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409 9/27/16

Adult Female ~ Not Observed in 2019

Year First Identified:  1999 as a subadult

Last Year Identified:  2018

Offspring Of:  Unknown

Known Litters of Cubs:  4

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  409 Beadnose was successfully sampled in 2005 or 2006 when a hair sample was obtained by former wildlife biologist Tamara Olson.  409 Beadnose was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton in both 2016 and 2017.


Identification:

2014 & 2015 Bears of Brooks River books:  409 has a long, straight muzzle with a slightly upturned nose and a medium-large body.  She has a light to medium-brown coat with wide-set, blonde ears.  She is often confused with bear #408, especially in September and October.  From 2009-2011, #409 was single and this may be a major reason why #409 has grown into one of the fattest females to be seen in the fall. Her size can easily be compared with females caring for cubs. Raising offspring is very energetically taxing for bears. Females with offspring must sacrifice body fat to raise cubs. #409, in recent years, has been able to devote more energy to her own survival as her overall size indicates.

2016 - 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:  409 has a long, straight muzzle with a slightly upturned nose and a medium to large body. She has a light to medium brown coat with wide-set, blond ears. In the fall, she is often very fat and her coat is a uniform brown, but her ears remain very blond.   When she is not raising cubs, this bear is usually one of the fattest females in the fall. In those years, her size can easily be compared with females caring for cubs. Raising offspring is very energetically taxing for bears. Females with offspring must sacrifice body fat to raise cubs. #409, in recent years, has been able to devote more energy to her own survival as her overall size indicates

2017 Observations:  409 Beadnose appeared to have a broken claw on her right front paw.  Truman Everts captured this in his June 24, 2017 20:51 photograph.  See the photograph below in the Life History section for that date.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2014 Bears of Brooks River book:  409 is frequently seen along Brooks River.  Like 410, 409 appears habituated to the presence of humans and will use areas near people to rest, travel and feed.   

2015 Bears of Brooks River book:  409 is frequently seen along Brooks River in July and in the fall. 

2016 Bears of Brooks River book:  At Brooks River, she can fish successfully in many places such as the lip and far pool at Brooks Falls as well as the river mouth.

Life History:

1999:  Subadult, 1st Year Classified

409 Beadnose was initially classified as an independent subadult in 1999.

2001:  Young Adult Female (Borderline Subadult due to Behavior)

409 Beadnose was classified as a young adult female, borderline subadult due to behavior in 2001 per Ranger Jeanne's July 28, 2017 11:28 comment .

2002:  Adult Female

July 2002:

October 2002:

2004:  Adult Female with 1 Spring Cub, 1st Known Litter, The Original "Velcro"

409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with her 1st known litter, 1 spring cub. She could be seen with the cub latched onto her back as she swam across the river, and for that reason, this cub was dubbed "Velcro"...the original "Velcro".  Velcro was also described as "very clingly" in bear monitoring data per Ranger Jeanne's July 28, 2017 11:28 comment .:

2005:  Adult Female with 1 Very Large Yearling Cub. The Original "Velcro"

409 Beadnose returned to Brooks River with her yearling cub, "Velcro" from her 2004 litter.  The bear monitoring data states that this yearling was very large and engaged in long play bouts with 409 per Ranger Jeanne's July 2, 2018 comment. 

June 2005:

2005.06.25:  Don Abernathy captured this photo of 409 and Velcro .  

July 2005:

2005.07.14: 

Could this be 409 Beadnose with her yearling captured by Mullenphotography?:  Photo #1 & Photo #2  

Could this be 409 Beadnose's yearling captured by Mullenphotography?:  Photo #1 

Could this be 409 Beadnose and her yearling with an adult male bear captured by Mullenphotography?:  Photo #1 & Photo #2 

2005.07.15:

Could this be 409 Beadnose with her yearling captured by George Georgiou?:  Photo #1 , Photo #2 & Photo #3

We have requested information from the rangers regarding if 409 Beadnose and her 2004 offspring remained as a family group in 2005 and if the cub was successfully emancipated in 2006.

2006:  Single Adult Female

409 Beadnose was observed as a single adult female on June 20, 2006 per Ranger Jeanne.

2006 season:

Carol Moraga captured Brooks Falls video in 2006. Mike Fitz commented on the video and identified 409 Beadnose as the bear seen from 3:09-3:30.

Brown Bears of Katmai 2006, video by Carol Moraga-1

Brown Bears of Katmai 2006, video by Carol Moraga-1

June 2006:

2006.06.20:  409 Beadnose was recorded as a single adult female in an official bear monitoring session per Ranger Jeanne.

2007:  Adult Female with 3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter, (130 Tundra & Arctic)

409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with her second known litter of cubs, 3 spring cubs.  The family group can be seen in this video by maninthegreyhat:

Katmai NP - Grizzly bear cubs by maninthegreyhat

Katmai NP - Grizzly bear cubs by maninthegreyhat

Sadly, 409 Beadnose was soon observed with only two remaining spring cubs from this litter.  130 Tundra and Arctic are the remaining offspring from this litter.  130 Tundra was easily recognizable into independent subadulthood due to a scar on her forehead.  

Patrick J. Endres captured this photo of 409 Beadnose and her two remaining spring cubs during the 2007 season.

One of 409 Beadnose's remaining spring cubs can be seen in this 2007 season NPS photo:

June 2007:

2007.06.24:  Ranger Jeanne's photos of 409 Beadnose with her 3 spring cubs:  Photo #1 & Photo #2

John Castor also photographed 409 with her 3 spring cubs on 6/24/2007.

2007.06.25:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 409 Beadnose with her 3 spring cubs.

July 2007:

2007.07.11: Dan Lind Photography captured 2 photos of 409 and her 2 remaining spring cubs on 7/11/2007. 

2007.07.12: John Castor photographed 409 with only 2 cubs on 7/12/2007 photo #1 and photo #2.

2007.07.13: Steve Agrella captured a photo of 409 and her remaining 2 cubs on the point, 7/13/2007.

2007.07.17:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 409 Beadnose and 1 of her spring cubs.

September 2007:

2008:  Adult Female with 2 Remaining Yearlings (130 Tundra & Arctic)

409 Beadnose returned to Brooks River with the two remaining yearlings from her 2007 litter of cubs.  She raised these two surviving cubs through 2008.

June 2008:

2008.06.08:  Ranger Roy's photo of 409 Beadnose with one of her yearlings (130 Tundra or Arctic).  Ranger Roy's photo of 130 Tundra, one of 409 Beadnose's 2008 yearlings.  

June / July 2008:

Park visitor, Waejae, captured this video of 409 Beadnose and her two yearlings (130 Tundra and Arctic) in June or July of 2008:

Brooks Falls Grizzlies June July 2008 by Waejae

Brooks Falls Grizzlies June July 2008 by Waejae

July 2008:

2008.07.02:  Park visitor, Randy Harris captured this photo of 409 Beadnose with 130 Tundra.

2008.07.11:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 409 Beadnose.  

2009:  Single Adult Female after Successful Emancipation of 130 Tundra & Arctic

409 Beadnose was a single female after successfully weaning and emancipating her now 2.5 year-old offspring, 130 Tunda & Arctic..  130 Tundra was observed using the Brooks River until she was found deceased by then bear monitor, Ranger Leslie Skora on July 1, 2014 . 2009 Season or Prior: 2009.??.?? or Prior:  Park visitor edesnaiher catpured this video of 409 Beadbise eating a fish in the lower river.  The video was published on YouTube on 09/20/2009.:

Salmon eating brown bear in Katmai by edesnaijer (Published 09 20 2009) (409 Beadnose)

Salmon eating brown bear in Katmai by edesnaijer (Published 09 20 2009) (409 Beadnose)

Park visitor edesnaijer captured this video of 409 Beadnose fishing in the lower river.  The video was published on YouTube on 09/24/2009.:

Fishing brown bear in Katmai by edesnaijer (Published 09 24 2009) (409 Beadnose)

Fishing brown bear in Katmai by edesnaijer (Published 09 24 2009) (409 Beadnose)

On March 13, 2018 at 18:49, Mike Fitz commented that he believed the bear in the above videos by edesnaijer was 409 Beadnose.:

July 2009:

2009.07.??:  At about the 30 second mark into this flickr video by Peter Thiemann 402 and 409 are both on the lip with 402's 2008 litter. You can see how much bigger 402 is than 409, who is herself a large sow.  409 Beadnose can be heard growling at 402 in this video.

