284 May 19, 2017 NPS photo KNP&P facebook (zoom)

Adult Female 

Year First Identified:  2011 as 3.5 year-old subadult

Offspring Of:  284 is believed to be the 2008 offspring of 708 Amelia

Known Litters of Cubs:  2 (2016 ~ 2 Spring Cubs, 901 is btb one of these & 2020 ~ 2 Spring Cubs)

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  284 "Electra" was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.  Another attempt was made by Ranger Saxton in 2017, but it was unsuccessful.


Contents

Identification:

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:  284 is a medium-sized subadult who was classified as an independent 3.5 year-old in 2011.  She has a uniform, medium-brown coat and a prominent shoulder hump.   284 looks remarkably similar to her mother, 708 Amelia .

2018 Bears of Brooks River:  284 is a medium-sized adult with a uniformly dark blond or medium-brown coat in July. In the fall, her coat is brown and very grizzled. She has a very prominent shoulder hump and a tapered muzzle. 284 looks remarkably similar to 708, who is her mother.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:  Like many subadults, 284 is curious and explores the world around her through play.  People have watched her dig holes, bounce on fallen trees, slide down the river bank, and balance pumice on her nose.  

People who encounter 284 should give her extra space.  Despite growing up in the Brooks River area and often encountering humans, 284 has hop-charged people on several occasions.  284 also seems to pay extra attention to anglers, suggesting that she may have gotten fish from people in the past and now associates the two.


2018 Bears of Brooks River:  As a subadult, 284 was curious and explored the world around her through play. People watched her dig holes, bounce on fallen trees, slide down the river bank, and balance pumice on her nose. Her behavior has been described as erratic and even “crazy,” but these terms are not accurate descriptors. 284’s behavior was typical of many subadult bears who are still learning and exploring their world. 284 should be given extra space. Despite growing up in the Brooks River area and often encountering humans, she has hop-charged people on several occasions. 284 also seems to pay extra attention to anglers, suggesting that she may have gotten fish from people in the past and now associates the two.

Life History:

2008:  Spring Cub with 708 Amelia, No Littermates

284 "Electra" is believed to be the 2008 offspring of 708 Amelia .  This was 708 Amelia's first known litter.  

July 2008:

2008.07.26:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 708 Amelia and spring cub 284 "Electra".

2008.07.27-07.28: Jim Chagares photographed spring cub 284 with 708 from 7/27-7/28/2008, photo #'s 10, 32-51, 53-60 and 64-72. Mike Fitz confirmed the identification from photos on a now inactive Flickr site . They can now be seen on Jim Chagare's website .

September 2008:

2008.09.??:  708 Amelia and spring cub, 284 "Electra" video by Tylerbp6:

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Bear and Cub at Brooks Falls Alaska September 2008 by Tylerbp6

2009:  Yearlings with 708 Amelia 

284 "Electra" was a yearling remaining with her mother, 708 Amelia in 2009.

June 2009:

2009.06.29:  708 Amelia with 284 "Electra" video by foreseit:

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Katmai National Park Bear Jam on June 29, 2009 video by foreseit

Ranger Jeanne's photo of 708 Amelia and yearling 284 "Electra".

Cam viewer and BWA President, Michael's June 29, 2009 photo of 708 Amelia with yearling 284.

2010:  2.5 Year-Old Cub with 708 Amelia

708 Amelia kept 284 "Electra" into her 3rd summer and fall.

2010 Season:

708 Amelia and 284 "Electra" can be seen playing in this video by cam viewer and park visitor GrizBear44.  This is the last year that 708 and 284 spent together as a family group.:

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Brown Bears - Alaska - 2011 by GrizBear44

July 2010:

2017.07.17:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 708 Amelia and 2.5 year-old 284 "Electra" on Spit Road.

2011:  Newly Emancipated 3.5 Year-Old Independent Female Subadult

284 "Electra" was successfully emancipated by 708 Amelia in 2011.  284 was initially classified as a 3.5 year-old independent female subadult in 2011.  

July 2011:

September 2011:

2012:  4.5 Year-Old Female Subadult, Nickname "Fatters"

284 was included in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:

2012 Season:

In 2012, the bear monitor prior to Ranger Leslie Skora listed the nickname "Fatters" for 284 in the 2012 bear monitoring record .

July 2012:

2012.07.06:  284 near lower river platform video by endoplasmic1357:

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Alaska 20120706 11 Bear walking on trail by endoplasmic1357

Another video by endoplasmis1357 of 284 near lower river platform.:

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Alaska 20120706 12 Bear walking on trail by endoplasmic1357

284 near floating bridge video by endoplasmic1357:

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Alaska 20120706 13 Bear and the float bridge by endoplasmic1357

284 eating grass on grassy point video by endoplasmic1357:

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Alaska 20120706 14 Bear eats grass by endoplasmic1357

September 2012:

2013:  5.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

2013 Season:

2013.??.??:  284 "Electra" dancing on the spit video by Explore:

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The Dancing Bear 284 "Electra" 2013 season by Explore

2013.??.??:  Kara Stenberg captured these photographs of 284 during the 2013 season.:

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

July 2013:

2013.07.11:  SandyK29 captured this photo of 284 "dancing" on the lower river on 7/11/2011. Sandy described the photo: "This sow put on quite the show for us humans one morning while we watched from the Lower Brooks River Platform. She was romping and splashing, and even doing a little dancing, as she tried to catch her salmon breakfast."

2013.07.15:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 284 "Electra".

2013.07.19:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 284 "Electra".

2013.07.21:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 284 "Electra":  photo #1 , photo #2 , and photo #3 .

September 2013:

2013.09.03:  Could this be 284 "Electra in this gif by Juergen?

2014:  6.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

284 "Electra: was included in the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 48:

284's 2014 bear monitoring record:

May 2014:

2014.05.23 - 2014.05.25:  Over the weekend of May 23, 2014 - May 25, 2014 284 "Electra" was observed mating with an unidentified (at the time) boar per Ranger Roy Wood.

2014.05.29:  284 "Electra" was observed walking along the beach in front of camp during NPS staff training.

June 2014:

2014.06.11:  284 "Electra" was observed at Brooks Camp per Ranger Roy Wood.

2014.06.20 22:15:  284 "Electra" was observed at Brooks Camp.

2014.06.27 - 2014.06.29:  Ranger Jeanne observed 284 "Electra" while at Brooks Camp.

July 2014:

2014.07.??: Brooks Lodge Facebook posted this July, 2014 Kara Stenberg photo of 284 "Electra" on 7/6/2014. "Bear 284 around Camp - maybe we should name her Tiny."

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

2014.07.03:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 284 "Electra":  photo #1 , and photo #2 .

2014.07.06:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 284 "Electra".  

2014.07.07:  284 "Electra" was observed with a front paw/leg injury.

2014.07.12:  284 "Electra" was observed at Brooks Camp.

