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39 PIC 2017.07.xx w YEARLINGS NPS PHOTO PROFILE

39 with her yearlings July 2017 NPS photo 2018 Bears of Brooks River book page 39

Adult Female

Year First Observed:  2007 as a Subadult

Known Offspring Of:  Unknown

Known Litters of Cubs: 2

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  39 was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2017.



Identification:

2015 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #27:  39 is a medium-small female. She has large ears and a dark blond coat with a darker face and legs. Her eyes appear sunken. In the fall, she has a grizzled, dark blond coat and her ears look smaller than earlier in the summer.

2016 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #33:  39 is a medium-small female. She has large ears and a dark blond coat with a darker face and legs. Her eyes appear sunken. In the fall, she has a grizzled, dark blond coat and her ears look smaller than earlier in the summer.

2016 Bears of Brooks River book, 153's page, #37:  153 is a small female with a dark blond coat and a semiprominent shoulder hump. She has a faint stripe of darker fur across her back. Her large round ears are the same color as her body. Like 132, she has an inverted V or chevron pattern of fur on her forehead.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #88:  39 is a medium-small female. She has large ears and a dark blond coat with a darker face and legs. Her eyes appear sunken. In the fall, she has a grizzled, dark blond coat and her ears look smaller than earlier in the summer.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book, 153's page, #41:  153 is small female with a dark blond coat and a prominent shoulder hump. She has a faint stripe of darker fur across her back. Her large round ears are the same color as her body. Like 132, she has an inverted V or chevron pattern of fur on her forehead.

2018 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #39:  39 is a medium-small female. She has large ears, a dark blonde coat with a darker face and legs, and a slight v-pattern on her forehead. Her eyes have occasionally appeared sunken when seen. In the fall, she has a grizzled, dark blond coat and her ears look smaller than earlier in the summer.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2015 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #27:  In the fall, 39 is not often seen by the public at Brooks Camp, since she typically arrives late in September or in early October.  At those times, she is most often seen fishing at the cut bank and riffles area downstream of Brooks Falls. Earlier in the summer, 39 will visit Brooks Falls, but usually has a low success rate in that area. She appears to be wary of people and other bears, especially when she was caring for a cub in 2011 and 2012.

2016 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #33:  In the fall, 39 is not often seen by the public at Brooks Camp, since she typically arrives late in September or in early October.  At those times, she is most often seen fishing at the cut bank and riffles area downstream of Brooks Falls. Earlier in the summer, 39 will visit Brooks Falls, but usually has a low success rate in that area. She appears to be wary of people and other bears, especially when she was caring for a cub in 2011 and 2012.She was not observed in 2014 or 2015.   (Note:  39 was mis-identified as 153 in 2014 and 2015).

2016 Bears of Brooks River book, 153's page, #37:  153 is a young adult bear. Because she has not been observed with cubs and ranks fairly low in the bear hierarchy, she often patrols the river unnoticed by many bear watchers.This bear will fish in the riffles area and near Brooks Falls, but is not large enough to consistently occupy the best fishing spots. 153 also appears tolerant of people on the wildlife viewing platforms. She has not been observed in fall.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #88:  In the fall, 39 is not often seen by the public at Brooks Camp, since she typically arrives late in September or in early October.  At those times, she is most often seen fishing at the cut bank and riffles area downstream of Brooks Falls.

Earlier in the summer, 39 will visit Brooks Falls, but usually has a low success rate in that area. She appears to be wary of people and other bears, especially when she was caring for a cub in 2011 and 2012.  

2017 Bears of Brooks River boo, 153's page, #41:  153 is a young adult bear. Because she has not been observed with cubs and ranks fairly low in the bear hierarchy, she often patrols the river unnoticed by many bear watchers. This bear will fish in the riffles area and near Brooks Falls, but is not large enough to consistently occupy the best fishing spots. 153 also appears tolerant of people on the wildlife viewing platforms. She has not been observed in fall. She was not seen in 2016.​  (Note:  39 (aka 153 was mis-identified as 171 in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs)

2018 Bears of Brooks River book, 39's page, #39:  Early in the summer, 39 would visit Brooks Falls, but usually had a low success rate in that area. She appeared to be wary of people and other bears, especially when she was caring for a cub in 2011 and 2012.

In 2017, 39 returned to Brooks River with three yearling cubs. Though she appears to have avoided Brooks River while caring for her cubs in 2016 (during official bear monitoring sessions), she was seen frequently in 2017, and in all areas of the river. 39 often fished at Brooks Falls with all three of her cubs during July and August. In the fall, she frequented the lower river and cutbank. 