2009.07.11:  Ranger Roy's photo of 409 Beadnose.

2009.07.14:  Ranger Roy's photos of 409 Beadnose, Queen of the Riffles:  Photo #1 , Photo #2 & Photo #3 .  Ranger Roy's "Queen of The Riffles" photo is included in the KNP&P 409 Beadnose Flickr Gallery .

September 2009:

2009.09.19:

2010:  Single Adult Female

409 Beadnose was a single female.

July 2010:

2010.07.??:  On March 13, 2018 at 18:52 former KNP&P ranger Mike Fitz shared this July 2010 photo of 409 Beadnose (foreground) and 408 CC aka Crooked Claw (standing in the background) .  

Please request Mike Fitz' permission prior to using his photographs!

2010.07.06:  Ranger Roy's photo of 409 Beadnose.  This photo also appears in KNP&P's Bear 409, Beadnose Flickr Gallery .  

September 2010:

2010.09.19:  Ranger Mike Fitz' photo of 409 Beadnose.  This photo also appears in KNP&P's Bear 409, Beadnose Flickr Gallery .:

2011:  Single Adult Female

409 Beadnose was a single female.

2011 Season:

2011: ??:??: 409 Beadnose is observed eating salmon on the lower river in this 2011 video published on 10/22/2019 by Travel Adventure. 409 is seen from 4:52-7:33. Mike Fitz confirmed the identification.

Alaska 2011 version 2, video by Travel Adventure

Alaska 2011 version 2, video by Travel Adventure

2011.??.??:  409 Beadnose can be seen in this 2011 video by wildatheartbill.:

Brooks Falls, Alaska 2011 by wildatheartbill

Brooks Falls, Alaska 2011 by wildatheartbill

July 2011:

2011.07.05:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 409 Beadnose.

2012:  Adult Female with 3 Spring Cubs, 3rd Known Litter, 500 Indy & 717 Speculated

409 Beadnose was included in the 2012 Brown Bars of Brooks River iBook:

2012 Season:

409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with 3 spring cubs in 2012, her 3rd known litter.  The largest of the 3 cubs was a female, now believed to be 500 Indy.  The medium sized cub was a male.  The smallest (the runt) was a female that is now speculated to be 717.

Explore.org captured this early 2012 season footage of 409 Beadnose with her 3 spring cubs:

Sow and Cub Spotting 409 Beadnose with her 3 Spring Cubs Early 2012 season by Explore

Sow and Cub Spotting 409 Beadnose with her 3 Spring Cubs Early 2012 season by Explore.org

2012.??.??:  2dphotography captured this photo of the family group in 2012.

2012.??.??:  409 Beadnose and her 3 spring cubs can be seen at the beginning of this video by J. Scott Parker.:

The Real Bears of Katmai National Park 2012 by J

The Real Bears of Katmai National Park 2012 by J. Scott Parker

July 2012:

2012.07.02:  409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with the 1st spring cubs of the season , 3 spring cubs, her 3rd known litter.  

Park visitor, Bud Marschner, captured these photos of 409 Beadnose wtih her 3 spring cubs:  Photo #1 , #2 , #3, #4 & #5 .  Bud Marschner shares information about 409 Beadnose and her 3 spring cubs below each photo on the left hand side.  Each description is worth the read.

2012.07.13 or Prior:  Park visitor 5831a captured this video of 409 Beadnose with her 3 spring cubs on the spit.:

Momma Grizzly bear with 3 tiny cubs by 5831a (409 Beadnose with 3 spring cubs July 13, 2012 or prior)

Momma Grizzly bear with 3 tiny cubs by 5831a (409 Beadnose with 3 spring cubs July 13, 2012 or prior)

2012.07.16:  2DPhotography captured these photos of 409 Beadnose and her 3 spring cubs:  Photo #1 (409 with 1 of 3 spring cubs visible), #2 (1 of 3 spring cubs only), #3 (409 with 2 of 3 spring cubs), #4 (2 of 3 spring cubs only), #5 (409 with 3 spring cubs), #6 (409 with 3 spring cubs), #7 (2 of 3 spring cubs only), #8 (409 with 3 spring cubs), #9 (1 of 3 spring cubs), & #10 (1 of 3 spring cubs).

August 2012:

2013:  Adult Female with 3 Yearlings, 500 Indy & 717 Speculated

409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with 3 yearlings.  The largest of the yearlings was a female and is now believed to be 500 Indy.  The medium sized yearling was a male and the smallest (the runt) was a female.  

2013 Season:

Two of 409 Beadnose's 2013 yearlings can be seen in these photographs by Stu & Jor:  Photo #1 & Photo #2 .  The smallest of 409's yearlings, now believed to be 717, with a magpie can be seen in this photograph by Stu & Jor.  409 and her 3 yearlings can be seen in these photographs by Stu & Jor:  Photo #1 & Photo #2 .  409 Beadnose and one of her yearlings can be seen in this video by Stu & Jor.  409's yearling with the salmon can seen in these photographs by Stu & Jor:  Photo #1  & Photo #2 . 409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings (500 Indy and 717 are believed to be two of them) can be seen in the beginning of this video by Kara Stenberg.  The other bears are 402 with 3 spring cubs (503 Cubadult is one of them), 32 Chunk, and 32 Chunk and 89 Backpack playfighting.:

Brooks Bears In Camp 2013 by Kara Stenberg

Brooks Bears In Camp 2013 by Kara Stenberg

Gregg Burch captured this video during the 2013 season (published September 22, 2013).  409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings (500, the largest & the runt, possibly 717) can be seen often during this wonderful footage.:

Brooks River-Katmai National Park 2013 Season by Gregg Burch-1

Brooks River-Katmai National Park 2013 Season by Gregg Burch-1

KNP&P's Facebook video of 409 Beadnose with her yearlings.: "Do mother bears share food with their cubs, or do they simply tolerate stealing by their offspring? Neither behavior has been scientifically proven, but personal observations can shed some light on the question.   Have you ever seen a mother bear share?" (posted November 22, 2016 09:00 )

June 2013:

2013.06.29:  409 Beadnose with 3 yearlings video by Martina:

409 Beadnose with 3 yearlings

409 Beadnose with 3 yearlings. June 29, 2013 by Martina

July 2013:

2013.07.??:  Meet 409 Beadnose and yearlings video by Explore:

Meet Beadnose and cubs 2013 video by Explore-0

Meet Beadnose and cubs 2013 video by Explore-0

2013.07.??:  Park visitor, Eva Thiemann, captured this video of 409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings.:
Bear cubs fighting for salmon (409 Beadnose & yearlings) July 2013 video by Eva Thiemann-0

Bear cubs fighting for salmon (409 Beadnose & yearlings) July 2013 video by Eva Thiemann-0

2013.07.??:  Michael Smith captured these videos (#1 & #2 ) of 409 and her 3 yearlings.  Part of Michael's description of the videos includes this information:  "Boar almost caught and killed the one at the top. He woofed for a while and then left. Mom came back with the other two sibs, and she stood guard at the base of the tree."

3 CUBS IN A TREE, KATMAI NP by Michael Smith July 2013

3 CUBS IN A TREE, KATMAI NP by Michael Smith July 2013

Cubs in a Tree, one view

Cubs in a Tree, one view.by Michael Smith July 2013

2013.07.04:  Eaglewhisper18 captured video of 409 and her 3 yearlings on the lower river on 7/4/2013.