2014.07.26:  284 Electra was observed on the spit on 7/26/2014, video by Janie Nook. Her hump is noted to be quite large.

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Bear 284 F 2014 07 26, video by Janie Nook

2014.07.29:  284 "Electra: standing on hind legs below Brooks Falls.  Video by Arlene Beech.:

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Standing Bear Brooks Falls July 29, 2014 by Arlene Beech

August 2014:

2014.08.31 or prior: Brooks Lodge shared a Kara Stenberg photo collage of 284 "Electra" on August 31, 2014. "Kara says - This is my favorite bear, #284, who is the offspring of Amelia, #708. She used to hang out in camp a LOT so I have more photos of her than of any other bear. You can see in these photos that she is a stark 2-tone bear in spring but a uniform brown/grey in autumn. She is also very recognizeable in spring by her long fur on her hump and forelegs which all but disappears in her winter coat. But her bone structure, posture, ear shape, and other characteristics are unmistakeable to the trained eye."

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

September 2014:

2014.09.14 or prior: Brooks Lodge shared a Kara Stenberg 2009/2013 photo collage of 284 "Electra" on September 14, 2014. "Kara says - this is #284 as a yearling cub in 2009 and on the bottom as an adult in 2013 at 4 years of age. Notice her tightly laid-back ears, rectangular muzzle, and open-mouthed grin."

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

2014.09.06:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 284 "Electra":  photo #1 , photo #2, and photo #3 .

2015:  7.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

284 "Electra" is included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 35:

May 2015:

2015.05.17:  284 "Electra" was observed and recorded courting with 151 Walker by Ranger Mike Fitz.  The first pair of bears in the video are 284 "Electra" and 151 Walker.  The second pair of bears is 854 Divot and 634 Popeye:

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Courting bears on Dumpling Mountain May 17, 2015 video by Mike Fitz-2

284 "Electra: and 151 Walker on Dumpling Mountain, NPS photo from KNP&P flickr.:

2015.05.18 - 2015.05.21:  284 was observed at Brooks Camp between May 18, 2015 and May 21, 2015.

June 2015:

2015.06.25: 284 "Electra" is seen on the lower river on the first day of live cams, 6/25/2015 video by 12gizmo16.

2015.06.29 or Prior:  284 "Electra" fishing in the lower Brooks River video by MSO Belle. MSO Belle filmed 5 additional videos of 284 "Electra" on their visit.

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Lower River of Brooks River with bear fishing by MSO Belle

Curious bear (284 "Electra")  eyes some anglers,video by MSO Belle, 6/29/2015 or prior.

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Curious bear eyes some anglers, video by MSO Belle, 6 29 2015 or prior

Female bear (284 "Electra") running on beach, video by MSO Belle, 6/29/2015 or prior.

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Female bear running on the beach, video by MSO Belle, 6 29 2015 or prior

Female bear (284 "Electra") continues to play in the river, video by MSO Belle, 6/29/2015 or prior.

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Female Bear continues to play in the river, video by MSO Belle, 6 29 2015 or prior

Female bear (284 "Electra") splashing around in the river, video by MSO Belle, 6/29/2015 or prior.

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Female bear splashing around in the river, video by MSO Belle, 6 29 2015 or prior

Bear (284 "Electra") is sad she can't use the bridge,video by MSO Belle, 6/29/2019 or prior.

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Bear is sad she can't use the bridge, video by MSO Belle, 6 29 2015 or prior

July 2015:

2015.07.??: A very thin looking 284 "Electra" is seen in this July, 2015 Kara Stenberg photo. Brooks Lodge Facebook posted the photo on 9/14/2015.

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

2015.07.13: A 7/13/2015 photo of 284 by Jack Denger was confirmed by Mike Fitz on 4/23/2020.

September 2015:

2016:  8.5 Year-Old Adult Female w/ 2 Spring Cubs, Female 901 brb 1 of 2, Speculated

284 was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 42:

2016 Season:

In 2016, 284 returned to Brooks River with her first known litter, two spring cubs. The family was seen fishing the riffles, cut bank, and lower river area. 284 often stood on her hind legs while fishing, likely an attempt to monitor the proximity of other bears and people to her vulnerable cubs.  901 , initially classified as a 2.5 year-old independent subadult in 2018, is believed to be a female offspring from this 284 litter.

284 with her two spring cubs near the floating bridge video by Mocha:

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284 cubby cuteness 2016 by Mocha

June 2016:

2016.06.23:  284 "Electra" and her first known litter of cubs, 2 spring cubs were observed at Brooks Camp. 2016.06.30 21:30:  284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs video by Ratna:

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Electra and cubs June 30, 2016 21 30 by Ratna

Additional footage of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs by Ratna:

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Mom 284 and cubs on spit June 30, 2016 by Ratna

In the late night hours of June 30, 2016, Erum Chad (aka Erie) captured this video of 284 and her two spring cubs.:

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284 Electra with 2 Coys Late night 2016-06-30 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

June 2016 - July 2016:

2016.06.29 - 2016.07.03:  284 and her two spring cubs can be seen at 0:18 into this video by 13blove13.:

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Katmai National Park & Preserve 2016.06.29 - 2016.07.03 video by 13blove13-1

July 2016:

2016.07.??:  284 was observed with her cubs in a video by ncheel044, from 0:13-0:17 that appears to be from early July.

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Grizzly Bears of Katmai National Park, Alaska - Brooks Falls, video by ncheel044-0

2016.07.??: Kara Stenberg's July, 2016 photo of 284 "Electra." The photo was shared on Brooks Lodge Facebook on 7/30/2016.

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

2016.07.01:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 284 "Electra" and her two spring cubs.

This July 1, 2016 video by Ratna shows 284 "Electra: and her two spring cubs on the spit near the overturned boat in the beginning (284 is believed to be 708 Amelia's offspring) and then at approximately 4:11 into the video, 708 Amelia and her 2 yearlings can be seen near the grassy point.:

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There are 2 sets of moms and cubs on this video, one hazy, one clear.Please identify July 1, 2016 by Ratna 284 with 2 spring cubs & 708 with 2 yearlings-0

At approximately 09:45 AKDT, Mickey Williams captured this Part 1 video of 284 and her two spring cubs from Spit Road to the floating bridge on the Lower River East cam..:

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9 45 am 070116 mom 284 Electra with 2 spring cubs part1 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

At approximately 09:58 AKDT, Mickey Williams captured this Part 2 video of 284 and her two spring cubs from the grassy point back to Spit Road on the Lower River East cam.:

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9 58 am 070116 mom 284 Electra with 2 spring cubs part2 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

At approximately 18:40 AKDT, Mickey Williams captured this video of 284 and her spring cubs on the spit.:

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6 40 pm 070116 mom 284 Electra and cubs Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

Juergen's gif of 284 and her two spring cubs.