Previously, this bear was misnumbered as bear #153. They are now thought to be the same bear.

NOTE:  39 WAS NOT OBSERVED DURING OFFICIAL BEAR MONITORING SESSIONS IN 2016 WITH HER 3 SPRING CUBS, BUT SHE WAS OBSERVED ON THE EXPLORE LIVE CAMS IN 2016 WITH HER 3 SPRING CUBS.  SHE WAS MIS-IDENTIFIED AS 171 AND THEN AS 153 IN 2016.  39'S CUB'S DISTINCT NATAL COLAR MAKES THIS FAMILY GROUP EASY TO IDENTIFY.

Life History:

2007:  Subadult Female, 39 1st Year Classified

39 was initially observed and classified as a subadult in 2007.

July 2007:

2007.07.13:  NPS photos of 39.:

2007.07.28:  NPS photos of 39.: 

2008:  Subadult Female

July 2008:

2008.07.14:   NPS photos of 39.: 

2008.07.15:   NPS photos of 39.: 

2008.07.20:  NPS photos of 39.: 

2009:  Subadult Female, 39 as 153 1st Year Classified

39 (as 153) was initially observed and classified as a subadult in 2009.

2010:  Single Adult Female

July 2010:

2010.07.14:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2010.07.16:  NPS photos of 39.: 

2010.07.27:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2010.07.29:  NPS photos of 39.: 

2011:  Adult Female, 1 Spring Cub, 1st Known Litter

39 returned to the Brooks River with her 1st known llitter of cubs, 1 spring cub.

July 2011:

2011.07.22:  NPS photos of 39.:    (These photos are dated and In order by EXIF)

October 2011:

2011.10.02:  NPS photos of 39.:   

2012:  Adult Female, 1 Yearling

39 returned to the Brooks River with her yearlings from her 2011 litter.

July 2012:

2012.07.08:  NPS photos of 39.:

2012.07.14:  NPS photos of 39.: 

2012.07.17:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2012.07.20:   NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2012.07.25:   NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2012.07.31:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

Fall 2012:

2013:  Single Adult Female

June 2013:

2013.06.25:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

July 2013:

2013.07.10:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2013.07.11:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2013.07.12:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2013.07.13:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2013.07.15:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) : 2013.07.18:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) : 2013.07.23:  NPS photos of 39 (mis-identified as 153) :

2014:  Single Adult Female

September 2014:

October 2014:

2014.10.22:  NPS photos of 39.: 

2015:  Single Adult Female

39 was included in the Adult Females section of the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 27.  This is the first edition that 39 (or 39 as 153) was included in:

July 2015:

2016:  Adult Female with 3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter, Initially Mis-Identified as 171 in Fall 2016), 912 & 913 Speculated

39 was included in the Adult Females section of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 33 as bear 39 and on page 37 as bear 153.  This is the first edition of the book that 39 (as 153) was included in the book.:

2016 Season:

39 (as 153) was not observed during official bear monitoring sessions in 2016 according to the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on 153's page, page 41 because a sow with 3 spring cubs that was observed in fall of 2016 was initially mis-identified as 171 , not 39 or 153,  Then the real 171 showed up along the Brooks River in 2016 with her own litter of 3 spring cubs, so the bear initially identified as 171 in fall of 2016 was determined to be 39 with 3 spring cubs.  Later, the bear believed to be 153 was determined to acutally be 39.   39's cub's distinct natal colar makes this family group easy to identify.

Fall 2016:

2016.??.??:  GreenRiver shared these two enhanced snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 39 with her 3 spring cubs.:

October 2016:

2016.10.03:  39 (not 171) with her 3 spring cubs video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).  Note the one cub's distinct natal collar.:

(PLEASE NOTE:  153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

39 and 3 cubs Brooks falls Katmai 2016-10-03 by Erum Chad (aka Erie) Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

39 and 3 cubs Brooks falls Katmai 2016-10-03 by Erum Chad (aka Erie) Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

2016.10.08:  Erum Chad captured 2 videos of 39 (not 171) on 10/8/2016. In video #1, 39 is seen fishing on the top of the falls, her cubs are on the far bank. In video #2,  the 39 family is seen passing in front of the Brooks Falls platform and down to the riffles.