Katmai National Park,Alaska-Lower River,beautiful area mama bear & her cubs,7 4 13, video by eaglewhisperer18

Katmai National Park,Alaska-Lower River,beautiful area mama bear & her cubs,7 4 13, video by eaglewhisperer18

2013.07.10:  Rebecca Latson, Where the Trails Take You Photography, captured photos of 409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings on 7/10/2013. Photo #1 (409 Beadnose and 2 of 3 yearlings, #2 and #3 (3 yearlings) and #4 "the runt" (smallest yearling).

2013.07.11:  Park visitor, Christoph Strässler, captured these photos of 409 Beadnose and her yearlings:  Photo #1 , Photo #2 (3 yearlings only) , Photo #3 (3 yearlings only) , Photo #4 (3 yearlings only) , Photo #5 , Photo #6 , Photo #7 , & Photo #8 

2013.07.16:  Juergen's gif of 409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings.:

2013.07.18:  Ranger Roy Wood's photo of 409 Beadnose and one of her yearling cubs from the KNP&P 409 Beadnose Flickr Gallery :

2013.07.19:

17:30:  409 Beadnose with her 3 yearlings video by MsDebbiB.  This video provides views from both the River Watch cam (located beneath the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform) and the Brooks Falls cam (located at deck level of the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform).:

Momma Beadnose with her 3 cubs at 530pm July 19, 2013 video by MsDebbiB-0

Momma Beadnose with her 3 cubs at 530pm July 19, 2013 video by MsDebbiB-0

2013.07.20:

15:33:  409 Beadnose and 3 yearlings video by MsDebbiB:

Beadnose fishing while the 3 cubs wait 3 33PM July 20, 2013 by MsDebbiB

Beadnose fishing while the 3 cubs wait 3 33PM July 20, 2013 by MsDebbiB

2013.07.23:  409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings video by MsDebbiB:
Beadnose and her Three Cub's get scared off July 23, 2013 by MsDebbiB

Beadnose and her Three Cub's get scared off July 23, 2013 by MsDebbiB

August 2013:

2013.08.24:

14:39:  Riverrock's snapshots of 409 Beadnose's "sweet fluffy cubs":  Snapshot #1 , Snapshot #2 , & Snapshot #3

Ranger Mike shared some information about 409's yearlings and yearlings nursing in general:

"You might still see them nursing, although the cubs are relying less and less on mother's milk for nutrition as they grow.

From what I saw of them, they all put on weight since July."

2013.08.28:  Brooks Camp visitor Dave Clark captured 8 photos of 409 and her 3 yearlings on 8/28/2013. Click the right arrow to view 7 more photos.

2013.08.30:  On August 30, 2013 cam viewers were able to observe 409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings for an extended period of time.  On August 31, 2013, Ranger Mike commented about the behavior of 409's family group at that time:

"It seems like many of you got to watch several bears yesterday for an extended period of time, especially 409 Beadnose and her three yearlings.

Did you notice how the smaller yearling in that litter behaves differently than it’s larger siblings? The larger yearlings seem to more actively pursue their mother and take fish from her. She will nurse them, but mother bears won’t bring food to their cubs. The cubs have to compete with one another for access to other food sources, like the fish that 409 catches. In most instances, it seems like the larger cubs (one of which is probably a male) are willing to pursue mom to get fish while the smaller cub won’t.

This is an example of how bears are individuals, even at a young age. As they grow, differences in disposition may even become more obvious."

2013.08.31:  Juergen created these gifs (#1 & #2 ) of 409 Beadnose's three yearlings near the lower river wildlife viewing platform.:

September 2013:

2013.09.05:  KNP&P's September 5, 2013 16:37 Facebook post :  "409 and her yearlings are back! Don't miss them on the explore.org bear cam.".:

2019.09.13:  409 Beadnose's 3 yearlings photograph by Pete Zwiers .  One of 409 Beadnose's three yearlings photograph by Pete Zwiers .

2019.09.15:  409 Beadnose's 3 yearlings photograph by Pete Zwiers .

2019.09.16:  Two of 409 Beadnose's three yearlings photograph by Pete Zwiers .  One of 409 Beadnose's three yearlings photograph by Pete Zwiers .

2013.09.17:  Juergen captured this snapshot of 409 Beadnose's 3 yearlings (from Juergen's group flickr ).:

2013.09.26:  Juergen captured this snapshot of 409 Beadnose's 3 yearlings (from Juergen's group flickr ).:

2013.09.28:  409 Beadnose with her 3 yerlings snapshot by Thresa Glass (from KNP&P Bearcam group flickr ).:

409 Beadnose with her 3 yearlings on the Spit video by Linda Jett.:
Beadnose 409 and-Cubs-RW 9-28-2013 6-16-05 PM by Linda Jett

Beadnose 409 and-Cubs-RW 9-28-2013 6-16-05 PM by Linda Jett

409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings are displaced from the Spit by another bear and depart to fish in the lower river video by Linda Jett.:

Beadnose and her 3 Cubs on The Spit on 9 28 2013 6 28 35 PM Part 2 by Linda Jett

Beadnose and her 3 Cubs on The Spit on 9 28 2013 6 28 35 PM Part 2 by Linda Jett

2013.09.29:  409 Beadnose with her 3 yearlings from Down River Island to the Spit video (part 1) by Linda Jett.:

Beadnose-cubs 9-29-2013 09-10-54 AM by Linda Jett

Beadnose-cubs 9-29-2013 09-10-54 AM by Linda Jett

2013.09.30:  409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings near the wader sign video by kidnaround1.:

Lr Beadnose and cubs wait busstop 9-30-2013 9-55-48 PM by kidnaround1

Lr Beadnose and cubs wait busstop 9-30-2013 9-55-48 PM by kidnaround1

409 Beadnose with her 3 yearlings on closed trail video (part 3) by Linda Jett.:

Brooks Camp Beadnose and Cubs Part 3 9 30 2013 5 15 40 PM by Linda Jett

Brooks Camp Beadnose and Cubs Part 3 9 30 2013 5 15 40 PM by Linda Jett

409 Beadnose with her 3 yearlings near wader sign video (part 4) by Linda Jett.:
Brooks Camp Beadnose and Cubs Part 4 9 30 2013 5 24 54 PM by Linda Jett

Brooks Camp Beadnose and Cubs Part 4 9 30 2013 5 24 54 PM by Linda Jett

409 Beadnose with her 3 yearlings near the wader sign video (part 7) by Linda Jett.:
Brooks Camp Beadnose and Cubs Part 7 9 30 2013 6 03 19 PM by Linda Jett

Brooks Camp Beadnose and Cubs Part 7 9 30 2013 6 03 19 PM by Linda Jett

2014:  Single Adult Female

409 Beadnose was included in the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 36:

409 was a single female in 2014.  It is believed that 409 successfully emancipated all three cubs from her 2012 litter in early 2014.  500 Indy is believed to be the largest of those offspring.  On July 4, 2014 two small subadults were observed together and were to believed to be the two largest offspring from her 2012 litter.  On August 31, 2014 Ranger Jeanne and Ranger Mike observed a small subadult at Margot Creek that closely resembled 409's smallest offspring from her 2012 litter.  

June 2014:

2014.06.19:  409 Beadnose mated with 634 Popeye, NPS photos from KNP&P flickr (#1 & #2 ):

2014.06.21:  Juergen's gif of 409 Beadnose.:

2014.06.22:  Juergen's gif of 409 Beadnose.:

2014.06.24:  KNP&P's NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from the 2014 Fat Bear Tuesday contest. (KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:30 Facebook post ).:

July 2014:

2014.07.??:   GABear shared this July 2014 snapshot of 409 Beadnose on the lip and 480 Otis below (p 01/12/2020 06:49 ).  GABear shared this July 2014 snapshot of 409 Beadnose on the lip, 480 Otis in the jacuzzi, 814 Lurch & 89 Backpack in the far pool (near to far) (p 01/12/2020 06:49 ).:

2014.07.02:  Cam Op Anna-Marie captured this snapshot of 409 Beadnose:

2014.07.07:  409 Beadnose's fish is pirated by another bear (274 Overflow?) in this video by JB Grace.  The bear (274?) climbs falls to steal fish from Beadnose THREE times. Upon the fourth attempt, Beadnose runs away with her fish - with thief in tow:

Katmai bear stealing fish from Beadnose bear 409 July 7, 2014 by JB Grace

Katmai bear stealing fish from Beadnose bear 409 July 7, 2014 by JB Grace

2014.07.16:  409 Beadnose falls of the lip of Brooks Falls in this video by JB Grace.  634 Popeye is the bear below the falls in this video.  