August 2016:

2016.08.07: 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs at the falls, 8/7/2016 video by Melissa Freels.

2016.08.09: Melissa Freels 8/9/2016 video of 284 "Electra" and cubs on the lower river.

September 2016:

2016.09.16:  Cam viewer and park visitor, KenaiRiver shared these two photos (#1 & #2 )  of 284's spring cubs.

October 2016:

2016.10.19:  284 Electra's spring cubs video by LuvBears:

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Katmai Furry Siblings 284s coys 10 19 16 video by LuvBears

284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs and 708 Amelia with her 2 yearlings video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:

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Bear 284 with 2 coys 708 with 2 yearlings Brooks falls katmai 2016 10 19 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)-0

2016.10.21:  Goldilocks, Canada shared 2 snapshots of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs from 10/21/2016.

284 and her 2 spring cubs are seen in this 10/21/2016 video by flyer 7474 from 3:43-6:10.

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Oct 21 2016 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, video by flyer 7474

284 "Electra" can be seen in the riffles area with her 2 spring cubs in this 10/21/2016 video by Linda R. Jett. Note: This is 284, not 504.

2016.10.24:  284 "Electra" and cubs video by Melissa Freels:

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284 and Coys, October 24, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

2017:  9.5 Year-Old Adult Female with 2 Yearling Cubs, Female 901 , Speculated

284 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 47:

2017 Season:

284 continued to raise both yearling cubs through 2017. She remained defensive around humans, hop-charging bear management staff several times throughout the season.

2017.??.??: A video by Mary Hallowell was posted on 3/18/2019 which shows 284 and her 2 yearlings in 2017, exact date unknown. The 2 yearlings can be seen rolling around on the grass outside of Brooks Lodge. Mary commented "Bear # 284’s two cubs “ Rollin’ on a New Mowed Lawn!"

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Mom and kids visiting Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park, AK, video by Mary Hallowell

2017.??.??: 284 "Electra"with yearling 901 (lighter) and sibling, 2017 Instagram photo by Juan Carlos Mimó.

May 2017:  

2017.05.19:  284 and her two yearlings were observed at Brooks Camp. (See photos with KNP&P's May 22, 2017 facebook post )

2017.05.22:  KNP&P's May 22, 2017 Facebook post re: 284 and her two yearlings being seen over the past weekend.:

"Bears in camp!

Some of the first bears of 2017 were spotted in Brooks Camp over the weekend. The picture below appears to be of #284 and both her yearling cubs. #284 is a young sow and a first time mother. She’s adapted her behavior since taking on mothering duties last year, growing up from a playful subadult to a cautious and caring protector.

...NPS Photos/D. Kopshever: (#1 ) Bear 284's cub stands in profile view in a patch of grass. (#2 ) Bear 284 crosses a gravel path in front of a camp building. (#3 ) Bear 284 and her two yearling cubs walk along a gravel path towards a camp building."

June 2017:

July 2017:

2017.07.xx (2017.07.21 or PRIOR):  284 and her two yearlings can be seen outside the cabins at Brooks Camp in this video by instagrammer aprmofoto (posted July 21, 2017).  The lighter of the two yearlings is now believed to be subadult 901. The darker of the 2 offspring was not classified and assigned a bear monitoring number as 901 was given. 

2017.07.??: Bear cam watcher and Brooks Camp visitor Cheekyjoy shared photos from their July, 2017 visit to Brooks Camp, #1 and #2. "Hi Bear lovers! I believe this is #284 (?) with two cubs in July 2017; taken on the beach."

Please request Cheekyjoy's permission prior to using their photographs!

2017.07.??: Brooks Lodge Facebook shared three July, 2017 Kara Stenberg photos of 284 "Electra" and her yearlings on 7/15/2017, 7/16/2017 and 9/3/2017. In photo #1, 284 chases salmon, photo #2 shows the family at Brooks Falls and in photo #3, 284 and her cubs "visit the lodge." Please request Kara Stenberg's permission prior to using her photographs!

2017.07.03:  Brooks Camp visitor Aaron Lo captured this photo of 284 and her yearlings on 7/2/2017.

2017.07.05:  An early season video by flyer 7474 (a typo on the video says 3 yearlings but there were only 2 spring cubs in 2016) shows 284 and her 2 yearlings by the gravel bar, 7/5/17. 284 appears to be fairly thin. 

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284 and Her 2 Yearlings on 2017 07 05, video by flyer 7474


2017.07.08:  284 "Electra" and her two yearlings video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).:

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284 and 2 Yearlings by the Brooks River July 8, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.07.09: Ryan Petersen captured video of 435 Holly and her 2 spring cubs on July 9, 2017. The family is seen trying to make their way through camp after coming up from the beach. They are followed in the video by 284 and her 2 yearlings who also are seen trying to move through camp.

2017.07.11:  At approximately 23:45 AKDT Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 284 "Electra" and her two yearlings vs the tree.:

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284 Yearling vs. Tree July 11, 2017 at approximately 23 45 AKDT by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.07.11 or prior:  Park visitor John Hung posted 10 videos from his visit to Brooks Camp in 2017. The dates the videos are posted are from 7/11-8/10/1017 so the following 3 videos of 284 and her 2 yearlings are from 7/11/2019 or prior. Video #1, video #2 and video #3.

284 and her 2 yearlings are viewed in a play session by the point (0:00-1:54),  video by John Hung, 7/11/2017 or prior.

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棕熊BB 284 and her 2 yearlings play on the point 2017 07 11 or prior, video by John Hung

284 and her yearlings on the gravel bar and beach below camp (1:05-2:15), video by John Hung, 7/11/2017 or prior.

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倆小無猜 284 and her yearlings on the gravel bar and beach below camp, video by John Hung, 7 11 2017 or prior

284's cubs in a play session on the lower river (0:30-3:04), video by John Hung, 7/11/2017 or prior.

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棕熊天倫樂 284's yearlings in a play session on the lower river, video by John Hung, 7 11 2017 or prior

2017.07.16 or Prior:  Brooks Lodge's July 16, 2017 07:30 Facebook post with Kara Stenberg's photograph of 284 and her 2 yearlings .:

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

2017.07.16 - 2017.07.18:  This video by Graham Bloye was posted on 7/19/2017 from a 7/16-7/18/2017 trip to Brooks Camp.  284 and her 2 yearlings are observed fishing near Brooks Falls, 1:44-2:19. 

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Brown Bears at Brooks Falls 16-18 July 2017, video by Graham Bloye

2017.07.17:  Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured some footage from various dates / times that begin at approximately 22:51 AKDT on July 16, 2017.  The video is titled July 17, 2017.  The next segment of footage included in the video is from July 17, 2017 at approximately 06:10 AKDT, 07:15 AKDT, 08:05 AKDT, and then at approximately 08:40 am on July 17, 2017 284 and her two yearlings can be seen (approximately 03:53 into the video).  284 catches a fish, then shortly after (approximately 4:30 into the video one of her yearlings (now 901 ) comes down from the rock and successfully secures a fish independently then returning to the rock to consume their catch.  The 2nd yearling climbs down from the rock to join 284 downriver to share 284's catch.

