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SARA 477 PIC 2015.07.xx NPS PHOTO ZOOM FOR WIKI PROFILE

477 Sara July 2015 NPS photo (zoom)

Adult Female

Year First Identified:  2001 as an adult

Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Known Litters of Cubs:  4 (per page 50 of 2016 Bears of Brooks River book )

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:   477 Sara was successfully darted in 2005 and 2006 by former wildlife biologist Tamara Olson.  There have been no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) of 477 Sara in 2016 or 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.


Identification:

In 2010, the bear monitor prior to Ranger Leslie described 477 Sara as medium-sized adult female with thin muzzle, lower lip droop, a light coat with blonde highlights, large blonde ears, white claws and a collar.

In 2011, the bear monitor prior to Ranger Leslie described 477 Sara as a light brown adult female with light neck markings, long narrow muzzle, and large blonde ears.   477 Sara is a medium-sized adult female bear with light colored, and oval shaped ears.  She has long, distinctive claws, nine are very white and the 4th claw on her left front paw if dark .  In July, her coat is liight brown or dark blonde.  In the fall, her coat is more uniformly brown.  She has a long, straight snout and a droopy lower lip.  

Distinctive Behaviors:

In July, in the years she is observed, she will fish at the riffles and the cut bank.  During the fall, in the years she is observd, she fishes the upper Brooks River near the outlet of Lake Brooks and the cut bank, perhaps to avoid the presence of groups of people.  She does not appear to consistently tolerate people in the river.  

Life History:

Since 2001, 477 Sara has sporadically visited Brooks River.  Some years she uses the river in July and in the fall.  In other years, she is only seen in one season, but not the other or not at all.  

2001:

477 Sara was first identified as an adult female in 2001.

2002:

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2003:

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2004:

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2005:

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2006:

477 Sara was observed in both July and fall of 2006.  She was also caring for offspring that year.

July 2006:

July 2006 NPS photos of 477 Sara from the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book, page 54.:

2006.07.02:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2006.07.03:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2006.07.05:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2006.07.06:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2006.07.09:  NPS photo labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2006.07.13:  Nichole captured these photos of 477 Sara and her three 2.5 year-old cubs:  #1 (the three 2.5 year-old 477 offspring only) , #2 (477 Sara may be the bear in front of the 2.5 year-olds) , #3 (477 Sara with her three 2.5 year-olds) .

2006.07.14:  Nichole captured this photo of 477 Sara with her three 2.5 year-old cubs.

September 2006:

September  2006 NPS photos of 477 Sara from the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book, page 54.:

2006.09.11:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2006.09.15:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2007:

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2008:

477 Sara returned to the Brooks River area with 3 spring cubs. 

2009:

477 Sara had 3 yearlings.   

2010:

2010 Season:

477 Sara successfully emancipated her 3 offspring from her 2008 litter.  These offspring were identified as independent 2.5 year-old subadults and assigned bear identification numbers 251, 253 , and female 261 .   

July 2010:

September 2010:

2010.09.11:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2010.09.12:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2011:

477 Sara was observed in 2011.  See information in "Identification" section above.

2012:

July 2012:

2012.07.09:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2012.07.15:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2012.07.20:  NPS photos labeled as 477 Sara from KNP&P bear monitoring files :

2013:

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2014:

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2015:

June 2015:

2015.06.28:  Cam viewer Marie G shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 477 Sara.:

July 2015:

2015.07.18:  Park visitor Kenneth Kearney captured this close-up photo of 477 Sara's claws.  Note the dark 4th claw on the left front paw.  Kenneth Kearney also captured these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 477 Sara where the dark 4th claw on the left front paw can also be seen.

2016:

477 Sara appears in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 50 :

2016 Season:

477 Sara was not observed during official bear monitoring sessions in 2016 according to the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book; she also does not appear on the 2016 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List .

2017:

477 Sara appears in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 54:

2017 Season:

477 does not appear on the unofficial July 2017 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List or the unofficial Fall 2017 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List . Bob Gjestvang captured this photo of 477 Sara on August 17, 2017 or prior. Cam viewer olddude shared this 2017 or 2018 snapshot  of 477 Sara on 4/15/2020.

July 2017:

2017.07.05:  reweaver33 captured this photo of 477 Sara.   2017.07.10:  Park visitor and cam viewer Cheekyjoy captured this photo of 477 Sara from the riffles platform during their trip to Brooks Camp.:

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2017.07.09:  Volunteer in Park and cam viewer, Anna-Marie AZ captured these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 477 Sara.:

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

2017.07.11: This 07/11/2017 video by Brenda D shows 477 Sara fishing at Brooks Falls.
07.11

07.11.2017 - 477 Sara video by Brenda D

On March 16, 2018, cam viewer Mazey commented and shared this snip she captured from Brenda D's above video to demonstrate the correct ID of 477 Sara.  At 4:29 into Brenda D's video 477 Sara's dark 4th claw on her left front paw is visible.:

2017.07.13:  Ranger Anela's photo of 477 Sara 

August 2017:

2017.08.13:  Brenda D's video of 477 Sara (?) coming up the near riffles.:

08.13

08.13.2017 - 477 Sara Comes Up from the Riffles by Brenda D

2018:

2018 Season:

JG shared these 2018 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 taken July 22, 2018 &#7 ) of 477 Sara.:

July 2018:

477 Sara was observed 3 or more times during official bear monitoring sessions during July 2018 per Ranger Russ Taylor's September 14, 2018 13:12 comment that included Ranger Tammy Carmack's official July 2018 bear monitoring session list of bear observed.:

2018.07.22:  477 Sara gif by Cruiser in which you can see 477's very white claws.