(PLEASE NOTE:  153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

Video #1:

Bear 39 (not 171) and cubs brooks falls katmai 2016 10 08, video by Erum Chad

Bear 39 (not 171) and cubs brooks falls katmai 2016 10 08, video by Erum Chad

Video #2:

39 (not 171) and 3 coys brooks fallas katmai 2016-10-08, video by Erum Chad

39 (not 171) and 3 coys brooks fallas katmai 2016-10-08, video by Erum Chad

2016.10.17:  39 (not 171) and her 3 cubs were filmed in the oxbow area on 10/17/2016, video by Erum Chad. 

(PLEASE NOTE:  153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

39 (not 171) and 3 cubs quick visit LR BROOKS FALLS KATMAI 2016 10 17 21 27 00 573, video by Erum Chad

39 (not 171) and 3 cubs quick visit LR BROOKS FALLS KATMAI 2016 10 17 21 27 00 573, video by Erum Chad

2016.10.21:  39 ( not 171) with her 3 spring cubs video by Melissa Freels

(PLEASE NOTE:  153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

39 and her 3 Spring Cubs Cameos, October 21, 2016 by Melissa Freels Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

39 and her 3 Spring Cubs Cameos, October 21, 2016 by Melissa Freels Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

39 (not 171) with her 3 spring cubs video by Martina

(PLEASE NOTE:  153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

2016 10 21 LR 39 with her 3 spring cubs; one cub climbs tree by Martina

2016 10 21 LR 39 with her 3 spring cubs; one cub climbs tree by Martina . Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

Cam viewer Erie also captured 39 (not 171) and her 3 cubs on 10/21/2016, video #1, video #2 and video #3.  The family is viewed traveling between the oxbow and corner, eating salmon scraps and resting.

(PLEASE NOTE:  153 was observed in fall of 2016 with 3 spring cubs, but was mis-identified at that time as 171.  It was later determined that 39 and 153 are the same bear.):

Video #1:

Bear 39 (not 171) with 3 cubs brooks falls Katmai Part 1 2016 10 21 21 28 47 080, video by Erum Chad

Bear 39 (not 171) with 3 cubs brooks falls Katmai Part 1 2016 10 21 21 28 47 080, video by Erum Chad

Video #2:

Bear 39 (not 171) with 3 cubs brooks falls katmai Part 2 2016 10 21 21 40 49 734, video by Erum Chad

Bear 39 (not 171) with 3 cubs brooks falls katmai Part 2 2016 10 21 21 40 49 734, video by Erum Chad

Video #3:

Bear 39 (not 171) with 3 coys Part 3 Brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 21 21 51 33 141, video by Erum Chad

Bear 39 (not 171) with 3 coys Part 3 Brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 21 21 51 33 141, video by Erum Chad

39 and her 3 spring cubs by the corner. 273 and 809 make an appearance in the background, 10/21/2016 video by flyer 7474.

39 and her 3 on 2016-10-21 Lower River Cam-Brooks Falls, video by flyer 7474

39 and her 3 on 2016-10-21 Lower River Cam-Brooks Falls, video by flyer 7474

2016.10.22:  NSBoak shared this snapshot of 39 and her 3 spring cubs.:

2017:  Adult Female with 3 Yearlings, Mis-Identified as 153, 39 and 153 are Now Believed to Be The Same Bear, 912 & 913 Speculated

39 was moved to the Bears No Longer Seen section of the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 88.  39 (as 153) was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 41.:

2017 Season:

2017.??.??:  Tara Star shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 39 with her 3 yearlings from the 2017 season. Xander-Sage-2 shared these 2017 snapshots of 39 and her 3 yearlings on 5/24/2020, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 and #9.

2017.??.??:  39 and her 3 yearlings can be seen in this 2017 video by Karen Hanson from the 1:32 - 1:50 mark and 3:01 - 03:30 mark.  The 2017 date(s) this video was captured is not known to us:

2017 Brooks Falls Highlights by Karen Hanson (formerly Karen Perry) 39 and 3 yearlings from 1 32 - 1 50

2017 Brooks Falls Highlights by Karen Hanson (formerly Karen Perry) 39 and 3 yearlings from 1 32 - 1 50

2017.??.??:  Sometime on or before July 27, 2017 park visitor Geoffrey Glassner capture this video of 39 and her 3 yearlings sleeping under a tree in the early morning before the crowds at Brooks Falls:
2017-Sleeping Grizzly Family, Katmai (39 and 3 yearlings, brown bears) by Geoffrey Glassner

2017-Sleeping Grizzly Family, Katmai (39 and 3 yearlings, brown bears) by Geoffrey Glassner

2017.??.??:  39 and her 3 yearlings can be seen shortly after 11:41 into this video, right after 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd).:

Bear families 2017 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)-0

Bear families 2017 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)-0

2017.??.??: Park visitor Sonja Wieck filmed the 39 family in the summer of 2017. They are seen in this video from 0:21-0:40 and 1:28-2:05. At 1:34, one of 39's yearlings catches a good sized salmon. 39's cubs have shown good fishing skills for yearlings.

