particular situation in 2010, 438 and her two 3.5 year old cubs were able to gang up on a larger and normally more dominant male, taking his catch from him." (From April 8, 2016 KNP&P facebook post ) (Link to KNP&P 2010 photo only ):
2010.06.27: Ranger Jeanne's photo of 438 Flo and her two 3.5 year-old cubs near the Lower River Platform.
2010.07.17: Ranger Jeanne's photo of 438 Flo with her two 3.5 year-old cubs, 402, and an adult male on the lip of Brooks Falls. 2010.07.22: Jim & Deb Chagares captured these photographs of 438 Flo and her two 3.5 year-old cubs: #1 438 Flo (438 center between 402 center foreground and 634 Popeye center background) & 438 Flo's two 3.5 year-old cubs left (one of which is 274 Overflow); #2 438 Flo (left) with her two 3.5 year-old cubs (right, one of which is 274 Overflow); #3 438 Flo (left) with her two 3.5 year-old cubs (center & right, one of which is 274 Overflow); #4 438 Flo's two 3.5 year-old cubs (one of which is 274 Overflow); #5 438 Flo's two 3.5 year-old cubs (one of which is 274 Overflow); #6 438 Flo and one of her two 3.5 year-old cubs; and #7 438 Flo.
2011.??.?? (2011.08.01 or prior): Could this be 274 Overflow in this video by bcglaxer:
274 Overflow was included in the 2012 Bears of Brooks Camp iBook .
274 Overflow was included in the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 20:
274 was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 59:
2015.06.29 or PRIOR: Brown Bear (274 Overflow) has awkward pose while watching water at Brooks Falls, video by MSO Belle, 6/29/2015 or prior.
2015.10.15 (Date on video): 274 Overflow video by Tzz Oha:
274 Overflow was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 69:
Cam viewer snapshots of 274 Overflow:
274 Overflow video by Mickey Williams:
274 Overflow cowboy walking - 6/28/16 (19:00 start); Explore Recorder video .:Mike Fitz subsequently commented on June 29, 2016 at 10:29 about 274 Overflow's cowboy walking on the island below Brooks Falls due to some cam viewers concerns if 274 was injured or cowboy walking.:
"I was at the falls then. It might've been 274 Overflow. He's a young adult male with very long legs. Outwardly, he seems healthy although he does sit in peculiar ways. Here's a photo of him from last night."2016.06.29: 274 Overflow in the riffles video by Mickey Williams.:
June 2016 - July 2016:
2016.06.?? or 2016.07.??: 274 Overflow and 89 Backpack video by Mocha.:
2016.06.29 - 2016.07.03: Sometime between June 29, 2016 and July 3, 2016 park visitor 13blove13 captured 274 Overflow (right) stealing a fish from 410 (left) beginning at 1:40 into this video . 274 Overflow can also be observed at 2:49 into the video.:
July 2016:2016.07.02: 274 Overflow video by Mickey Williams.:
2016.07.05: 13:39: 274 Overflow successfully fishing alone at the falls video by Mickey Williams:
2016.07.12: 274 Overflow is seen snorkeling on the lower river in this 7/12/2016 video by angerbodha. It is noted that the visitors on the bridge should not have been that close filming him. Their presence have may deterred him from swimming under the bridge. At 0:12 you can see 274 hesitate, exit the water and take a detour away from the path. Also note the blonde "patch" on his left shoulder.
2016.07.13: 274 catches a fish video by Mickey Williams.:
2016.10.04: 274 Overflow video by Brenda D.:
2016.10.06: 274 Overflow (not 469 Patches) video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:274 Overflow video by David S.:
274 Overflow video by David S.:
2016.10.08: 274 Overflow (not 469 "Patches" as ID'd in video) displaced by unidentified boar video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:
274 Overflow is displaced by a bear that the ID of was unknown video by Ratna Narayan.:
2016.10.09: 274 Overflow (not 469 Patches) video by Brenda D.:
This video by Tzz Oha may help provide some "evidence" that "Patch bear" is 274 Overflow. This fall bear with the patch went from being dubbed at possibly 469 "Patches", 500 Indy to 274 Overflow. One of the things that confused many viewers about this fall bear with the shoulder patch is that he did not behave like 274 Overflow. Many viewers commented that he doesn’t use the rock in the far pool like 274 likes to. This video does provide some 274 Overflow known behaviors. From 3:55 to 7:55 in the video “Patched bear” is seen fishing from on top of the rock. At 7:05 he sits down on top of the rock, with his butt remaining on the rock while his front legs are in the water.:2016.10.15: Tzusrule captured this snapshot of 274 Overflow (p 01/30/2020 06:21 ).: This video by Tzz Oha may actually be from October 15, 2016, not October 15, 2015 as the video states. See the published date in 2016.
