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409 9/27/16

Adult Female

Year First Identified:  1999 as a subadult

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

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.

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

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

July 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 .

July 2009:

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:

On March 13, 2018 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) .  

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.

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.

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

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

2013.07.11:  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."

2013.08.30:  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."

September 2013:

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.

July 2014:

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:

2014.09.18:  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

2014.09.29:  Juergen's gif of 409 Beadnose.

2015:  Single Adult Female

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

409 Beadnose was a single female in 2015.

A 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:

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

July 2015:

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!

2015.07.10:¬† 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.

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.

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

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:

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

June 2016:

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

July 2016:

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).:

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

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

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

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

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:

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.

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

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

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)

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

2017.06.25:  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

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

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)

July 2017:

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

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".

Please request MollyGee-TX's permission prior to using her photos!



‚ÄčWhat 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."

Please request Truman Evert's permission prior to using his photos!

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)

2018:  Single Adult Female, Last Year Observed

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

2018 Season:

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

409 Beadnose 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

409 Beadnose 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

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

2018.06.28 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:

July 2018:

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

Katmai National Park 4 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-1

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video of 603 (believed by some to possibly be early season 68) seen begging from 409 Beadnose while 128 Grazer and 775 Lefty fish the lip. When he turns away 856 is seen to the right.:

Katmai National Park 11 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Katmai National Park 11 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Mike Weagly also captured this July 2018 video that includes 854 Divot (1st bear seen), 409 Beadnose and 775 Lefty (near to far) on the lip, 603 (believed by some to possibly be 68 in early season) in the jacuzzi, 747 in the far pool, 480 Otis in the office, and 755 Scare D Bear in the river on the North side by the downriver end of the wall.:
Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video of 603 (believed by some to possibly be early season 68) in the jacuzzi, 409 Beadnose and 775 Lefty on the lip (near to far), 747 in the far pool, 480 Otis and 755 Scare D. Bear by the "office" wall on the North side of the river.  

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

2018.07.06:  409 Beadnose had an eventful day on the lip...well, and slipping off:

Xander-Sage-2 created this gif of 409 slipping off the lip of the falls into the jacuzzi where 480 Otis was fishing.  128 Grazer was the other bear on the lip with 409.  

Erum Chad (aka Erie) captured this video :

Bear 409 Beadnose fell into J Brooks Falls 2018 07 06 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)-0

Bear 409 Beadnose fell into J Brooks Falls 2018 07 06 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)-0

KNP&P shared this video on their facebook page.

2018.07.08:  634 Popeye chases 409 Beadnose in an attempt to steal her fish, video by tsaneda (aka Shovelbum81):

Run, Beady, Run! 8Jul2018 409 Beadnose & 634 Popeye by tsaneda (aka ShovelBum81)

Run, Beady, Run! 8Jul2018 409 Beadnose & 634 Popeye by tsaneda (aka ShovelBum81)

2018.07.20:  451's cub approaches 409 Beadnose on the lip video by Bear Watcher, mckate:

20 Jul 2018 451's Cub Approachs 409 Beadnose on the Lip by Bear Watcher, mckate

20 Jul 2018 451's Cub Approachs 409 Beadnose on the Lip by Bear Watcher, mckate

2018.07.26:  409 Beadnose video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

409 "Beadnose" 2018 07 26 by Flyer 7474

409 "Beadnose" 2018 07 26 by Flyer 7474

August 2018:

2018.08.06:  409 Beadnose and 128 Grazer video by Birgitt:

409 Beadnose & 128 Grazer Competing for the Lip 2018-08-06 by Birgitt

409 Beadnose & 128 Grazer Competing for the Lip 2018-08-06 by Birgitt

September 2018:

Park visitor and cam viewer, Melissa Freels captured this photo of 409 during her September 2018 trip to brooks camp.

2018.09.13:  409 Beadnose during Mike Fitz' play-by-play .  Video by McKate:

13 Sep 2018 409 Snorkels and Scores by mckate

13 Sep 2018 409 Snorkels and Scores by mckate

Bookmom captured these snapshots of 409 during Mike Fitz' play-by-play:

2018.09.15:  409 Beadnose video by Birgitt:
409 Clocks out for the Night 2018-09-15 by Birgitt

409 Clocks out for the Night 2018-09-15 by Birgitt

2018.09.29:  409 Beadnose video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:

Bear 409 Beadnose RW Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 09 29 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Bear 409 Beadnose RW Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska 2018 09 29 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

October 2018:

2018 Fat Bear Week Contest:

409 Beadnose was crowned Fattest Bear 2018 KNP&P's October 10, 2018 News Release¬†: "In the tournament to be the tubbiest on the tundra, bear 409 Beadnose is the undisputed heavyweight champion for 2018. Online fans voted bear 409 ‚ÄúFattest Bear‚ÄĚ in the culmination of Fat Bear Week, a March-Madness style competition on the national park‚Äôs social media.