KATMAI BEARS, 2017 video by Sonja Wieck

KATMAI BEARS, 2017 video by Sonja Wieck

July 2017:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this "Cubs at the Falls July 2017" video. 39 and her 3 yearlings can be seen from 2:52-5:35.

Cubs at the Falls July 2017 video by Deanna Dittloff

Cubs at the Falls July 2017 video by Deanna Dittloff

2017.07.??:  Birgitt shared July 2017 Truman Everts photos of 39 and her yearlings in chat on 5/24/2020, #1 and #2.

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

2017.07.02:  39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings video by Victoria White.:

39 & Cubs ~ 2017 07 02 by Victoria White

39 & Cubs ~ 2017 07 02 by Victoria White

Victoria White's video of 39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings.:

39 and Cubs 2017 07 02 by Victoria White

39 and Cubs 2017 07 02 by Victoria White

39 (not 171) and her 3 yearlings are seen at the falls in this 7/2/2017 video by Ratna Narayan.

PBP part 1 39 (not 171) and cubs at falls 7 2 2017 video by Ratna Narayan

PBP part 1 39 (not 171) and cubs at falls 7 2 2017 video by Ratna Narayan

On 7/2/17 Brenda D filmed the family at Brooks Falls (video is not 171 as labeled). It is early in the season and 39 and cubs are shedding and appear thin.

07.02

07.02.2017 - 39 (not 171) and Cubs video by Brenda D

2017.07.03:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Truman Everts captured this photo of 39 (aka 153) and her 3 yearlings on July 3, 2017 at 15:38 while he was visiting Brooks Camp. Truman Everts shared this 7/3/2017 photo of 39 and her 3 yearlings on 5/10/2020.

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

39 and her 3 yearlings can be seen in this 7/3/2017 photo  that was shared in chat by Tina Crowe (photo used with permission) on the bank of the riffles. 

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Flyer 7474 captured this 7/3/2017 video of a very tense standoff between 39 with her 3 yearlings and 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings. "It went on for over an hour and this is only 22 minutes of it. You will also see how the bark was peeled off the tree."

128 and 39 Standoff 2017-07-03, video by flyer 7474

128 and 39 Standoff 2017-07-03, video by flyer 7474

2017.07.04:  39 with her 3 yearlings collage by GreenRiver.:

39 and her 3 yearlings (not 153) are the main focus of this video by Cheryl Burnside.  402 can also be seen fishing the lip and 634 Popeye is the boar fishing below the falls between the jacuzzi and the far pool.  It is possible that 634's presence below the falls is what was displacing 153 from fishing in the far pool when she and the cubs retreated to the top of the falls.:

2017 07 04 13 50 41 Amazing courage!!! 39 & Yearlings on the lip of falls by Cheryl Burnside. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

2017 07 04 13 50 41 Amazing courage!!! 39 & Yearlings on the lip of falls by Cheryl Burnside. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

Cheryl Burnside's video of 39 (not 153) scolding her cub at 0:48, 7/4/2017.

2017 07 04 17 52 30 39 (not 153) gives cub a scolding, video by Cheryl Burnside

2017 07 04 17 52 30 39 (not 153) gives cub a scolding, video by Cheryl Burnside

2017.07.05:  39 and her 3 yearlings can be seen in this 7/5/2017 photo  that was shared in chat by Tina Crowe (photo used with permission). 

Please request Tina Crowe's permission prior to using his photos!


2017.07.06 21:59:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Truman Everts observed and photographed 39 and her 3 yearlings  on the south bank, just about 25 meters west of Ranger Leslie's bear monitoring stand (you can actually see a gray leg of it in the upper left hand corner of the 2nd photo):

A 7/6/2017 video by Mickey Williams shows 39 and her 3 yearlings fishing just below the far pool area of Brooks Falls (video is not 171 as labeled).

3;00pm 7-6-17 39 (not 171) and cubs catching their own fish Katmai National Park and Explore, video by Mickey Williams

3;00pm 7-6-17 39 (not 171) and cubs catching their own fish Katmai National Park and Explore, video by Mickey Williams

2017.07.08:  Victoria White video of 39 (not 153) and cubs fishing around the island and in front of the platform, 7/8/2017.