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July 16, 2017 22 51 AKDT - July 17, 2017 - July 18, 2017 00 00 Brooks Falls by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

2017.07.23:  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured this photograph of 284 "Electra" with her two yearlings (p 02/09/2020 19:06 ).:

Please request Bonnie Hankins' (aka NutsBoutBears) permission prior to using her photographs!

2017.07.24:

284 "Electra" and her two yearlings from lower river platform video by Scammin:

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284 and cubs from lower river platform 7-24-17 video by Scammin

284 "Electra" and cubs in camp, observed from the hill outside the Trading Post video by Scammin:

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284 and cubs in camp 7 24 17 video by Scammin

2017.07.25:  On 7/25/17 284 was observed chasing a subadult with her two yearlings following behind, video by Martina.  The dark spot that is sometimes visible near the top of 901's right front leg is visible in Martina's 7/25/17 video.   901 is the lighter cub in the video..

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2017 07 25 284 chasing a subadult LR, video by Martina

2017.07.28:  The playful cubs and 284 are seen in 3 Kara Stenberg photos posted 7/28/17, on Brooks Lodge Facebook.

August 2017:

2017.08.12:   Victoria White captured 284 and her yearlings at Brooks Falls for a fishing session in an 8/12/2017 video.

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284 & Cubs at Brooks Falls ~ 2017 08 12, video by Victoria White

2017.08.13:  The 284 family is seen on 8/13/17 fishing in the far pool and sitting on the table rock at Brooks falls, video by Brenda D. At the end of the video at 5:14 you will observe a bit of a sibling spat. 

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08.13.2017 - 284 and Cubs - 3 Bear Butts on a Rock, video by Brenda D

At approximately 13:30 AKDT, Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 284 "Electra" and her two yearlings at the falls.:

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284 and Yearlings 2017 08 13 approximately 23 30 AKDT by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)


2017.08.18: 17:55:  284 "Electra" chases 503 Cubadult video by Cheryl Burnside:

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2017 08 18 @ 5 55 PM AKDT 284 goes after 503 like lightening video by Cheryl Burnside

32 Chunk spoils 284 family fishing party video by Melissa Freels.:

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32 Chunk Spoils 284 Family Fishing Party, August 13, 2017 by Melissa Freels-0

284 "Electra" chases 503 Cubadult video by FE Harrison ~ longer version of above video.

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503 gets chased by mama bear 284 cam op Nan by FE Harrison

503 gets 284'd (the 284 version of a bear being "GRAZERED") video by Melissa Freels.  Another way to look at this could be 503 Cubadult gets "ELECTRAfied".:

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503 Gets 284'd, August 18, 2017 by Melissa Freels

2017.08.19:  At approximately 08:41 AKDT, Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 284 "Electra".  284 chases 151 Walker up to the Lip of Brooks Falls:

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"Yikes! It's 284" 2017 08 19 (2 Views) by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.08.21:  284 and her two yearlings at the falls video by Brenda D.:

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08.21.2017 - 284 And Cubs At The Falls by Brenda D

2017:08:21 or prior:  A 2017 video posted on 8/21/2017 by Mel Malinowski shows 284 with her playful cubs on the beach. The family is noted to have put on significant weight.

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Young bears at play 08 21 2017 or prior, video by Mel Malinowski

2017.08.31:  284 "Electra" and her two yearlings video by Ratna.:

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284 and chubs August 31, 2017 by Ratna

Explore Recorder video of 284 and her two yearlings beginning at 26:26, 901 is speculated to be the lighter of these two cubs.  

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Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 08-31-2017 13 02 05 - 13 59 51 Explore Recorder video

Shel captured these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 & #7 ) of 284 and her two yearlings at the same time as the above Explore Recorder video is from (p 02/09/2020 20:46 ).:

284 and her 2 yearlings video by Brenda D.:

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08.31.2017 - 284 and Cubs at the Falls, with the Tree by Brenda D

Ratna Narayan also filmed 284 and her 2 yearlings at the falls on 7/31/2017,video by Ratna.

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08.31.2017 - 284 and Cubs at the Falls, with the Tree, video by Ratna Narayan-0

September 2017:

2017.09.??:  284 "Electra's" lighter yearling video by Melissa Freels.  This cub has a wound on the inside of it's left rear leg up towards it's hip.:

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284's Light-colored Cub, September 2017 video by Melissa Freels

2017.09.??:  Melissa Freels shared these September 2017 photos of 708 Amelia (top photo) and 284 "Electra"   (bottom photo) from her trip to Brooks Camp.  Melissa also shared this photo of one of 284's yearlings.

2017.09.03 or prior:  284 and her 2 yearlings pay a visit to Brooks Lodge on 9/3/2017 or prior, Kara Stenberg photo.

2017.09.04:  284 "Electra" and her two yearlings video by Brenda D.  At approximately 7:56 into the video, the lighter of the two yearlings urinates.  What do you think?  Male or female?.:

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09.04.2017 - 284 and Cubs at the Falls by Brenda D

Explore Recorder video of 284 "Electra"' and her two yearlings beginning at approximately the 25:16 mark.  The .:lighter of the two yearlings can be observd urinating at approximately 34:09 into the video.:

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Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-04-2017 16 00 12 - 16 59 57 Explore Recorder

Victoria White's 9/4/2017 video of 284 "Electra" and her spring cubs resting and fishing by the Brooks Falls platform.

October 2017:

2017.10.??:  In early October 2017 Ranger Kristen Davis captured this NPS video of 284 "Electra" and her two yearlings fishing on an East winds day while the family group battles three foot waves in Naknek Lake   On days when the wind at Brooks Camp blows hard to the east, Naknek Lake can develop some pretty big waves. Bears capitalize on the windy conditions by scooping up dead salmon that wash towards the shore. KNP&P shared Ranger Kristen Davis' video in their October 11, 2017 Facebook post. 2017.10.??:  284 with her two yearlings and 708 Amelia with her two 2.5 year-old cubs can be seen in this October 2017 slideshow video by GreenRiver.:

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Winter Comes to Katmai October 2017 by GreenRiver-0

2017.10.??:  GreenRiver captured these snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 284 "Electra: and her two cubs (p 02/09/2020 08:04 ).  GreenRiver captured this snapshot of 708 Amelia (near) with 284 "Electra" far (p 02/09/2020 08:11 ).:

2017.10.06:  On 10/6/17 284 is seen with her 2 yearlings fishing and resting on the island at Brooks Falls, video by flyer 7474. Of interest, in the beginning of the video, 284's Mother 708 is observed sitting under the Brooks Falls platform with her two large 2.5 year old cubs.

