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TATONKA 45 PIC 2012.07.xx 2017 BoBr FOR WIKI PROFILE

45 Tatonka July 2012 NPS photo Bears of Brooks River books

Adult Male

Year First Identified:  2007 as a young adult

Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Darting Attempts:  There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 45 Tatonka by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016 and 2017.




Identification:

2014 Bears of Brooks River book:  45 is an adult male with a medium brown coat. He is most recognizable by his sloping body shape, which gives him the appearance of having shorter hind legs than most bears. He also has a distinct face, characterized by closely spaced eyes and a short, upturned muzzle.

2015 Bears of Brooks River book:  45 is an adult male with a medium-brown coat. In early July, he is most recognizable by his sloping body shape, which gives him the appearance of having shorter hind legs than most bears. He also has a distinct face, characterized by closely spaced eyes, oval shaped ears, and a long, pointed muzzle.

2016 & 2017 Bears of Brooks River book:  45 is an adult male with a medium brown coat. In early July, he is most recognizable by his sloping body shape, which gives him the appearance of having shorter hind legs than most bears. He also has a distinct face, characterized by closely spaced eyes and oval shaped ears. His muzzle is long and pointed with a semidistinctive dark band or scar running across it.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook & 2014 Bears of Brooks River book:  First observed as an adult in 2007, #45 is a regular visitor to Brooks Falls during July, but he has never been seen in the fall.  He is usually seen moving back and forth between the falls and the riffles, and his behavior suggests that he is intolerant of bear viewers and anglers.

2015 Bears of Brooks River book:  First observed as an adult in 2007, 45 was a regular visitor to Brooks Falls during July. Now he may have shifted his use of the river more towards the fall months. He has not been seen at Brooks River in July since 2012, but has been seen in September or October. He is usually seen moving slowly back and forth between the falls and the riffles, and his behavior suggests that he is intolerant of bear viewers and anglers.

2016 Bears of Brooks River book:  First observed as an adult in 2007, #45 was a regular visitor to Brooks Falls during July. Now he may have shifted his use of the river more towards the fall months. He has not been seen at Brooks River in July since 2012, but has been seen in September or October. He is usually seen moving slowly back and forth between the falls and the riffles, and his behavior suggests that he is intolerant of bear viewers and anglers. He was not seen in 2015.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book:  First observed as an adult in 2007, 45 was a regular visitor to Brooks Falls during July. Now he may have shifted his use of the river more towards the fall months. He has not been seen at Brooks River in July since 2012, but has been seen in September or October. He is usually seen moving slowly back and forth between the falls and the riffles, and his behavior suggests that he is intolerant of bear viewers and anglers. He was not seen in 2015 or 2016.

Life History:

2007:

45 Tatonka was initially classified as a young adult in 2007.

2008:

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2010:

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2011:

July 2011:

2012:

45 Tatonka was included in the adult males section of the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp ibook :

July 2012:

2013:

45 was not observed during official bear monitoring sessions in July 2013, but was observed in September and October 2013.

2014:

45 Tatonka was included in the adult males section of the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 14:

45 was not observed during official bear monitoring sessions in July 2014, but was observed in September and October 2014.

September 2014:

October 2014:

45 was observed in October 2014 during official bear monitoring sessions.

2015:

45 Tatonka was included in the adult males section of the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 51:

45 Tatonka was not observed during official bear monitoring sessions in 2015.

2016:

45 Tatonka was included in the adult males section of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 60:

45 Tatonka was not observed during official bear monitoring sessions in 2016.

2017:

45 Tatonka was included in the adult males section of the 2017 Bears of Brooks Rivr book on page 64:

2018:

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Relatives:

None known at this time

Darting Attempts:

2016:

There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 45 Tatonka by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016 for the genetics study.

2017:

There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 45 Tatonka by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2017 for the genetics study.




A special thank you to StMango for providing the individual NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook, and to Xander-Sage for creating the gif from the NPS photos!  

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