39 (not 153) & Cubs ~ 2017 07 08, video by Victoria White

39 (not 153) & Cubs ~ 2017 07 08, video by Victoria White

2017.07.09:  39 and her 3 yearlings (video is not 171) are seen in a long fishing session at Brooks Falls on 7/9/2017, video by Brenda D.

07.09

07.09.2017 - 39 and Cub Trio, video by Brenda D



2017.07.11:  39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings video by Victoria White.:

39 & yearlings ~ 2017 07 11 by Victoria White

39 & yearlings ~ 2017 07 11 by Victoria White


2017.07.14:  39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings in the Lower Brooks River area video by Victoria White:

39 with her cubs on LR ~ 2017 07 14 by Victoria White. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

39 with her cubs on LR ~ 2017 07 14 by Victoria White. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

2017.07.16 - 2017.07.18:  39 and her 3 yearlings are seen from 3:54-4:55 in this Graham Bloye video , mid July, 2017. At 4:22 you can see one of the cubs with porcupine quills in it's right front paw. The cub was noted by Rangers to be without any limp a few days later. 

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

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

2017.07.19:  39 (not 153) on the far bank at the falls, 7/19/2017 video by birdnerd57. 39 charges an unseen bear on the hill. A bear is seen briefly at the end of the video.

2017-07-19 39 (not 153) and cubs on far bank at falls, video by birdnerd57

2017-07-19 39 (not 153) and cubs on far bank at falls, video by birdnerd57

On 7/19/2017, the 39 family is seen cautiously fishing at Brooks Falls with male bears 32 Chunk and 856 nearby, video by st mango. 

856, 32 & Unknown Sow with 3 Yearlings 2017 07 19 16 20 51 349, video by st mango

856, 32 & Unknown Sow with 3 Yearlings 2017 07 19 16 20 51 349, video by st mango

Olddude shared this 7/19/2017 snapshot of 39 and her 3 yearlings on 5/24/2020.

2017.07.22:  Cam watcher and Brooks falls visitor ElaineDE shared photos ( #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 ). of 39 and her 3 yearlings in the chat on 2/18/2020. The family is observed in the Brooks Falls area and 1 yearling can be seen inspecting a tripod which had fallen off the platform. One of 39's yearlings has retained its distinct natal collar into its second year. ElaineDE shared 7/22/2017 photos of 39 and her 3 yearlings on 5/24/2020, #1 and #2. Elaine DE shared 7/22/2017 photos of 39 and her 3 yearlings on 5/24/2020, #1, #2 and #3.  

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Brenda D's 7/22/2017 video of 39 (not 153) at the falls.

07.22

07.22.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs at the Falls, video by Brenda D

39 and her 3 yearlings can be seen in this 7/22/2017 or prior photo by Kara Stenberg. The photo was posted by Brooks Lodge Facebook on 7/22/2017.

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2017.07.23: 39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings video captured just past the treehouse on the evening of 07/23/2017 by Scammin Scammin:

39 and cubs 7 23 17 by Scammin Scammin. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

39 and cubs 7 23 17 by Scammin Scammin. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings from the riffles platform video captured by Scammin or JstDucky:

39 and yearlings July 23, 2018 from riffles platform by Scammin Scammin or Jstducky. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

39 and yearlings July 23, 2018 from riffles platform by Scammin Scammin or Jstducky. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

Scammin also shared these photos (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 & #5 ) of 39 and her yearlings that he and JstDucky captured on the evening of July 23, 2017 while at Brooks Camp,  Note:  39 was mis-identified as 153 at the time. Scammin shared this 7/23/2017 photo of 39 with 2 of her 3 yearlings on 5/24/2020.

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39 ( not 153) family group video by Susan Tunstall:

July 23, 2017 Explore org Katmai Bears Riffles Cam Mom 39 and 3 Yearlings video by Susan Tunstall. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

July 23, 2017 Explore org Katmai Bears Riffles Cam Mom 39 and 3 Yearlings video by Susan Tunstall. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

Wildmplzoo's video of 39 and her 3 yearlings.  The little boy working on his Junior Ranger book to earn his badge is an added bonus in this video!.:

Brooks falls - Katmai National Park July 23, 2017 by wildmplzoo

Brooks falls - Katmai National Park July 23, 2017 by wildmplzoo

39 (not 153) is fishing at the far bank at Brooks Falls, 7/23/2017 video by Brenda D. At 9:50 she bluff charges a male bear. At 12:03, one of her yearlings is spooked by the arrival of 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings. 39 reacts by swatting her cub.