In a final vote on October 9th, 409 Beadnose was crowned champion for the 2nd time in the event’s five-year history. She bested another astoundingly large bear, 747, a boar whose belly barely makes clearance with the ground. A total thirteen bears from the Brooks River area of Katmai National Park were listed in the competition when it began on October 3rd.

Though she was flying solo this year, bear 409 has raised four litters of cubs since being first identified as a subadult bear in 1999. After emancipating two cubs in early this year, she was able to keep all of that savory salmon to herself… allowing her to balloon into the bulging bear that captivated audiences online.

This weight gain is a necessity for bears, as it helps them to survive a long winter of hibernation. Over the course of winter hibernation, a bear could lose up to one third of its body mass. In a few short months, they will have to gain it all back. This transformative weight gain was on full display during Fat Bear Week with ‚Äúbefore‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúafter‚ÄĚ comparison photos.

Since 2012, the bears of Brooks River have been visible to audiences around the world on explore.org’s Bear Cams. Through the cams, available at explore.org/bears, viewers are able to watch online as one of the world’s highest concentrations of bears feed on sockeye salmon the Brooks River. The 24-hour stream provides viewers the opportunity to follow the lives and habits of some of these individual bears."

2019:

April 2019:

2019.04.27:  Kam created this artwork of 409 Beadnose, 128 Grazer and 775 Lefty (near to far) inspried by a photo taken in 2018 or prior.

2019 Season:

409 Beadnose was not observed using the Brooks River area during the 2019 season.  This is the first season that 409 has not been observed at Brooks River since initially being classified as a subadult in 1999.

Known Courting & Mating:

2014:

634 Popeye Mating:

409 Beadnose was observed mating with 634 Popeye on June 19, 2014, NPS photos from KNP&P flickr (#1 & #2 ):

2018:

856 Courting:

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."

409 Beadnose was observed being courted by 856 on the morning of June 16, 2018 per Ranger Russ' June 16, 2018 10:35 comment :¬†¬†

"Good morning from Alaska. I'll be here the next half hour should you have any questions. Yes, we do expect to have the bearcams to be running and the Bear Book out by next week.

There were no bear sightings yesterday. This morning 856 was seen pursuing 409. I was not able to make a photograph, but it was confirmed by several people that they were the bears seen."

51 Diver Junior Courting:

51 Diver Junior was observed courting 409 Beadnose on June 28, 2018 or prior.¬† Explore Live Nature Cams video :

Bear 51 Diver Jr Courts 409 Beadnose June 2018 by Explore Live Nature Cams-0

Bear 51 Diver Jr Courts 409 Beadnose June 2018 by Explore Live Nature Cams-0

Known Litters of Cubs:

1st Known Litter, 1 Spring Cub, The Original "Velcro":

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

In 2004, 409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with her 1st known litter of 1 spring cub.  This cub was the original "Velcro".  

2005:  1 Yearling, 1st Known Litter, Described in NPS bear monitoring data as very large yearling.

This yearling is described in NPS bear ID database as "very large" and engaged in long play bouts with 409. 409 and her yearling are seen in this June 25, 2005 photo by Don Abernathy and this July 14, 2005 photo by Mullen Photography.

2nd Known Litter, 3 Spring Cubs, At least 1 female (130 Tundra & Arctic)

2007:  3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter, At least 1 female (130 Tundra  & Arctic)

In 2007, 409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with her 2nd known litter of 3 spring cubs, but soon lost one.  One of the cubs was a female that was later independently identified as 130 Tundra.  Another cub from this litter was known as "Arctic".  "Arctic" was never independently identified as a subadult.  

2008:  2 Remaining Yearlings, 2nd Known Litter

409 Beadnose raised 130 Tundra and "Arctic" through 2008.

2009:  2 2.5 Year-Old Offspring Successfully Emancipated

130 Tundra (female) and "Arctic" were successfully emancipated by 409 Beadnose in 2009.

3rd Known Litter, 3 Spring Cubs, 2 Females (500 Indy & Possibly 717 ) & 1 Male:

2012:  3 Spring Cubs, 3rd Known Litter, 2 Females & 1 Male (500 Indy & Possibly 717 )

In 2012, 409 Beadnose returnd to the Brooks River with her 3rd known litter, 2 females & 1 male spring cub.  The largest and smallest were females.  The middle-sized cub was a male.

2013:  3 Yearlings, 3rd Known Litter, 2 Females & 1 Male

In 2013, 409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings remained as a family group.  The largest and smallest were females.  The middle-sized yearling was a male.

2014:  3 2.5 Year-Old Offspring Successfully Emancipated

In 2014, it is believed that 409 Beadnose successfully emancipated her 3 2.5 year-old offspring.  500 Indy is believed to be the largest of 409's offspring from this litter.  There is speculation that 717 is the female runt from 409 Beadnose's 2012 litter.  