409 Beadnose goes over the falls July 16, 2014 by JB Grace

409 Beadnose goes over the falls July 16, 2014 by JB Grace

September 2014:

2014.09.??:  GABear shared this snapshot of 409 Beadnose (p 01/12/2020 06:49 ).:

2014.09.18:  409 Beadnose on Spit Road video by JoeBear:

Big Beadnose rumbles down the road September 18, 2014 by JoeBear

Big Beadnose rumbles down the road September 18, 2014 by JoeBear

2014.09.21:  409 Beadnose and 410 on the spit with Mike Fitz strolling by in his kayak video by RGW.:
09 21 2014 Evening Kayak by RGW

09 21 2014 Evening Kayak by RGW

2014.09.24:  KNP&P's NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from the 2014 Fat Bear Tuesday contest. (KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:30 Facebook post ).:


2014.09.29:  Juergen's gif of 409 Beadnose. (wiki won't allow gif to be loaded here, file may be too large)

2014.09.30:  On September 30, 2014, 409 Beadnose competed in the 2014 Fat Bear Tuesday contest, the first annual Fat Bear contest 

At 10:30 AKDT, 409 Beadnose was paired with 284 "Electra" in round 5.:


KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:30 AKDT 284 Facebook post vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:30 AKDT 409 Beadnose Facebook post .  

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 10:37 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:

409 Beadnose defeated 284 "Electra" in round 5 of the 2014 Fat Bear Tuesday contest:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 12:37 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:


At 14:00  AKDT, 409 Beadnose was paired with 480 Otis in round 9.:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 14:00 AKDT 409 Beadnose Facebook post  vs KNP&P's September 30, 2014 14:00 AKDT 480 Otis Facebook post .:

480 Otis defeated 409 Beadnose in round 9 of the 2014 Fat Bear Tuesday contest.:

KNP&P's September 30, 2014 15:08 AKDT Facebook post with updated bracket .:

2015:  Single Adult Female

409 Beadnose was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 38:

2015 Season:

409 Beadnose was a single female in 2015.

2015 photo of 409 Beadnose (near, left) and her niece, 128 Grazer (far, right) fishing the lip of Brooks Falls can be seen in Mike Fitz' October 6, 2016 blog, When Mother Bears Collide .  

June 2015:

2015.06.??:  GABear shared this snapshot of 409 Beadnose on the lip with 410 sitting in the far pool (p 01/12/2020 06:49 ).:

2015.06.27:  Ranger Mike captured these photos of 409 Beadnose:  Photo #1 & Photo #2 

NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from the 2015 Fat Bear Week contest.:

July 2015:

2015.07.??:  GABear shared this snapshot of 409 Beadnose on the lip with 868 Wayne Brother, 480 Otis sitting below, and 410 in the far pool (p 01/12/2020 06:49 ).:

2015.07.01:  Ranger Mike captured these photos of 409 Beadnose:  Photo #1 & Photo #2

2015.07.02:  KNP&P volunteer, park visitor, and cam op, Anna-Marie, captured this photo of 409 Beadnose:

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

2015.07.03:  Let's hear it from the girl!  409 Beadnose can be heard growling on the lip of Brooks Falls in this video by JoeBear.  89 Backpack is the bear in the jacuzzi.:
Beadnose Growling July 3, 2015 by JoeBear

Beadnose Growling July 3, 2015 by JoeBear

2015.07.10:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Carla Farris observed an interaction between 409 Beadnose and 128 Grazer:  Carla shares this experience in her June 15. 2016 comment  and includes this photo collage : "Here are some shots of a little squabble between Beadnose and Grazer that I was lucky enough to get the very first day last year! Beadnose was catching a lot of salmon and she was starting to just eat small amounts, so Grazer decided she would take advantage of that so as Beadnose started to step away, Grazer grabbed at the salmon. Beadnose then decided maybe she wasn't done with it quite yet! It was a great way to start off our trip. Hope we get the chance to experience more moments like this."


2015.07.12:  409 Beadnose on lip with an itch video by Lyn Gulbransen:

Beadnose had an itch! July 12, 2015 by Lyn Gulbransen

Beadnose had an itch! July 12, 2015 by Lyn Gulbransen

2015.07.19:  Ranger Mike's photo of 505 stealing a fish from 409 Beadnose.

2015.07.28:  Ranger Mike's photo of 128 Grazer, 409 Beadnose, 868 Wayne Brother, and 505 on the lip.

409 Beadnose falls off (or is ejected by Grazer) the falls, gets past Otis and then is attacked by 402 protecting her 1st quads (which included 811 & 812). on July 28, 2015 video by Margaret Saint Clair.:

Beadnose falls off falls and is attacked by 402 shortened July 28, 2015 by Margaret Saint Clair

Beadnose falls off falls and is attacked by 402 shortened July 28, 2015 by Margaret Saint Clair

2015.07.29:  409 Beadnose falls off the lip of the falls and is attacked by 402 as she attempts to make her way back up to the lip of the falls when she approaches the fish ladder area and gets to close to 402 and her spring cubs in this video by Margaret Saint Clair.

Beadnose falls off falls and is attacked by 402 shortened July 29, 2015 by Margaret Saint Clair

Beadnose falls off falls and is attacked by 402 shortened July 29, 2015 by Margaret Saint Clair

September 2015:

2015.09.06:  Ranger Mike's photo of 409 Beadnose.

2015.09.23:  Ranger Mike's photo of 409 Beadnose.

NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from the 2015 Fat Bear Week contest.:

2015.09.24:   410, 409 Beadnose, and 32 Chunk on Spit Road videos:

Donna T. Bennett (aka DTB, DtotheOtotheB)'s video of 410, 409 Beadnose, and 32 Chunk of Spit Road with Pretty Woman piped in.

Mickey Williams' video :

410, 409 Beadnose, and 32 Chunk walking on Spit Road Katmai National Park 9 24 2015 by Mickey Williams

410, 409 Beadnose, and 32 Chunk walking on Spit Road Katmai National Park 9 24 2015 by Mickey Williams

JoeBear's video :
Katmai Birthday Party 09 24 2015 video by JoeBear

Katmai Birthday Party 09 24 2015 video by JoeBear

Martina's video :

Explore org bearcams LR 9-24-2015 by Martina

Explore org bearcams LR 9-24-2015 by Martina

2015.09.30:  Anna-Marie Gantt captured this video of 409 Beadnose and 128 Grazer on the lip.:

October 2015:

2015 Fat Bear Contest:

409 Beadnose was a participant in the 2015 Fat Bear Week contest. 

Donna T. Bennett (aka DTB, yesitsdonna) posted this Naomi Boak version video to campaign for 409:

409 Beadnose 2015 For Fat Bear 2015 Naomi Boak Version

409 Beadnose 2015 For Fat Bear 2015 Naomi Boak Version


2015.10.13:  409 Beadnose wins the 2015 Fat Bear Contest :

2016:  Adult Female with 2 Spring Cubs, 4th Known Litter, 909 (blonder) & 910 (darker) Speculated

409 Beadnose was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 45:

2016 Season:

2016.??.??:  409 Beadnose was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton.  This video by KNP&P shows the darting process and provides this information about the genetics study.:

"That pink dart retrieves a DNA sample, without ever having to sedate the bear. The goal of this study is to evaluate gene flow throughout Katmai and the surrounding area, particularly across the Aleutian Range."