07.23

07.23.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs at the Bottom Of Hill, video by Brenda D

Joe Morris Photography captured a photo of 39 and 1 of her 3 yearlings on 7/23/2017.

2017.07.24:  39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings at the falls, 7/24/2017 video by Benda D.

07.24

07.24.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs at the Falls, video by Brenda D

39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings on the hill, 480 Otis naps, 7/24/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.24

07.24.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs on the Hill, 480 Otis Napping , video by Brenda D

2017.07.25:  Juergen's gif of 39 and her 3 yearlings .

Cheryl B's video of 39 (not 153) and 801(?):

2017 07 25 17 25 04 Bear 39 (not 153) say's "and just one more thing" Video by Cheryl B

2017 07 25 17 25 04 Bear 39 (not 153) say's "and just one more thing" Video by Cheryl B

39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings at the falls, 7/25/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.25

07.25.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs at the Falls

39 (not 153) and her cubs in the far pool, 7/25/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.25

07.25.2017 - 39 (not 153) And Cubs In The Far Pool, video by Brenda D

Flyer 7474's 7/25/2017 video of "39 and her 3 lumberjacks."

153 (39) and Her Lumberjacks Brooks River 2017-07-25, video by flyer 7474

153 (39) and Her Lumberjacks Brooks River 2017-07-25, video by flyer 7474

2017.07.26:  JG shared these snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 39 with her 3 yearlings.  39 raised some skilled fisher cubs, they were catching their own energetic fresh run salmon in July and would eat them like experienced adults pinning to them to their legs or 2 pawing them. What a contrast to other cubs or even sub adults struggling to catch or hold fish..  

39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings, one of the yearlings successfully fishing independently video by Cheryl Burnside:

2017 07 26 12 34 40 39 & Yearlings in the office, one yearling catching fish video by Cheryl Burnside. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

2017 07 26 12 34 40 39 & Yearlings in the office, one yearling catching fish video by Cheryl Burnside. Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

Brenda D video of 39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings in the far pool, 7/26/2017.

07.26

07.26.2017 - 39 (not 153) And Cubs In The Far Pool, video by Brenda D

39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings in the riffles, 7/26/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.26

07.26.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Riffles, video by Brenda D

2017.07.27:  Joe Morris Photography captured a 7/27/2017 photo of 39 and her 3 yearlings.

2017.07.30:  Juergen's gif of 39 and her 3 yearlings..

Ratna's video of 39 with her 3 yearlings.:

39 & yearlings at Falls July 30, 2017 by Ratna

39 & yearlings at Falls July 30, 2017 by Ratna

Brenda D's 7/30/2017 video of 39 (not 153) and yearlings in the far pool, Part 1.

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07.30.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool (Part 1), video by Brenda D

Brenda D's 7/30/2017 video of 39 (not 153) in the far pool with 480 Otis, Part 2.

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07.30.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool with 480 Otis, video by Brenda D

39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings can be seen from the riffles to the falls in this 7/30/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.30

07.30.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs Riffles to Falls, video by Brenda D

2017.07.31:  39 (not 153) in the far pool, 7/3/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.31

07.31.2017 - 39 (not 153) And Cubs In The Far Pool, 410 By The Falls, video by Brenda D

39 (not 153) fishes with her cubs in the far pool but then moves to the top of the falls in this 7/31/2017 video by Brenda D. At 3:25 she bluff charges a bear below.

07.31

07.31.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in Far Pool, 410 Shows Up, video by Brenda D

August 2017:

2017.08.01:  39 (not 153) and her 3 cubs in the office and far pool, 8/1/2017 video by Brenda D.

08.01

08.01.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs to the Office

Brenda D video of 39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings taking over the jacuzzi, 8/1/2017.

08.01

08.01.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs Take Over the Jacuzzi, video by Brenda D


2017.08.04:  Juergen's gif of 39 and her 3 yearling's interaction with 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings.

JG shared this snapshot of 39 with her 3 yearlings.:

An 8/4/2017 video by Brenda D shows the defensiveness of sows when they feel their cubs are threatened. At 8:44, a 128 cub is observed alone, the camera pans to 39 and cubs. One of the 39 cubs gets caught in the current, is swept downstream and while trying to climb back is attacked by 128 Grazer. A scuffle ensues between 128 Grazer and 39 to protect their cubs. Both families continue fishing after the event.