Cam viewer mckate captured this video of 477 Sara.  477 Sara's dark 4th claw on her left front paw can be seen at approximately 1:58 into mckate's video.:

22 Jul 2018 477 Sara Catches Her Breath by mckate

22 Jul 2018 477 Sara Catches Her Breath by mckate

Lani H created this video .:

Close up of 477 Sara laying on the river bank 7 22 2018 by Lani H

Close up of 477 Sara laying on the river bank 7 22 2018 by Lani H

JG shared this July 22, 2018 snapshot of 477 Sara:

2019:

July 2019:

2019.07.06:  477 Sara was only seen once on the web cams in 2019. In this 7/6/2019 video by Lani H, 477 is briefly observed walking up the riffles. Her white claws can be seen when she places her left front foot on the fallen limb at 0:37.

477 Sara in the riffles 7 6 2019, video by Lani H

477 Sara in the riffles 7 6 2019, video by Lani H

2020:  Adult Female

July 2020:

2020.07.04:  477 Sara was first seen in 2020 on 7/4. She was briefly observed in the riffles, video by Lani H. Her noticeable white claws can be seen.

477 Sara in the riffles 7 4 2020, video by Lani H

477 Sara in the riffles 7 4 2020, video by Lani H

Can viewer snapshots #1, #2 and #3.

2020.07.05:  477 Sara in the riffles, 7/5/2020 video by Lani H. 

477 Sara in the riffles 7 5 2020, video by Lani H

477 Sara in the riffles 7 5 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.08:  477 Sara is again seen in the riffles on 7/8/2020, video by Lani H.

477 Sara in the riffles 7 8 2020, video by Lani H

477 Sara in the riffles 7 8 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.09:  FrogsOn captured this July 9, 2020 snapshot of 477 Sara in the riffles. Her white claws are visible.

2020.07.10:  Close up of 477 Sara eating in the riffles, 7/10/2020 video by Lani H.

Close up of 477 Sara eating in the riffles 7 10 2020, video by Lani H

Close up of 477 Sara eating in the riffles 7 10 2020, video by Lani H

2020.07.13:  Cam viewers shared 7/13/2020 snapshots of 477 Sara eating her fish in the riffles, #1, #2 and #3.

2020.07.15:  821 scares 477 Sara in the riffles, 7/15/2020 video by Lani H.

821 scares 477 Sara in the riffles 7 15 2020, video by Lani H

821 scares 477 Sara in the riffles 7 15 2020, video by Lani H.

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Known Litters of Cubs:

477 Sara has had 4 known litters of cubs per page 50 of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book.  Those litters include:

2006:

3 cubs, see NPS photos in 477 Sara album on Ranger Jeanne's flickr,  I (LTC) believe these 3 cubs were yearlings in 2006 and that all 3 yearlings were sired by 219 One-Toe (aka 492) ,  

2008:  3 Spring Cubs (251, 253, & female 261)

3 Spring Cubs, all 3 were later identified in 2010 as independent 2.5 year-old subadults and given the following identification numbers:  251, 253 , and female 261 .  Could 911 be 253?  In 2018 there was speculation that 911 could possibly be 253.  Additional photos of 253 as a subadult can be see in this September 29, 2017 Injured Nose Bears blog by Mike Fitz, former KNP&P ranger.  

Known Relatives:

Mother:  Not Known

Offspring:

2006 Yearlings:  477 Sarah's Three 2006 Yearlings Were Sired by 219 One-Toe (aka 492)

Ranger Jeanne's July 16, 2018 18:42 comment re: 219 One-Toe (aka 492) was identified as the father of 3 yearlings attributed to 477 Sarah

2008 Offspring:  251, 253, & 261

477 Sara's offspring from her 2008 litter are 251, 253 , and 261 .

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2005:  Successfully Darted by Wildlife Biologist, Tamara Olson

477 Sara was successfully darted by former KNP&P Wildlife Biologist, Tamara Olson in 2005.

2006:  Successfully Darted by Wildlife Biologist, Tamara Olson

477 Sara was successfully darted by former KNP&P Wildlife Biologist, Tamara Olson in 2006.

2016:  None, Successful or Unsuccessful

There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) in 2016 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.

2017:  None, Successful or Unsuccessful

There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) in 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.

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