409 Beadnose is darted for the Genetics Study 2016 KNP&P video-1

409 Beadnose is darted for the Genetics Study 2016 KNP&P video-1

2016.??.??:  409 Beadnose highlights video by David S.:

Highlights --- ??? 409 Beadnose?? 2016 Season by David S

Highlights --- ??? 409 Beadnose?? 2016 Season by David S

2016.??.??:  GreenRiver shared these 2016 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4, #5 , #6 & #7 ) of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (p 01/12/2020 08:37 ).  GreenRiver shared these 2016 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 & #9 ) of 409 Beadnose, some with her spring cubs (p 01/12/2020 14:51 ).:

2016.??.??:  Mocha's 2016 season video of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) walking by the lower river wildlife viewing platform.:

409 with spring cubs 2016 Season by Mocha

409 with spring cubs 2016 Season by Mocha

June 2016:

2016.06.18 (Not June 6, 2018, cams not live that early in the season):  409 Beadnose and her two spring cubs (909 & 910) make their live cam debut in this video by Mickey Williams.:

Katmai National Park and Explore Mom & 2 COYs on spit road AM 6-18-16 (NOT JUNE 6, 2016 CAMS NOT LIVE THAT EARLY IN SEASON) by Mickey Williams

Katmai National Park and Explore Mom & 2 COYs on spit road AM 6-18-16 (NOT JUNE 6, 2016 CAMS NOT LIVE THAT EARLY IN SEASON) by Mickey Williams

2016.06.17:  NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from round 2.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest ~ 409 Beadnose vs 410 .:

2016.06.18:  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) video by Victoria White.:

409 Beadnose and Cubs ~ 2016 06 18 by Victoria White

409 Beadnose and Cubs ~ 2016 06 18 by Victoria White

2016.06.19:  NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from round 1.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest ~ 409 Beadnose vs 402 .:

2016.06.20:  409 Beadnose with her two spring cubs (909 & 910) forage on Spit Road video by Mickey Williams.  For 409, it looks like the foraging was for food; in the case of the little 409 offspring it looks like they were taking turns foraging for mooring ropes for boats.

409 Beadnose and COYs forage on spit rd

409 Beadnose and COYs forage on spit rd. 6-20-16 Katmai National Park and Explore bu Mickey Williams

2016.06.22:  409 Beadnose and her two spring cubs (909 & 910) video by Victoria White.:

Beadnose & Cubs ~ 2016 06 22 by Victoria White

Beadnose & Cubs ~ 2016 06 22 by Victoria White

2016.06.23:  409 Beadnose nursing her cubs on the spit video by Martina:

409 Beadnose nursing her cubs LR 2016-6-23 Explore org LR Cam by Martina

409 Beadnose nursing her cubs LR 2016-6-23 Explore org LR Cam by Martina

A closer look at 409 Beadnose and her two spring cubs (909 & 910) near the floating bridge, video by Mickey Williams.:

12;25am 6-23-16 Part 1 Beadnose 409 and cubs Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

12;25am 6-23-16 Part 1 Beadnose 409 and cubs Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

2016.06.27:  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) take a swim across the river in this video by Mickey Williams.  When 409 Beadnose won't permit the COY to hitch a ride on her back, the COY take off on their own.

2;20pm 6-27-16 409 Beadnoseand cubs swm across river Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

2;20pm 6-27-16 409 Beadnoseand cubs swm across river Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

July 2016:

2016.07.07:  When Mother Bears Collide video by Mike Fitz.  Mike description of the video states:  "When two mother bears encounter one another how will they react? This is footage of 128 Grazer and cubs encounter 409 Beadnose and cubs on July 7, 2016 at Brooks River in Katmai National Park Alaska. Note how the bears stand their ground, but avoid an actual fight. Bears attempt to avoid fights far more often than they engage in them..."  Mike breaks down the interaction in his blog:  When Mother Bears Collide :
When Mother Bears Collide July 7, 2016 by Mike Fitz

When Mother Bears Collide July 7, 2016 by Mike Fitz

2016.07.15:  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) on the lower river video by st mango.:

409 plus 2 cubs LR 2016 07 15 10 30 am approx by st mango

409 plus 2 cubs LR 2016 07 15 10 30 am approx by st mango

2016.07.16 - 2016.07.21:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) (p 08/27/16 10:53).  This was the first comment Truman Everts ever made in the bearcam comments...and he has been sharing his Brooks Camp / Katmai adventures with us ever since.  Truman also shared that 409's spring cubs "make the most hellish sounds when they fight! " (p 08/27/16 11:14).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's 2 spring cubs climbing a tree (p 09/02/16 22:04).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's 2 spring cubs treed (p 08/27/16 11:20).  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's 2 spring cubs treed (p 09/01/16 20:05); Truman shared this information about this photograph (p 09/02/16 04:46 ) "she (409) was fishing, so they wisely scrambled up here, since there were multiple boars nearby".  Truman Everts captured this photograph of one of 409 Beadnose's spring cubs treed (p 08/29/16 08:20).  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's 2 spring cubs treed (p 08/27/16 11:34).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose (p 09/10/16 11:29).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (p 09/01/16 19:45).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs (p 08/30/16 14:59).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (p 09/10/16 17:36).  Truman Everts captured this photograph  of 409 Beadnose with 1 of 2 spring cubs visible (p 08/28/16 18:13).  Truman Everts  captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's 2 spring cubs (p 08/31/16 17:48).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose (p 08/29/16 18:12).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (p 09/03/16 08:42).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose fishing with her 2 spring cubs in the background (p 08/30/16 07:01).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose (p 08/30/16 21:23).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with 1 of her 2 spring cubs (p 09/07/16 20:03).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose that shows her kind of scary right front paw (p 08/31/16 16:42).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs (p 09/06/16 16:23).:

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2016.07.19:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of one of 409 Beadnose's two spring cubs in the "Nanny Tree" on July 19, 2016 at 10:11 (p 02/02/2020 08:22 ).  Truman Everts captured this phootgraph of the other 409 Beadnose's spring cubs in the "Nanny Tree" (p 02/02/2020 08:59 ).   Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs at 15:41 (p 02/02/2020 07:58 ).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's two spring cubs (909 & 910, 1 cub standing on hind legs) at 20:07 (p 02/02/2020 08:05 ).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's two spring cubs (909 & 910) at 20:07 (p 02/02/2020 08:13 ). Truman Everts shared this 7/19/2016 photo of 409 Beadnose on 3/26/2020. Truman Everts shared this 7/19/2016 photo of 409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 and 910) on 5/4/2020. "Haven't given up yet, that 409 might still be out there. ❤ Here she is in '16, cub-protecting at Level 10."

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Linda Jett posted on YouTube this 6 minute extract video from Ranger David’s July 19 2016 PBP in which 409 fishes the lip and returns with her catch. 409's cubs (909 & 910) fight over the fish and can be heard vocalizing.:

Beadnose Cubs (909 & 910) fighting over fish 2016 07 19 2028 16 by Linda Jett

Beadnose Cubs (909 & 910) fighting over fish 2016 07 19 2028 16 by Linda Jett

2016.07.21:  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) at 10:51 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 07:39 ).  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) at 10:53 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 09:07 ).  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) at 10:53 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 09:23 ).  Truman Everts also captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with one of her two spring cubs visible (the other is hiding behind 409) on July 21, 2016 (p 02/02/2020 07:42 ).:

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2016.07.31:  409 Beadnose and her two spring cubs leave the lip the hard way in this video created by Carol Anne Meyer.:

Changing of the guard 409 and cubs leave the lip the hard way; 402 and cubs take over by Carol Anne Meyer

Changing of the guard 409 and cubs leave the lip the hard way; 402 and cubs take over by Carol Anne Meyer

409 Beadnose's spring cubs tumbles video by Melissa Freels.:

Beadnose's Cub Tumbles, July 31, 2016 by Melissa Freels

Beadnose's Cub Tumbles, July 31, 2016 by Melissa Freels

Mickey Williams' video of 409 Beadnose's 2 spring cubs taking turns falling off the lip of Brooks Falls.:

07.31.2016 - 409 Beadnose and Cubs

07.31.2016 - 409 Beadnose and Cubs. Cubs take tumble off the lip by Mickey Williams

September 2016:

2016.09.04:  409 Beadnose with her 2 spring cubs video by Melissa Freels.:
409 Beadnose and Cubs, September 4, 2016 by Melissa Freels

409 Beadnose and Cubs, September 4, 2016 by Melissa Freels

2016.09.06:  409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs up close video by Melissa Freels.:

409 Beadnose and Cubs - Up Close! September 6, 2016 by Melissa Freels

409 Beadnose and Cubs - Up Close! September 6, 2016 by Melissa Freels

Melissa Freels captured this video of 409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) close-up on the grassy point.:
409 Beadnose and Cubs - Up Close! September 6, 2016 by Melissa Freels-0

409 Beadnose and Cubs - Up Close! September 6, 2016 by Melissa Freels-0

Park visitor, Ronald Woan captured approximately 60 photographs of 409 Beadnose and her two spring cubs on September 6, 2016, his 2nd day at Brooks Camp.  Click here for the first photograph and then click the right arrow to view more of his photographs. 