08.04

08.04.2017 - Two Mamas Collide - 153 and 128 Grazer, video by Brenda D

At approximately 10:50 AKDT Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 39 and her 3 yearlings with 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings.  The history between 128 and 39 this year continues as 128 runs off one of 39"s Yearlings and an encounter follows.:

128-153 (39) Saga Continues 2017 08 04 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128-153 (39) Saga Continues 2017 08 04 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

At approximately 19:32 AKDT Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 39  and her 3 yearlings.  39 takes it out on one of her yearlings as the yearling tries to steal her salmon. But they both lose in the end. :

153 (39)and Her Yearlings 2017 08 04 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA). Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39

153 (39)and Her Yearlings 2017 08 04 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA). Note This was initially thought to be 171, then 153, but turns out it is 39.

Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) also captured this video of 39  and her 3 yearlings with 854 Divot and her yearlings.  854  and her Yearlings join 39 and her Yearlings to take over the Far Pool and the Office.:

153 (Bear39)-854 and Yearlings Invade the Office 2017 08 04 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

153 (Bear39)-854 and Yearlings Invade the Office 2017 08 04 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Flyer 7474 captured this 8/4/2017 video of 39 and her 3 yearlings fishing at Brooks Falls on a quiet day with no other bears around.

153 (Bear 39) and Yearlings at Brooks Falls 2017 08 04, video by flyer 7474

153 (Bear 39) and Yearlings at Brooks Falls 2017 08 04, video by flyer 7474

503 fishes in the far pool while 39 and her 3 yearlings look on, 8/4/2017 video by flyer 7474.

153 (39)-503 in the Far Pool 2017 08 04, video by flyer 7474

153 (39)-503 in the Far Pool 2017 08 04, video by flyer 7474.

755 Scare D Bear finds himself between 39 and her 3 yearlings and 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings in this video by Brenda D.:

08.04

08.04.2017 - Enter 128 Grazer and Cubs, Yells At 755 Scare D Bear by Brenda D 39 & yearlings also in video

Brenda D captured 39 (not 153) and yearlings in the far pool, video on 8/4/2017.

08.04

08.04.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool, video by Brenda D-0



39 (not 153) and yearlings are seen in this 8/4/2017 video by Brenda D.

08.04

08.04.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

Brenda D's 8/4/2017 video of 854 Divot with her 3 yearlings and 39 (NOT 153) with her 3 yearlings in the far pool.

08.04

08.04.2017 - 854 Divot and Family and 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

2017.08.05:  39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings video by Ratna.:

39 and 3 yearlings at falls August 5, 2017 by Ratna

39 and 3 yearlings at falls August 5, 2017 by Ratna

Brenda D's 8/5/2017 video of 39 (not 153) and yearlings in the far pool. As they move away from the far pool, 39 charges 503 at 7:22 as 480 Otis looks on.

08.05

08.05.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool, Doesn't like 503, video by Brenda D

39 (not 153) from the far pool to the jacuzzi then the fish ladder, 8/5/2017 video by Brenda D.

08.05

08.05.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs from Far Pool to Jacuzzi then Fish Ladder, video by Brenda D

Brenda D video of 39 (not 153) and 3 yearlings in the far pool, 8/5/2017.

08.05

08.05.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs in the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings leave the far pool, 8/5/2017 video by Brenda D. "39 keeps looking over her shoulder like 503 is going to come after them."

08.05

08.05.2017 - 153 and Cubs Leave the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

2017.08.28:  39 (not 153) on the closed trail to the corner, 8/28/2017 video by Brenda D.

08.28

08.28.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs on Closed Trail to Corner, video by Brenda D

September 2017:

2017.09.26 or Prior:  39 ( not 153) with her 3 yearlings Explore Highlights video (published September 26, 2017).:

39 and yearlings - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight Explore published September 26, 2017

39 and yearlings - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight Explore published September 26, 2017

2017.09.28:  39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings ar seen fishing around the island in this 9/28/2017 video by Brenda D.

09.28

09.28.2017 - 39 (not 153) and Cubs at the Island, video by Brenda D

2017.09.29:  JG shared this snapshot of 39 with her 3 yearlings.:

Brenda D's video of 39 (not 153) with her 3 yearlings video .:

09.29

09.29.2017 - 39 and yearlingss on the Bank by Backpack's Rock by Brenda D

39 (not 153) and her 3 cubs fish around the island, 9/29/2017 video by Brenda D.

09.29

09.29.2017 - 39 (not 153) And Cubs To The Island, video by Brenda D

39 and her 3 yearlings fish at Brooks Falls, 9/29/2017 video by flyer 7474.