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284 and Her Yearlings At Brooks Falls 2017 10 06, video by flyer 7474

2017.10.18:   At approximately 18:30 Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 284 and her two yearlings.:

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284 And Her Yearlings At Brooks Falls 2017 10 18 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Melissa Freels also captured video on 10/18/2017. 284 and her cubs have a long rest session below the Brooks Falls platform and then search for fish by the island.

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284 and Cubs, October 18, 2017, video by Melissa Freels

KCanada shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 284 "Electra" with her two yearlings at the falls on October 18, 2017.:

18:00 - 19:00:  284 "Electra" and cubs at approximately 30:07 into this Explore Recorder video :

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Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 10-18-2017 19 00 10 - 20 00 00 Explore Recorder video

2017.10.22:  708 Amelia with her two 2.5 year-old cubs at Backpack's rock and 284 "Electra" with her two yearlings at the island video by Ratna.:

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Amelia on her rock, Electra and cubs on island 10 22 2017 by Ratna-0

KCanada shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 284 "Electra" and her two yearlings at the falls on October 22, 2017.:

Explore's October 22, 2017 highlight video "Bear 284 with cubs".  708 Amelia and her two 2.5 year-old cubs leave when 284 "Electra" and her two yearlings show up. 284 "Electra" is believed to be the daughter of 708 Amelia.

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Mom Bear And Cubs Crash The Party - Brown Bears Live Cam Highlight 10 22 17 Explore highlight video

Flyer 7474 also captured video of 284 and her yearlings on a snowy morning, 10/22/2017. 

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284 and Her Yearlings on a Snowy Morning 2017 10 22, video by flyer 7474

2017.10.22 not 2017.10.23:  Erum Chad (aka Erie)'s video that shows 284 "Electra" and her two cubs at 1:42 and then 708 and her two 2.5 year-old cubs at 2:47.:  (See 10/22/2017 published date)

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Bear 284 with cubs tail gated by 708 and cubs Brooks falls katmai 2017 10 23 00 07 59 769 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)-0

At approximately 10:45 AKDT on October 22, 2017, Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 284 "Electra" and her 2 yearlings on a snowy morning:

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284 and Her Yearlings on a Snowy Morning 2017 10 22 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Cruiser shared this 10/22/2017 snapshot collage of 284 "Electra" and her 2 yearlings in the snow. "Snow Day at Brooks Falls."

2018:  10.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

284 "Electra" was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 46:

2018 Season:

JG shared these 2018 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 , #13 , #14 , #15 , #16 , #17 , #18 #19 , #20 , #21 , #22 , #23 , #24 & #25 ) of 284 "Electra" taken between July 10, 2018 and September 21, 2018.:

Dobby Man captured video of 284 "Electra" walking through camp at 2:23-2:40. The video was posted on 8/19/2018.

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Brooks Falls, Alaska., 2018 video by Dobby Man

July 2018:

2018.07.06: Brooks camp visitor NWBearLove92 shared 7/6/2018 photos of 284 "Electra" in chat on 2/24 2021, #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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


August 2018:  

2018.08.20:  Another Pooh after Honey video by mckate.  This time it's 284 Electra's girl who just knows there are fish in there!:

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20 Aug 2018 Another Poo After Honey by mckate

September 2018:

2018.09.17:  708 Amelia runs past (or is this 284 "Electra" ??? )  909 & 910, and 910 comes out of the river: 

Lower River West cam footage video by Birgitt.:

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708 Runs Past 910 & 909 & 903 Come out of Water LR Cam View 2018-09-17 by Birgitt (Could this be 284? and not 708?)-0

Lower River East cam footage video by Birgitt:

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708 Runs Past 910 & 909 & 903 Come out of Water RW 2018-09-17 by Birgitt (Could this be 284? and not 708?)-0

2018.09.21:  503 Cubadult tries to greet 284 "Electra" video by mckate.  284 is less than thrilled.:

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21 Sep 2018 503 Tries to Greet 284 by mckate

2018.09.22:  Explore Recorder video that includes 284 "Electra" near the fish ladder beginning at approximately 31:40 into the video.:

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Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-22-2018 09 00 10 - 09 59 57 Explore Recorder Video

2019:  11.5 Year-Old Adult Female

2019 Season:

2019.??.??:  GreenRiver captured this snapshot of 284 "Electra" on the Brooks Falls Low Cam (p 02/09/2020 06:42 ).:

June 2019:

2019.06.??:  Melissa Freels captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 284 "Electra" in June 2019 (p 02/09/2020 18:09 ).:

Please request Melissa Freels' permission prior to using her photographs!  

2019.06.24:  284 "Electra" near the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform then has words with a subadult video by Lani H.:

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284 near the platform, then has words with subadult 6 24 2019 by Lani H

2019.06.25:  284 "Electra" June 25, 2019 NPS photo by Ranger Tammy Carmack KNP&P Flickr.

284 "Electra" visits the falls video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).:

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284 Pays a Vist to Brooks Falls 2019 06 25 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

284 "Electra: enjoys her catch video by mckate.:

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25 Jun 2019 284 Electra Enjoys Her Catch by mckate

284 "Electra" being courted by unidentified boar on the Brooks Falls Low View cam video by Lani H.:

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284 on low cam with unknown boar following her 6 25 2019 by Lani H-0

July 2019:  

2019.07.03:  Bookmom captured this snapshot of 284 on 7/3/2019.

2019.07.04:  284 "Electra" walking near the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform video by Lani H.:

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284 walking near the platform 7 4 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.08:  284 at the falls video by mckate.:

8 Jul 2019 284 at the Falls by mckate

2019.07.09:  284(?) "Electra" chases subadult off the lip video by Lani H.:

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284 (?) chases subadult off the lip 7 9 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.12:  Mazey captured this screenshot of 284 eating salmon below Brooks Falls, 7/12/2017.

August 2019:

2019.08.09: CamOp Scout captured this snapshot of 284 on 8/9/2019.

284 "Electra" pirates from 910 video by mckate.:

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9 Aug 2019 284 Electra Pirates from 910 by mckate-0

284 is observed making multiple fish thefts from subadult 910 on 8/9/2019, video by mckate  284 was more upset about that last lost fish than 910 was.:

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9 Aug 2019 284 Electra Makes Multiple Thefts from 910, video by mckateo

2019.08.11:  284 is resting by the Brooks Falls platform when she is scared off by 755 ScareD Bear, 8/11/2019 video by Lani H.

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284 near the platform, scared off by 755 Scare D Bear 8 11 2019 video by Lani H

2019.08.19:  812 is fishing in the far pool when 284 arrives and proceeds to charge him. After a standoff, 812 backs down the river, 8/19/2019 video by mckate.

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19 Aug 2019 284 Electra Charges 812, video by mckate

2019.08.31:  2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak captured this NPS photo of 284 "Electra" (p 02/09/2020 03:13 ).