Ratna Narayan captured this video of 409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910):

Beady and her beads P5 best cub rolling video ever September 6, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

Beady and her beads P5 best cub rolling video ever September 6, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

2016.09.09:  Viral Hog posted a 9/9/2016 video of 409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs 909 and 910 as they walked past a group of visitors.

Mama Bear and Cubs Walking on Trail Close to Hikers ViralHog 9 9 2016

Mama Bear and Cubs Walking on Trail Close to Hikers ViralHog 9 9 2016

2016.09.10:  94 (with her cub) and 409 (with her 2 cubs) can be heard in this video by park visitor Ana:

Audio of bear spat September 10, 2016 409 Beadnose w 2 cubs & 94 w 1 cub by Ana-0

Audio of bear spat September 10, 2016 409 Beadnose w 2 cubs & 94 w 1 cub by Ana-0

2016.09.27:  NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from round 2.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest. ~ 409 Beadnose vs 410 :

2016.09.29:  NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from round 1.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest ~ 409 Beadnose vs 402 .:

October 2016:

2016.10.05:  Brenda D captured uniterrupted Lower River West cam footage on October 5, 2016 of Ranger Saxton attempting to dart 480 Otis (approximately 11:20 into Brenda's video) and footage of 409 Beadnose with her two spring cubs (909 & 910) on closed trail.  At approximately 26:16 into Brenda's video you see the 409 family group all stand up on the hind legs looking to the right.  409 Beadnose standing on her hind legs is not something we observe often.  At approximately 27:38, when the cam pans right, 83 Wayne Brother, with a dart still attached, can be seen in the far right of the screen.  Ranger Saxton darting 83 Wayne Brother is not captured in the video, just 83 Wayne Brother with the unrecovered dart still attached.  :

10.05

10.05.2016 - 480, 409, 83, Ranger Michael DNA Extravaganza

Martina captured this video of 409 Beadnose and her two spring cubs (909 & 910) sharing a fish.:

2016 10 05 409 Beadnose "Don`t quarrel" by Martina

2016 10 05 409 Beadnose "Don`t quarrel" by Martina

409 Beadnose's cub bluff charges 854 Divot's cubs video by David S.:

Dart capture 409 cubs 854 and cub2016-10-05 20-08-32-854 by David S (409 cub bluff charges 854 cubs)

Dart capture 409 cubs 854 and cub2016-10-05 20-08-32-854 by David S (409 cub bluff charges 854 cubs)

2016.10.08:  409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs (909 & 910) video by Ratna Narayan.:

Beady and the beadettes October 8, 2016 by Ratna Narayan-1

Beady and the beadettes October 8, 2016 by Ratna Narayan-1

2016.10.12:  409 Beadnose  faces off against 402 in round 1.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest.:

KNP&P's October 12, 2016 12:00 Facebook post .:  "Two heavyweight mother bears face off for a chance to advance to the second round. Both these big beautiful bears have raised several cubs over the years. They approach cub rearing in different ways, but both aim to get fat for their own survival and for their cubs. There’s no one-size-fits-all mothering technique in the bear world, unless that size is XXXL. Sows sacrifice vital calories for their cubs, which makes the bulging season all the more challenging. Good thing these two know how to eat. Which of these fat mommas has the goods to advance?"

409 Beadnose is declared the winner of round 1.2 :  "The votes are in! This one is another no contest - 409 gets the nod with 727 to 78 votes. .."

2016.10.14:  409 Beadnose goes up against 410 in round 2.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest.:

KNP&P's October 14, 2016 12:00 Facebook post.: .:  "Last year’s Fat Bear Tuesday Champion 409 Beadnose has advanced to round 2, where she meets a legend in fat bear survival, 410. Even while keeping her cubbies chubby, 409 has managed to put on pounds on pounds for the winter. But her opponent ain’t no slouch either. 410 has mastered the art of energy conservation, plus she’s free from the drain of dependent cubs. 410 is currently the oldest bear known to use the Brooks River, and it shows in her ability to stack on the blubber. Is 410’s lard mongering experience enough to stop the chub train of 409 Beadnose?"

409 Beadnose is defeated by 410 in round 2.2 of the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest .:  "Time! The final tally is: Beadnose 294, Four-Ton 439. 410 wins!..."

2016.10.20:  Day light robbery video by David S.  909 scarfs fish from 409 Beadnose .:

Day light robbery bandicam 2016-10-20 20-01-01-298 by David S

Day light robbery bandicam 2016-10-20 20-01-01-298 by David S

2016 - 2018:  2016 Adult Female w/Spring Cubs to 2018 when Offspring were Independent Subadults

2016 Season - 2018 Season:

GreenRiver created this slideshow video of snapshot of 409 Beadnose with her two spring cubs from the 2016 season to their first season as independent subadults, 909 & 910, during the 2018 season.:

Sisters, Brooks River Brown Bears 909 and 910 from the 2016 Season (spring cubs) - the 2018 season (independent subadults) by GreenRiver

Sisters, Brooks River Brown Bears 909 and 910 from the 2016 Season (spring cubs) - the 2018 season (independent subadults) by GreenRiver

2017:  Adult Female with 2 Yearlings, 909 (blonder) & 910 (darker) Speculated

409 Beadnose was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 50:

2017 Season:

2017.??.??:  In 2017, park visitor, Karen Perry, captured video of 409 Beadnose successfully fishing the lip.  While 409 consumes her catch on the lip, one of her yearlings gets in a little nursing in.

2017.??.??:  Random Currents features 409 Beadnose and her cubs in this Katmai National Park's Zen Momma: 409 Beadnose and Her Cubs blog.

2017.??.??:  Mikey Wright captured this video of 747 displacing and then chasing 409 Beadnose and her two yearlings (now 909 & 910).

2017.??.??:  SMS4 captured this snapshot of the 409 Beadnose and 128 Grazer family groups having a standoff below the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform. (p 01/12/2020 05:48 ).  GreenRiver captured these 2017 season snapshots (#1 & #2 with 1 of 2 cubs, the other cub was in the grass ) of 409 Beadnose with her yearlings (p 01/12/2020 08:37 ).:

2017.??.??:  This summer of 2017 video by Jon Rayeski shows 409 and her playful yearlings on the lower river, 2:13-2:33. :

Alaska Bears 2017 by Jon Rayeski

Alaska Bears 2017 by Jon Rayeski

June 2017:  

2017.06.21:  The beginning of the 2017 bearcam season came with a ROAR (well a few of them).  Turn the volume up for this one!  409 Beadnose and her niece, 128 Grazer have an encounter on the north shore of the Brooks River.  409's cubs are in the grasses and 128's cubs are treed; 128 Grazer eventually calls her cubs down from the tree.  Video by Flyer 7474 (aka Steve CA):

128 & 409 2017-06-21 by Flyer 7474 (aka Steve CA)

128 & 409 2017-06-21 by Flyer 7474 (aka Steve CA)

Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of the 409 Beadnose and 128 Grazer family groups.:

128 & 409 2017-06-21 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128 & 409 2017-06-21 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

LuvBears shared this June 21, 2017 snapshot of 409 Beadnose and her 2 yearlings.:

Brenda D captured this video of 409 Beadnose and her two yearlings on June 21, 2017:

06.21

06.21.2017 - 409 Beadnose and yearlings at the Falls by Brenda D

2017.06.24:  409 Beadnose with her 2 yearlings (909 & 910) in the riffles at 17:50 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 11:26 ).  409 Beadnose's two yearlings (909 & 910) wading after 409 in the river at 17:56 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 09:37).  409 Beadsnose with her 2 yearlings (909 & 910) at the falls at 18:00 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 09:45 ).  409's yearling cubs (later to be 909 & 910) tree themselves for safety, while 409 executes a long series of fruitless lunges in the slim pickings of early summer...until finally getting hold of a fish at 20:13...... photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 10:07 ).  409 Beadnose with her 2 yearlings (909 & 910 at 20:24 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 12:13 ).  409 Beadnose (409 has a broken middle claw on her right front paw) with one of her two yearlings (909 or 910) on June 24, 2017 at 20:51 photograph by Truman Everts (p 02/02/2020 12:13 ). Truman Everts shared a 6/24/2017 photo of 409 Beadnose on 4/23/2020. Truman Everts shared this 6/24/2017 photo of 409 Beadnose "sprinting after a fish to feed her 2 yearling girls" on 5/28/2020.

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2017.06.25:  128 Grazer and 409 Beadnose face off again video by Brenda D.  409 Beadnose shows up first, cubs climb the tree to wait. 128 Grazer shows up later and her cubs go up the SAME tree. 128 Grazer and 409 Beadnose face off at the base of the tree and hill. 128 Grazer gets 409 Beadnose out of the way and the Grazettes climb down and go to the left bank. One of the Beadettes gets out of the tree and exits stage right. The other Beadette tries to come down and 128 Grazer climbs the tree to send it back up to the top. 128 Grazer finally lets the Beadette out of the tree and 409 Beadnose and family leaves. Wow! It's an amazing video to watch..:
06.25

06.25.2017 - 128 Grazer and 409 Beadnose face off again by Brenda D

Ruxandra Nicole captured this video :

Grazer and Beadnose having a fight, they both had the cubs in the same tree, Brooks Falls June 25, 2017 by Ruxandra Nicole

Grazer and Beadnose having a fight, they both had the cubs in the same tree, Brooks Falls June 25, 2017 by Ruxandra Nicole

Former KNP&P ranger & Explore.org resident natrualist, Mike Fitz wrote a blog on June 27, 2017 about the incident:  When Mother Bears Collide (Again)

2017.06.26:  409 Beadnose and her two yearlings fishing the lip video by Brenda D.:

06.26

06.26.2017 - 409 Beadnose and Cubs fishing the Lip by Brenda D

Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose's two yearlings (909 & 910) sitting on the same rock watching 409 fish on June 26, 2017 at 19:18 (p 02/02/2020 12:45 ).  Truman Everts captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 409 Beadnose and her two yearlings (909 & 910) fishing the lip of Brooks Falls at 19:22 (p 02/02/2020 12:55 01 & p 02/02/2020 16:13 02 reply).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose with her 2 yearlings (909 & 910) at 19:25 (p 02/02/2020 13:51 ).:

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2017.06.27:  409 Beadnose and her two yearlings late night fishing video by Arlene Beech (aka Homebird).:

Beadnose 409 and her cubs late night fishing at Brooks Falls. 00

Beadnose 409 and her cubs late night fishing at Brooks Falls. 00.10 27 June 2017 by Arlene Beech (aka Homebird)

Cheryl B’s June 27, 2017 video . 409 and yearlings arrive to an empty falls and fish the far pool for a while. They arrive at 7:55 in the video.

2017 06 27 01 17 52 @12 05 PM AKDT Bald Eagles on shore Beadnose and yearlings fishing the office by Cheryl B

2017 06 27 01 17 52 @12 05 PM AKDT Bald Eagles on shore Beadnose and yearlings fishing the office by Cheryl B

July 2017:

2017.07.??:  JustDucky captured this close-up photo of 409 Beadnose during her 2017 Trip to Brooks Camp.

2017.07.01:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 409 Beadnose and her two yearlings (909 & 910) at 15:27 (p 02/02/2020 19:39 ).:

2017.07.10:  Martina’s video of 409/Beadnose and her yearlings (now 909 & 910). For the first 2:30 mins the cubs wrestle with each other and chase gulls. Beadnose joins in and has a long play session with them::

2017 07 10 409 Beadnose with her 2 cubs (909 & 910) by Martina

2017 07 10 409 Beadnose with her 2 cubs (909 & 910) by Martina

2017.07.17:  409 Beadnose and her heebie geebies (yearlings, 909 & 910) video by DTB:

409 & Her Heebie Geebies July 17, 2017 by DTB

409 & Her Heebie Geebies July 17, 2017 by DTB

2017.07.19:  NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from round 2 of the 2017 Fat Bear Week contest.:

2017.07.22:  ElaineDE share a 7/22/2017 photo of 409 and her 2 yearlings 909 and 910 on 4/22/2020.

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2017.07.27:  Truman Everts shared this 7/27/2017 photo of 409 Beadnose and 1 of her 2 yearlings on 5/10/2020.

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2017.07.30:  409 Beadnose's yearling (910 ) "towelling" off after getting out of the river video by Brenda D.:

07.30

07.30.2017 - 409's Cub Dries Off (910) by Brenda D

August 2017:

2017.08.03:  Peaceful existence between 409 Beadnose with her 2 yearlings and 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings video by Brenda D.:

08.03

08.03.2017 - 409 Beadnose Family and 128 Grazer Family Peaceful by Brenda D

September 2017:

2017.09.??:  Park visitor and cam viewer, MollyGee-TX , captured this photo of 409 Beadnose.  This photo provides a great view of the "growths" that appear on 409 Beadnose's eyes.  Other bears, like 435 Holly, also have similar "growths" on their eyes.  We have requested additional information from the rangers on these "growths".

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What are these growths on some of the bear's eyes: We have noticed strange growths(?) on some of the bear's eyes.  

409 Beadnose and 435 Holly are some examples: 409 Beadnose 09/2017 by MollyGeeTX &  435 Holly 09/17/2017 by MollyGeeTX.

Truman Everts captured this June 30, 2019 photo of a cub with similar inflamation / swelling (growths) on its eyelids.   On August 30, 2019, Truman asked Mike Fitz about this and Mike Fitz replied .:

Mike Fitz' reply :

"Hi Truman. I've noticed the swellings around Beadnose's eyelids too. I'm not sure what it might be other than scars and swellings caused by biting insects. A bear's eyelids seem to be quite vulnerable to insect bites. I once watched 409 and 634 copulating near the falls platform and through my binoculars I could see their eyes swarmed by black flies while they were preoccupied. Sometimes the skin on moose can be eaten nearly raw by flies in summer as explained in this article .  I've never seen anything like that on bears though. Perhaps bears are just better at keeping flies off. No matter what, they must have a very high tolerance for biting insects."

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2017.09.11:  409 Beadnose and her yearlings (909 & 910) relax on the banks of the Lower Brooks River video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).:

409 on the Lower Brooks River 2017 09 11 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

409 on the Lower Brooks River 2017 09 11 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.16:  NPS photo of 409 Beadnose from round 2 of the 2017 Fat Bear Week contest.:

October 2017:  

2017.10.04:  409 Beadnose goes up against her niece, 128 Grazer in round 2 of the 2017 Fat Bear Week contest.:

KNP&P's October 4, 2017 12:00 Facebook post .:  "Round 2 features warrior vs. the wise with two more beefy mother bears. 409 Beadnose is raising her 4th litter this year, outperforming 128 Grazer 4 to 1 in the reproduction department. Lucky for Grazer, this competition is about one thing, and one thing only: bulging bellies of lard. Which of these lovely lady’s lumps are lumpiest? Will Beadnose be Grazered out of the running, or will 409’s experience guide her to sweet, swollen victory? Only you can decide."