153 (39)and Her Yearlings at Brooks Falls 2017 09 29, video by flyer 7474

153 (39)and Her Yearlings at Brooks Falls 2017 09 29, video by flyer 7474

2018:  Single Adult Female 

39 was moved back to the Adult Females section of the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 39.  153 was omitted from the 2018 edition of the book because it had been determined that 39 and 153 are now thought to be the same bear.:

2018 Season:

It is believed that 39 successfully emancipated all three offspring from her 2016 litter of spring cubs; her 2nd known litter.  912 & 913 are speculated to be two of those offspring that were classified as independent subadults during the 2018 season.

Before You Die Guy captured video of 39's 3 emancipated cubs sitting under the Brooks Falls platform early in the season.They are seen briefy from 2:21-2:24.

In Search of Grizzlies in Alaska, video by Before You Die Guy

In Search of Grizzlies in Alaska, video by Before You Die Guy

July 2018:

2018.07.04:  39 can be seen in this July 4, 2018 play-by-play with Mike Fitz .  39 is seen on the far side from 4:19 - 4:46, and then again from 5:22 - 6:17.  Mike discusses 856 possibly following 39 beginning at approximately 7:50.  "89 Backpack steps to the side and let's 856 cut into that dance".  She can be seen again from 50:24 - 51:08.:

07.04

07.04.2018 - Mike Fitz Play by Play by Brenda D-1

2018.07.04 - 2018.07.22:  JG shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 & #10 ) of 39 taken during the 2018 season between July 4, 2018 and July 22, 2018.:

2018.07.06:  NWBearLove92 shared a 7/6/2018 photo of 39 in chat on 4/13/2020. NWBearLove92 shared 7/6/2018 photos of 39 on 5/24/2020, #1 and #2.

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



2018.07.09:  39 in the far pool, 7/9/2018 video by Lani H.

39 in the far pool (formally known as 153) 7 9 2018, video by Lani H

39 in the far pool (formally known as 153) 7 9 2018, video by Lani H

39 and 68 have a kerfuffle in the far pool, 7/9/2018 video by Lani H.

39 and unknown boar (68) have a kerfuffle 7 9 2018, video by Lani H

39 and unknown boar (68) have a kerfuffle 7 9 2018, video by Lani H

89 Backpack and 39 fight over a fish. "39 is begging from 89 Backpack who attacks her 503 is nearby also." 7/9/2018 video by Lani H.

89 Backpack and 39 fight over fish 7 9 2018, video by Lani H-0

89 Backpack and 39 fight over fish 7 9 2018, video by Lani H-0


2018.07.20:  39's emancipated 2.5 year-old subadults video by Lani H.  The one 2.5 year old still has the natal collar.   912 & 913 are speculated to be two of these 2.5 year-old subadults.:

39's emancipated subadults 7 20 2018 by Lani H

39's emancipated subadults 7 20 2018 by Lani H

2018.07.22:  856 has a kerfuffle (at 0:47) with 39, 7/22/2018 video by Lani H. "39 was spotted later at the island and was fine."

856 has a kerfuffle with 39 (?) 7 22 2018 she was fine spotted later at island, video by Lani H

856 has a kerfuffle with 39 (?) 7 22 2018 she was fine spotted later at island, video by Lani H

2018.07.20 - 2018.07.23:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Lynne Lewis captured these photos (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of single adult female, 39, during her July 20 - 23, 2018 trip to Brooks Camp.  Lynne captured other photos of 39 during her trip.  Scroll throught Lynne's SmugMug album to see those.  

Park visitor and cam viewer, Lynne Lewis also captured these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 39's 2.5 year-old emancipated subadults during her July 20 - 23, 2018 trip to Brooks Camp. 

2019:

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Litters of Cubs:

1st Known Litter, 1 Spring Cub:

2011:  1 Spring Cub, 1st Known Litter

2012:  1 Yearling

2nd Known Litter, 3 Spring Cubs  (was initially mis-identified as 171, then as 153), 912 & 913 , Speculated

2016:  3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter (was initially mis-identified as 171 in fall of 2016), 912 & 913 , Speculated

2017:  3 Yearlings (was mis-identified as 153), 912 & 913 , Speculated

When 39 was last observed in fall of 2017, she was still caring for all three yearlings.

Known Relatives:

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Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  None Known

39 (as 153 in 2016):

There we no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) of 39 (as 153) by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.  39 (as 153) was not officially observed by bear monitoring staff in 2016.

2017:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

39 (as 153 in 2017)

39 (as 153) was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2017 for the genetics study.

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