September 2019:

2019.09.06:  284 was observed searching in the riffles for fish scraps on 9/6/2019, video by Lani H.

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284 in the riffles 9 6 2019, video by Lani H

2019.09.09: Cam watcher and Park visitor Felicia captured 9/9/2019 video of 284 "Electra" chasing 909 at full speed from the spit to the spit road. It is unclear why she was chasing 909.

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284 chases 909 from spit to Valley Road

Video by Felicia


2020:  12.5 Year-Old Adult Female with 2 Spring Cubs, Her 2nd Known Litter

284 was included in the 2021 Bears of Brooks River book page 40.

2020 season:

Deanna Dittloff's (aka deelynnd) 284 "Electra" and cubs 2020 video.

June 2020:

2020.06.30 or Prior:  Ranger Naomi Boak announced during a 6/30/2020 text chat that 284 "Electra" had returned to Brooks Camp with 2 spring cubs. See 284's Bear Book Wikipedia page for 2020 information.

July 2020:

2020.07.??: Brooks lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg July, 2020 photo of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs on the beach on 8/31/2020. On 11/4/2020 Brooks Lodge posted a July, 2020 Kara Stenberg photo collage of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs. Please request Kara Stenberg's permission prior to using her photographs!

2020.07.??: 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs can be viewed at 2:55-3:16 in this July, 2020 video by Brian Doyle.

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Brown Bears Brooks Falls - Katmai NP Alaska July 2020

Brown Bears Brooks Falls-Katmai NP July 2020, video by Brian Doyle

2020.07.??: Babsgrabs (aka Ranger Barbara Lutes) captured this video "284 and cubs, Katmai National Park and Preserve, on the beach in front of the Visitor Center. Summer 2020. B Lutes / NPS video."

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284 and cubs Katmai National Park and Preserve

284 and cubs, Katmai National Park and Preserve, summer 2020 video by babsgrabs (aka Ranger Barbara Lutes)

2020.07.01:  Lani H captured this video  of 284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs, her 2nd known litter.:

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284 and her 2 Coy 7 1 2020 by Lani H-1

284 and her 2 spring cubs, 7/1/2020 video by mckate.

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1 Jul 2020 284 and Her New Cubs, video by mckate-0



2020.07.02:  Ratna Narayan captured this early morning video of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs on 7/2/2020.

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Beautiful video of 284 and 2 coys early am on LR July 2nd 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

Ratna Narayan's 2nd video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs on 7/2/2020.

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284 and 2 coys on LR July 2nd 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

May B captured 284 with her 2 spring cubs on the gravel bar in this 7/2/2020 video.

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284 (?) with cubs, 7 2 2020 video by May B


2020.07.03:  284, her 2 spring cubs and subadults, 7/3/2020 video by Ratna Narayan.

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284 and coys and the sub gang on LR July 3rd 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

284 looks high and low for fish, 7/3/2020 video  by mckate.

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3 Jul 2020 284 Looks High and Low for Fish, video by mckate

2020.07.04:  284 and her 2 spring cubs on the spit, 7/4/2020 video by Ratna Narayan.

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284 and coys on spit bar July 4th 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

284 and cubs, 7/4/2020 video by Ratna Narayan.

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284 and coys July 4th 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

284 and her spring cubs on the far bank, 7/4/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and her coy on the far bank 7 4 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.05:  284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs, 7/5/2020 video  by Cheyl B.

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2020 07 05 284 has her paws full with these two rambunctious cubs, video by Cheryl B

284 and her 2 spring cubs on the lower river, 7/5/2020 video by Ratna Narayan.

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284 and coys July 5th 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

2020.07.06:  Viewers captured a photo and gif of 284 and her spring cubs on 7/6/2020.

2020.07.08 or prior: 284 and her 2 spring cubs are seen running on the beach near a float plane in this kodiakislandexpeditions video that was posted on 7/8/2020.

284's two spring cubs climb a tree by the gravel bar, 7/8/2020 video by Lani H.

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284's coy climb a tree out by the gravel bar 7 8 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.09:  284 and her coy on the gravel bar, 7/9/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and her coy on the gravel bar 7 9 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.10: Cruiser's 7/10/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs that have never ending energy.

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284 & coys boundless energy LR 7 10 2020, video by Cruiser

Cruiser shared this 7/10/2020 gif of 284's Rock'em sock'em spring cubs.

2020.07.12:  On 7/12/2020, 435 Holly's spring cub could be observed playing with 284's 2 spring cubs. 284 tolerated the play for a short time then charged Holly's cub, gif by Cruiser.

Mike Fitz commented on the interaction between 284 and 435's cubs and 284 charging 435 Holly's spring cub in reply to a question on 7/13/2020. "It's not everyday that a mother bear lets her cub play so casually with another family. Holly appeared to have an almost casual disregard for the situation. 284 showed more concern but she also demonstrated great restraint. In the recordings I watched, you can see 284's charge is designed to scare the cub but not harm it. 284 could have mauled Holly's cub quite easily had she wanted to."

Cruiser's 7/12/2020 video of 284's spring cubs playing with 435 Holly's spring cubs.

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284 & 435 cubs playdate LR 7 12 2020, video by Cruiser

Birgitt shared two 7/12/2020 videos of 284 "Electra's" 2 spring cubs playing with 435 Holly's spring cub, #1 and #2. "Probably one of the highlights of last summer was 284's coy making friends with 435's coy on the gravel bar. Here is one of the umpteen videos I took of it." Birgitt shared a 3rd video of 284's cubs playing with 435 Holly's cub. At 4:54 Holly is in the water fishing when 284 does a full on bluff charge of Holly's cub. The cub runs off to the left and is soon joined by Holly.

284 babysits for 435 Holly, 7/12/2020 video by mckate. 284 "Electra" must have looked after 435 Holly's cub for well over an hour today. It had to be a little annoying to see Holly out there enjoying a nice fish while she dealt with this rambunctious cub. At the end you can see that she finally sends the cub home."

2020.07.14: Mckate's 7/27/2020 video A good look at 284 and spring cubs. "Looks like one is going to be light and one dark which seems to be a trend. Ranger Naomi said in today's chat that 284 is one bear she gives a wide berth because she is known to charge."

2020.07.17:  Brooks Camp visitor and cam watcher Lee Pastewka (aka RiverPA) captured a 7/17/2020 photo of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs.

Please request Lee's (aka RiverPA )  permission prior to using her photographs !

284 and cubs, 7/17/2020 video by Ratna Narayan.

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284 and coys July 17th 2020, video by Ratna Narayan

2020.07.20:  284 and coy on gravel bar with 747 and 482 Brett snorkeling, 7/20/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and coy on gravel bar with 747 and 482 Brett snorkeling 7 20 2020, video by Lani H-0

2020.07.23:  284 and coy watch 83 Wayne Brother snorkel, 7/23/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and coy watch 83 Wayne Brother snorkel 7 23 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.24:  How Fast Can a Mother Bear Run? 7/24/2020 video by mckate. "Some thought this might be 284. Not sure what triggered this reaction, but I feel for the sub who was on the receiving end."