2016.10.22: 274 Overflow (not 469 Patches) video by Tzz Oha.:
2016.10.23: 274 Overflow (not 500) video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
274 Overflow was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 72:
June 2017:2017.06.??: 274 Overflow and 132 waiting for salmon video by Melissa Freels :
274 Overflow video by Ratna:274 Overflow "waiting" video by DTB:
274 Overflow still waiting video by angerbodha:
274 Overflow video by Ratna:
274 Overflow cute as a button video by Ratna.:
274 Overflow on the far pool rock video by Ratna:
More 274 Overflow video by Ratna.:
2017.06.25: 274 Overflow displaced video by Cheryl Burnside:
16:16: 274 Overflow video by Mickey Williams:
10:40: 274 Overflow sitting on the "table rock" video by Mickey Williams:
11:10: 274 Overflow video by Cheryl Burnside:23:??: 274 Overflow on island down river of Brooks Falls video by Mickey Williams;
274 Overflow video by Brenda D:On June 28, 2017, park visitor and photographer, Kristi Odom had a close encounter with "Frisky", a nickname she gave to 274 Overflow. Tripple Scoop Music posted a video of Kristi's close encounter and shared this information in the description of the video:
"Photographer Kristi Odom captures incredible images on her many adventures. On a recent trip to Katmai, Alaska, Kristi came a little too close for comfort to some charging bears. All we can say is "wow!" Kristi sent us a video recalling her hair-raising experience with some wonderful images of these amazing animals. Music soundtrack by Triple Scoop Music."
It appears that "Frisky" is seen at 1:51-1:59. Kristi Odom also captured a beautiful photo of 274 Overflow at 2:49 which is the thumbnail for the video. Kristi also shared this photograph of 274 Overflow on her instagram.
2017.06.29: 603 displaces 274 Overflow in this video by Brenda D:2017.06.30:
10:20: Cam viewer shapshots of 274 Overflow:
Please request Truman Everts' permission prior to using his photographs!
13:37: 274 Overflow in riffles video by Mickey Williams:
2017.07.09: 274 Overflow and 503 Cubadult video by Melissa Freels:
2017.07.10 08:04: Beginning at approximately 4:20 into this Explore Recorder video 274 Overflow steps into the live cam view. 274 enjoys fishing alone at the falls while the salmon are "boiling".
2017.07.13: 274 Overflow and 151 Walker in the riffles video by Melissa Freels:
2017.07.14: 274 Overflow and 151 Walker by GreenRiver:
2017.07.15: 274 Overflow ineptly fishing in the jacuzzi until 151 Walker comes along wanting to play. The fish are hitting 274 in the face and he still can't catch one. When 151 Walker came to play with 274, 274 really wanted to go back to trying to catch fish again. Explore Recorder video .:
Please request RiverPA's (aka Lee's) permission prior to using their photos!
2017.09.22: 274 Overflow video by Victoria White:
2017.09.26: 274 Overflow begging fish from 480 Otis video by Brenda D:
2017.10.18: 274 Overflow video by Brenda D:
Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 274 Overflow from during the 2018 season:
Martin Kerstin (outdoor_mk) posted a 2018 Instagram photo of 274 Overflow on 9/29/2018.
2018.06.25: 274 Overflow at the falls video by Ratna.:
2018.07.02: 274 Overflow comes splashing in and slip sliding away with 480 Otis and 747 calmly fishing nearby video by Melissa Freels.:
Please request NW Bear Love 92's permission before using any of their photographs of 274 Overflow!
2018.07.08: 274 Overflow begging fish from 409 Beadnose on the lip of the falls.
Video by Melissa Freels:
Video by tsaneda (aka Shovelbum81):
Video by tsaneda (aka Shovelbum81):
854 Divot and 274 Overflow have words video by Lani H:
274 Overflow was begging fish from and attempting to steal fish from 409 Beadnose. 274 found himself washing over the falls...head first on July 9, 2018.
Explore Highlight video .:
Video by Cruiser:
September 2018:video by Lani H.:
2018.09.05: 274 Overflow with 503 Cubadult video by Lani H.:Close-up of 274 Overflow video by mckate.:
2018.09.07: 274 Overflow licks 812's plate (rock) clean video by Lani H. 274 Overflow patiently waited for 812 to finish his meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, then eagerly bussed the table when 812 was finished.:
2018.09.22: 503 Cubadult bites 274 Overflow video by mckate.:
2018.10.09: 719 bluff charges 274 Overflow twice video by Lani H. 274 Overflow and 719 are standing near the island when another sub (812?) approaches 274 to play. :
2018.10.10: 274 Overflow at the falls video by Lani H. 274 Overflow, walking slowly from the fish ladder to past Backpack's rock, stopping briefly to eat part of a fish.:
2018 & 2019:
2018 vs 2019:
274 Overflow was not observed until late in September in 2019.
2019.09.29: 274 Overflow can be seen entering the far pool from the top of the falls in this 9/29/2019 video by Lani H.
2019.09.30: 274 Overflow makes an appearance at the falls, 9/30/2019 video by mckate.
2019.10.08: 274 Overflow crosses the lip of the falls in this 10/8/2019 video by Lani H.
2019.10.11: 274 Overflow near the Brooks falls platform, 10/11/2019 video by Lani H.
For future use
274 Overflow Exact Date Unknown:
2012 - 2019:
Known Courting & Mating:
Mother: 438 Flo, Speculated
Genetics Study Samples Obtained:
2016: None, Successful or Unsuccessful
There we no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 274 Overflow by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.
2017: Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton
274 Overflow was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2017.
2018: Awaiting Information from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P Staff
We are awaiting genetics study information for the 2018 season from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P staff.
2019: Awaiting Information from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P Staff
We are awaiting genetics study information for the 2019 season from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P staff.
2020: For Future Use
A special thank you to Stmango for the NPS photos of 274 Overflow from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.