KNP&P's October 4, 2017 18:19 Facebook comment :  409 Beadnose is declared the winner of round 2:

"409 Beadnose wins in a landslide victory! The former champ is moving on to the next round, where she'll meet a veteran in bear obesity - 410."

2017.10.06:  409 Beadnose competes against 410 in round 6 of the 2017 Fat Bear Week contest.:

KNP&P's October 6, 2017 12:00 Facebook post .:  "How do you transform your body into nothing but booty? Just ask one of these luscious lady bears. If they could answer, they’d tell you the secret is in the art of the summer nap. When these strapping sows aren’t stuffing their face with salmon, they’re beached in a belly hole nearby. Far from lazy, these two butterballs have serious survival skills. Energy conservation has earned these big girls excellent chances for survival this winter. Now they need your votes to survive to the next round of Fat Bear Week. Who will you choose?"

KNP&P's October 6, 2017 18:05 Facebook comment .:  409 Beadnose is defeated by 410 in round 6:

"The Queen of Katmai, 410 prevails this round! She'll have some hefty competition this Sunday with a showdown against the jumbo jet, 747."

2018:  Single Adult Female, Last Year Observed

409 was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 49.:

2018 Season:

2018.??.??:  Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2018 video of 409 Beadnose:

409 Beadnose 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

409 Beadnose 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

2018.??.??:  Cruiser shared this collage of 409 Beadnose snapshots (possibly captured on 09/13/2018 ) from the 2018 season (p 01/12/2020 09:46 )  Cruiser shared these 2018 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 409 Beadnose (p 01/12/2020 08:37 ).:

2018.??.??:  409 Beadnose (head visible beginning near 1:09, 2:24 ), high definition video posted 8/1/2018 by Kristi Odom.:

Bears of Brooks Falls by Kristi Odom

Bears of Brooks Falls by Kristi Odom

May 2018:

2018.05.22 or PRIOR:  409 Beadnose was observed and identified with her two 2.5 year-old cubs per KNP&P's May 22, 2018 10:05 Facebook post with photo of the family group courtesy of R. Taylor.:

"Bear update: bear 409 has been identified for the first time this season!

She is still accompanied by her two 2.5 year old cubs, her fourth litter. 409 can be identified by her dark chocolate-brown coat and blonde ears.

Photo courtesy of R. Taylor
[Image description: a brown bear sow with two large cubs grazing in grass]"



2018.05.24 - 2018.05.30:  128 Grazer with her two 2.5 year-old cubs and 409 Beadnose with her two 2.5 year-old cubs were observed on Spit Road the week of May 24, 2018 - May 30, 2018 NPS photo courtesy of R. Taylor via KNP&P's June 1, 2018 06:01 Facebook post :

June 2018:

Park visitor and cam viewer, Melissa Freels captured this photo of 409 sitting on a rock  and this photo of 409 on the lip of Brooks Falls during her June 2018  trip to Brooks Camp .

2018.06.06 & FEW DAYS PRIOR: 409 Beadnose was courted by 856 June 6, 2018 and the few days prior per Mike Fitz' June 6, 2018 Explore.org blog: Brooks River Bear Mating Season :

"Over the past few days at Brooks River, one of the area’s most dominant bears, 856, has been incessantly following the adult female 409 Beadnose. 409, many bearcam viewers may remember, raised two yearling cubs last summer, and she was seen with them earlier this spring. Now however, we know she has emancipated her cubs and is once again single. 856, perhaps more than anyone, knows this as well, and his proximity to Beadnose reveals his amorous intentions."

2018.06.21;  409 Beadnose visits the falls twice on June 21, 2018 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

409 Beadnose at Brooks Falls June 21, 2018 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

409 Beadnose at Brooks Falls June 21, 2018 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

2018.06.25 or 2018.06.26:  VIP Stacey shared her 2018 409 Beadnose story (p 01/12/20 13:08 ).:

"Here is my Beadnose story:

It was June 2018 — probably June 25 or 26? — and I was working my first ever volunteer shift at Katmai.

I was working in the Visitors Center that day.

It was early in the season, and there hadn’t been a lot of bears around.

But around noon, someone came in to the Visitors Center and reported that a bear had arrived at the Falls, and was fishing the lip!

“But it seems like the bear is hurt,” they said, “because it’s standing on the lip with its paw in the air.”

Well, the Bear wasn’t hurt; it was our beloved 409 Beadnose, in her classic and successful and elegant lip pose — one paw in the air, catching fish after fish after fish.

I saw her a lot in 2018 — both on the lip, and fishing near the platform in the Lower River in the early morning before the people arrived. And then we didn’t see her at all in 2019.

I like to think that where ever she was last summer she was packing on the pounds and getting fat, fat, fat. And I hope that we see her bright and early in 2020, up on the lip where she belongs, one paw in the air."

2018.06.28 or PRIOR:  51 Diver Junior courts 409 Beadnose video by Explore Live Nature Cams:

Bear 51 Diver Jr Courts 409 Beadnose June 2018 by Explore Live Nature Cams

Bear 51 Diver Jr Courts 409 Beadnose June 2018 by Explore Live Nature Cams

2018.06.29:  

Bearz61 captured this snapshot of 409 Beadnose:

KNP&P shared this NPS photo of 409 Beadnose:

At approximately 45:30 into this Explore Recorder video , 409 Beadnose can be seen on the bank below the viewing platform shortly before going to the far pool.

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 06-29-2018 11 31 21 - 12 31 22 Explore Recorder video

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 06-29-2018 11 31 21 - 12 31 22 Explore Recorder video

409 Beadnose -- leaves the viewing platform bank, goes to the far pool, exits up the far bank, seen again near the far pool, returns to the viewing platform bank, goes to the lip -- closer view in the far pool starts near 2:00, closer view near viewing platform bank starts near 25:00. 6/29/18 (2:00 start).  Explore Recorder video :

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 06-29-2018 12 31 23 - 13 13 56 Explore Recorder video

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 06-29-2018 12 31 23 - 13 13 56 Explore Recorder video

409 Beadnose on the lip, closer views start near 6:00. Some examples of her trademark water slapping are near 6:19, 33:00. 33:23, 33:41, 33:53. 6/29/18 (6:00 start).  Explore Recorder video .:
Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 06-29-2018 13 14 18 - 14 14 19 Explore Recorder video

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 06-29-2018 13 14 18 - 14 14 19 Explore Recorder video

Shel shared these June 29, 2018 snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , $6 , #7 , #8 , #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 , #13 , #14 , #15 , #16 & #17 ) of 409 Beadnose that are from the same time frame as the 3 Explore Recorder videos above (p 01/12/2020 15:56 ).:

Truman Everts shared this 6/29/2018 photo  of 409 Beadnose on 3/25/2020. . "I just ran across this 2018 face shot of beloved 409...and decided we could all use a little 409 today..."

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

Late June 2018 - Early July 2018:

2018.06.?? - 2018.07.??:    Bookmom shared these late June 2018 or early July 2018 snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 409 Beadnose (p 01/12/2020 06:54 ).:

July 2018:

2018.07.??:  Park visitor, Mike Weagley captured this July 2018 video of 409 Beadnose eating her fish away from the river when 83 Wayne Brother comes along demonstrating his cowboy walk:

Katmai National Park 16 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Katmai National Park 16 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video of 603.  128 Grazer, 409 Beadnose (with fish), and 775 Lefty on the lip near to far at the beginning of this video.  409 takes her fish closer to the fish ladder to consume her fish.  The video then switches to 603 (believed by some to possibly be 68 in the early season) and 856 (left to right) at the 0:36 mark  The video then goes back to the bears on the lip and then back again to 603 and 856.  The sweeping briefly to 755 Scare D Bear on the North side of the river.:
Katmai National Park 10 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Katmai National Park 10 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video that has 409 Beadnose fishing the lip:

Katmai National Park 4 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-1