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24 Jul 2020 How Fast Can a Mother Bear Run? Video by mckate

2020.07.26:  284's spring cubs wait for Mom, 7/26/2020 video by mckate.

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26 Jul 2020 284s Wait for Mom, video by mckate

2020.07.27:  284 and 2 Coy on the gravel bar, 7/27/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and 2 Coy on the gravel bar 7 27 2020, video by Lani H.

2020.07.28:  284 leaves her 2 spring cubs with 435 Holly and goes fishing, 7/28/2020 video by Birgitt.

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284 Leaves Cubs with 435 & Goes Fishing Pt 1 2020-07-28 2349-16-751, video by Birgitt

Mckate's 7/28/2020 Cub Central video. "The 854s, 274s, and 435s congregate. Well, 854 Divot and 284 Electra congregate while 435 Holly fishes. I think she's definitely vying for the Fat Bear title again. I feel kind of bad for her cub who looks longingly at the others, but isn't invited to play."

2020.07.29:  284 and 435 Holly's cubs play while the Moms fish, 7/29/2020 video by mckate. "These were 284's and 435's cubs. Nice to see Holly's cub having some fun with others. And nice that 284 was as relaxed about it as 435."

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29 Jul 2020 Cubs Play While Moms Fish, video by mckate

August 2020:

2020.08.04:  284 and 2 Coy by the lower river bridge, 8/4/2020 video by Lani H.

284 and 2 Coy 8 4 2020 video by Lani H

2020.08.05:  435 Holly's spring cub plays with 284's 2 spring cubs, 8/5/2020 video by flyer 7474.

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435-284 and Cubs 2020 08 05, video by flyer 7474

2020.08.06:  284 "Electra" boogies on the spit, gif by Cruiser.

284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs are resting on the spit when 708 Amelia and her 2 yearlings walk by, 8/6/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and coy on the spit, 708 Amelia and yearlings walk by 8 6 2020 video by Lani H

2020.08.09:  284 and her 2 Coy near the oxbow, 8/9/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and 2 Coy near the oxbow 8 9 2020, video by Lani H

2020.08.10:  284 and her 2 spring cubs head up river, 8/10/2020 video by Lani H.

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284 and Coy head up river 8 10 2020, video by Lani H

September 2020:

2020.09.??: Babsgrabs (aka Ranger B Lutes) captured this September, 2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs on the beach.

2020.09.08: 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs return to Brooks Camp after a 4 week hiatus, 9/8/2020 video by mckate.

284 and 2 coys fishing the river, watch until the end for cub cuteness! 9/8/2020 video by Hey Princess.

2020.09.09: Lani H video of 284 and 2 coy near the LR platform, 9/9/2020.

2020.09.11: 284 and her adorable spring cubs are seen in the picnic area, 9/11/2020 video by mckate.

2020.09.12-09.17: Theresa Bielawski captured multiple photos of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs on her 9/12-9/17 trip to Brooks Camp, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 and #11.

Please request Theresa Bielawski's permission prior to using her photographs!

2020.09.13: 284 and 2 coy on the gravel bar, 9/13/2020 video by Lani H

2020.09.14: Lani H 9/14/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs scavenging along the lower river.

2020.09.18: 284 and her 2 spring cubs fish the lower river. 480 Otis makes a cameo appearance at 5:00 into this 9/18/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.09.21: Birgitt's 9/21/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs feeding in the riffles.

Mckate's 9/21/2020 video of 284 and cubs in the riffles.

2020.09.22: Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat on 9/22/2020 to share a photo of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs. Unfortunately they were blocking the bridge. Ranger Naomi commented "Well, I thought I was done for the day about an hour ago, then I came across this at the north end of the bridge. No getting home for a while. They are completely blocking the entrance to the bridge, right in front of the Lodge porch. I love running into bears like this. I just want to get home before it gets dark. I was there for a while then retreated to my office. I wish there were some bear techs here on duty. Not tonight. I may haze a bear eating the bridge but I won't wake up a sleeping sow with cubs." Here is hoping that Ranger Naomi did not have to sleep in her office. On 2/24/2021, Ranger Naomi Boak (aka NSBoak) shared 4 additional NPS photos of 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs, #1, #2, #3 and #4.

Permission to use her NPS photos posted on the bearcam comments   

284 and her spring cubs fish along the lower river far bank, 9/22/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.09.23: Lani H 9/23/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs fishing along the lower river.

2020.09.24: 284's 2 spring cubs play with 435 Holly's spring cub. When they get too close, Holly stomps her foot at 4:38, 9/24/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.09.25: Lani H captured this 9/25/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs fishing from the riffles to the falls on 2 different cameras.

2020.09.26: 284 and her 2 spring cubs are again seen fishing the riffles in this 9/26/2020 video by Lani H.

October 2020:

2020.10.06: 284 is on high alert with one of her cubs limping as 480, 879 and many bears fish on river watch. 10/6/2020 video by Becky Osberg.

Lani H 10/6/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs on the lower river. One of the cubs appears to have a limp.

2020.10.10: 284 and her 2 spring cubs are seen on the far bank at the oxbow. One of the cubs is still limping, 10/10/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.10.11: Lani H 10/11/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs fishing the lower river.

2020.10.12: 284 and cubs fish near the oxbow, 10/12/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.10.14: Lani H 10/14/2020 video of 284 and cubs fishing near the oxbow.  

2020.10.15: 284's spring cub can still be seen limping in this 10/15/2020 video by Lani H.

Mckate's 10/15/2020 video of 284's spring cubs in the riffles. "The cubs mess about as mom fishes. The blonde has been limping for a while and it appears to be a problem with its left front paw. This sure has been a season for injuries."

2020.10.16: 284's darker spring cub will not bear weight on its left font leg in this 10/16/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.10.17: In this 10/17/2020 video by Lani H, 284's darker cub appears to be putting weight on its left front leg.

2020.10.18: The 284 family is observed fishing in the oxbow area in this 10/18/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.10.20: 284's pudgy cubs, 10/20/2020 video by mckate. The darker cub is again seen bearing no weight on its left front leg.

284 and cubs on the lower river, 10/20/20 video by Lani H.

2020.10.21: Lani H captured this 10/21/2020 video of the 284s fishing at the cutbank.

2020.10.24: 284 and cubs fish the riffles, 10/24/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.10.26: 908 watches her sister 284 (from an earlier litter) trail by with her 2 spring cubs, 10/26/2020 video by mckate.

2020.10.27: 435 Holly's spring cub would like to play with 284's 2 spring cubs, 10/27/2020 video by Lani H. 902 passes by from right to left at 1:02. The cubs can be seen briefly playing at 6:02.