4th Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs, 2 Females (909 blonder & 910 darker)

2016:  2 Spring Cubs, 4th Known Litter, 2 Females (909 & 910 )

In 2016, 409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with her 4th known litter, 2 female spring cubs.  909 is believed to be the blonder female offspring and 910 is believed to be the darker female offspring from this 2016 litter.

2017:  2 Yearlings, 4th Known Litter, 2 Females

In 2017, 409 Beadnose and her 2 female yearlings remained as a family group.  909 is believed to be the blonder female offspring and 910 is believed to be the darker female offspring from this 2016 litter.

2018:  2 2.5 Year-Old Cubs, 4th Known Litter, 2 Females, Successfully Emancipated

In 2018, 409 Beadnose returned to the Brooks River with her 2 female 2.5 year-old cubs on or before May 22, 2018.  These two offspring were successfully emancipated during the 2018 season, initially observed and classified as independent subadults.  909 is believed to be the blonder of these two offspring.  910 is believed to be the darker of these two offspring.

Known Relatives:

Sibling:  408 CC (Crooked Claw)

408 CC (aka Crooked Claw) is believed to be 409 Beadnose's sibling.

Offspring:

2004 Offspring:  "Velcro" (The original "Velcro")

409 Beadnose had 1 spring cub in 2004.  409 Beadnose was observed with this cub latched across her back as she swam across the Brooks River.  This cub was known as "Velcro"....the original Velcro.

2007 Offspring:  130 Tundra & Arctic

130 Tundra and Arctic (individual identification number not known) are believed to be 409 Beadnose's 2007 offspring.

2012 Offspring:  500 Indy & 717 (?)

500 Indy is believed to be the largest offspring from 409 Beadnose's 2012 litter of 3 spring cubs.  The middle sized cub from 409's 2012 litter was a male and the smallest (runt) was a female.  There is speculation that 717 is the female "runt" from 409 Beadnose's 2012 litter.

2016:¬† Offspring:¬† 909 & 910 :

909 (blonder) and 910 (darker) are believed to be the two female offspring from 409 Beadnose's 2016 litter.

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2005 or 2006:  Hair Samples Obtained by Wildlife Biologist, Tamara Olson

2016:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

409 Beadnose was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2016.

409 Beadnose is darted for the Genetics Study 2016 KNP&P video-0

409 Beadnose is darted for the Genetics Study 2016 KNP&P video-0

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.

2017:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

409 Beadnose was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2017.





NEED TO INCORPORATE THE BELOW INFORMATION IN THE PROPER SECTIONS ABOVE: NEED TO INCLUDE: 409 BEADNOSE AND 408 CC (CROOKED CLAW) PHOTO BY MIKE FITZ.  MIKE POSTED 2018.03.13 18:52.  COMMENT LINK: MIKE FITZ 2018.03.13 18:52 COMMENT     PHOTO LINK:  409 BEADNOSE (NEAR) w 408 CC (FAR)  ADDITIONAL INFO re PHOTO & 408 / 409 IN THESE MIKE FITZ COMMENTS:  LINK TO ADD'L INFO COMMENTS Adult female bear

ID Marks and Hints:

409 is a large adult female bear. In the summer, she often appears to have a medium brown to gray coat as she sheds her winter fur. However, her ears are blonde tipped. With brown claws, she often transforms into a medium to dark brown bear by fall. Her ears, however, remain with their blonde tips, which is an easy identifier for this ear. 409 also has an upturned nose which appears to be "beaded" at the tip and lends itself to her nickname of "Beadnose"

Life History:

409 was first identified as a subadult in 2009 and is widely believed to be a sibling of female Bear #408. Often times, especially in the fall, 409 and 408 would often be confused with one another. When not caring for cubs, 409 tends to be one of the fattest bears during the fall along the Brooks River. During the summer months, 409 becomes the poster bear for the iconic shot of a bear catching a fish in its mouth on the lip of Brooks Falls.

409 is a master lip fisher and can be seen standing atop the falls with her signature move of lifting her right front paw up while she's awaiting the jumping salmon. When the salmon jump, she uses her powerful jaw to snatch the fish, but also her right front paw to help hold the fish in her mouth. It almost seems as though 409 can get "frustrated" or "impatient" at times when unsuccessfully fishing the lip as she will use that raised right front paw to "slap" at the water.

During the fall months, and when she is caring for cubs, she is often seen down in the Lower River near the mouth of Brooks River where it flows into Naknek Lake, or walking along the Spit.

409 has had 4 known litters of cubs (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2016) that have produced a known total of 9 cubs. She is believed to be the mother of Bear #130 Tundra (2007 litter) and Bear #500 Indy (2012 litter).

In 2015, 409 won the Fat Bear Tuesday contest judged by bear cam viewers to be the fattest bear of the season.

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