435's cub greets her 284 friends, 10/27/2020 video by mckate. "It's great to see them together at the end of the season. I was a little surprised to see how much smaller Holly's girl is, but then Holly is a fairly small sow herself."

2020.10.28: 284 and her spring cubs fish the oxbow, 10/28/2020 video by Lani H.

2020.10.30: Lani H 10/30/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs at the falls.

284 and her 2 spring cubs pass through the falls in this 10/30/2020 video by mckate.

2020.10.31: 284 and her 2 spring cubs fish the riffles, 10/31/2020 video by Lani H. At 10:12 the lighter cub starts bawling/begging for fish and this continues through 10:40. 284 gives the cub a swat at 10:19. It is not uncommon for sows to discipline their cubs.

Mckate's 10/31/2020 video of 284 and her 2 spring cubs in the riffles. "This may be the best look we've had at 284 all season. She sure takes after her mom 708."

2021: 13.5 Year-Old Adult Female

May 2021:

2021.05.22: 284 "Electra" returned to Brooks Camp on 5/22/2021 with her 2 yearlings. The family was seen on the beach in two photos by Ranger Naomi Boak, #1 and #2. Ranger Naomi delivered the news on 5/23/2021. Also in one of the photos with 284 and her yearlings was her daughter 901 courting with 821. Ranger Naomi commented on the 2nd photo "284 and cubs staring at 821 & 901 (284's daughter) last night on the beach."


2021.05.25 or prior: Photos of 284 "Electra" and her 2 yearlings were posted on Brooks Lodge's 5/25/2021 Facebook page. Both photos were taken by Kara Stenberg, #1 284 "Electra" and her 2 yearlings and #2 284 "Electra" and 1 of her 2 yearlings.

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

June 2021:

2021.06.03 or prior: 284 "Electra" photo by Kara Stenberg posted on Brooks Lodge's Facebook page 6/3/2021 or prior.

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

2021.06.07 or prior: 1 of 284 "Electra's" 2 yearlings scratching an itch photo by Kara Stenberg. Posted on Brooks Lodge's Facebook page, June 7, 2021. Please request Kara Stenberg's permission prior to using her photographs!

2021.06.08 or prior:  284 "Electra" 6/8/2021 or prior photo by Kara Stenberg from Brooks Lodge's 6/8/2021 Facebook post. Please request Kara Stenberg's permission prior to using her photographs!

Instagram photo of 284 "Electra" by howlsthunder posted on 6/8/2021. "Sow 284 at the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska."

How 284 Got Her Nicknames:  Fatters & "Electra"

2012:  Fatters

In 2012, the bear monitor prior to Ranger Leslie Skora listed the nickname "Fatters" for 284 in the 2012 bear monitoring record .

2014:  "Electra"

On July 10, 2014, Ranger Roy Wood suggested "Electra" as a nickname for 284.

From 2012 into the early 2014 season, cam viewers had been referring to 284 as various nicknames, including Beauty, Dancing Bear and Crazy Bear.  The multiple cam viewer given nicknames were a source of confusion for many cam viewers.  When Ranger Roy first suggested "Electra" as 284's nickname, a cam viewer asked "as in electrifyingly beautiful?".  Ranger Roy said "Well, not especially that, but it fits.  However, Ranger Roy's thought process of "Electra" as a nickname for 284 came from 284 being the offspring of 708 Amelia.  708 Amelia was nicknamed in her subadult years because of her propensity to disappear, in reference to Amelia Earhart.  Amelia Earhart flew a Lockheed Electra.   

Known Courting & Mating:

2014:

Unidentified Boar:  284 was observed courting and mating with an unidentified boar in May of 2014

2014.05.20 or prior:  284 was observed courting with an unidentified boar.
2014.05.23 - 2014.05.25:  Over the weekend of May 23, 2014 - May 25, 2014 284 "Electra" was observed mating with an unidentified (at the time) boar per Ranger Roy Wood.

32 Chunk :  284 appeared to be courted by 32 Chunk between June 27-29, 2014:

2014.06.27 - 2014.06.29:  32 Chunk appeared to be courting 284 between June 27, 2014 and June 29, 2014 per Ranger Jeanne

2015: 

151 Walker :  284 was observed being courted by 151 Walker in May of 2015

2015.05.17:  284 "Electra" was observed and recorded courting with 151 Walker by Ranger Mike Fitz.  The first pair of bears in the video are 284 "Electra" and 151 Walker.  The second pair of bears is 854 Divot and 634 Popeye:
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Courting bears on Dumpling Mountain May 17, 2015 video by Mike Fitz-1

Known Litters of Cubs:

1st Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs

2016:  1st Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs

On June 23, 2016, 284 "Electra" was observed with 2 spring cubs, her 1st known litter.  901 , initially classified as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult in 2018, is believed to be a female offspring from this 284 litter.  

2017: 2 Yearling Cubs

On May 19, 2017, 284 "Electra" returned to Brooks Camp with 2 yearlings.  901 , initially classified as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult in 2018, is believed to be a female offspring from this 284 litter.  

2018:  Successful Emancipation of Cubs, Female 901, Speculated

284 "Electra" is believed to have successfully emancipated both of her 2.5 year-old offspring in 2018.  901 , a female, is believed to be one of those offspring that was identified and classified during the 2018 season as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult.

2nd Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs:

2020:  2nd Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs, Darker cub is a Male

KNP&P Ranger Naomi Boak informed cam viewers that on June 30, 2020 or prior 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs had been seen by KNP&P Bear Monitor, Ranger Tammy Carmack.  On July 1, 2020, 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs made their 2020 Bearcam Season debut on the lower river.  Lani H captured this video of the family group from the River Watch Live Cam feed.:

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284 and her 2 Coy 7 1 2020 by Lani H

2021: 2 yearlings. On May 22, 2021, 284 "Electra" returned to Brooks Camp with her 2 yearlings.

Known Relatives:

Mother:  708 Amelia

708 Amelia is believed to be the mother of 284 "Electra:

Father:  Unknown

Littermates:  None Known

Maternal Grandmother:  468 Reggie

468 Reggie is believed to be the mother of 708 Amelia and grandmother of 284 "Electra"

Offspring:

2016 Offspring:  901, Speculated

There is speculation in the 2018 bear monitoring notes that 901, a female, is one of the two 2016 offspring of 284 "Electra:, however there is no way to really confirm the link between subadults to the mother and siblings without DNA results.

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

Ranger Michael Saxton successfully darted 284 "Electra" in 2016.

2017:  Unsuccessful Darting Attempt by Ranger Michael Saxton

Ranger Michael Saxton attempted to dart 284 in 2017, but the attempt was unsuccessful.


2018:  Awaiting Information From Rangers

We are awaiting information from the rangers for the 2018 genetics study samples obtained.



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 creating the gif from the NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

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