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OTIS 480 PIC 2018.09.30 NPS PHOTO RUSS TAYLOR 04 ZOOM

480 Otis September 30, 2018 NPS photo by Ranger Russ Taylor

Adult Male ~ Master of Patience and Efficiency

Year First Identified:  2001 as an older subadult or young adult

Offspring Of:  Not known

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  480 Otis was successfully darted in 2006 by former wildlife biologist Tamara Olson.  On October 5, 2016, Ranger Michael Saxton made an attempt to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to 480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting. 480 Otis was possibly successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton on October 7, 2018.


Identification:

2010 Bears of Brooks River book & 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:  480 has a dark blonde coat, tan tipped claws, and some scars on both sides of his neck. His ears are wide set and his right ear is floppy. His muzzle is long, straight, and narrow.  In the fall months, his body is walrus-shaped and he has a relatively thick, wrinkled neck.

2014 Bears of Brooks River book:   Same information as above in 2010 & 2012 editions, with the following additional information:

In 2013 he had a prominent scar above his right eye.

2015 - 2016 Bears of Brooks River books:  In early summer, 480 has a medium to dark blond coat which darkens to brown with blonder patches in the fall. He has tan tipped claws, and some scars on both sides of his neck. His ears are wide set and his right ear is floppy. His muzzle is long, straight, and narrow. He also has a prominent scar above his right eye. In the fall months, his body is fat and walrus-shaped with a relatively thick, wrinkled neck.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book:  Same information as above in the 2015 & 2016 editions, with the following additional information.:

In 2016, 480 returned to Brooks River missing two canine teeth.

Meet 480 Otis video by Mike Fitz:  

Meet 480 Otis - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore

Meet 480 Otis - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org

Distinctive Behaviors:

2010 Bears of Brooks River book & 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:  480, along with 218, uses some of the most efficient fishing techniques at the falls.  He prefers the jacuzzi, but unlike many other bears, he is often tolerant of numerous other bears around him while he eats.  These bears wait patiently for him to finish and eat any leftover scraps.

In September, he is one of the few bears that can successfully fish at Brooks Falls.  Late in the season, he is often seen fishing the far pool.

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:  Additional information provided in the 2012 edition:

Despite the fact that 480 is neither as large nor aggressive as other male bears, during July 2011 he was rarely displaced from his preferred fishing spot in the jacuzzi.  Even 856, arguably the most aggressive bear in 2011, rarely attempted to challenge 480 for this prime location.  In September, 856 and other bears seemed less tolerant of him and / or more willing to challenge him over positions at Brooks Falls.  This pattern contunued in July 2012, and larger bears regularly displaced him from the jacuzzi.

2014 Bears of Brooks River book:  480 was first classified as an older subadult bear in 2001. He, along with #218, uses some of the most efficient fishing techniques at the falls.  He prefers the jacuzzi, but unlike many other bears, he is often tolerant of numerous other bears around him while he eats. These bears wait patiently for him to finish and eat any leftover scraps.

In recent years he is one of the few bears that can successfully fish at Brooks Falls in September. Late in the season, he is often seen fishing the far pool.

Despite the fact that #480 is neither as large nor aggressive as other male bears, he was rarely displaced from his preferred fishing spot in the jacuzzi. However in recent years, other mature males have surpassed him in size. As a result, 480 has slipped down the bear hierarchy. Bears like 747 and 856 will now regularly displace him from his preferred fishing spots.

2015 - 2016 Bears of Brooks River books:  He, along with 218, uses some of the most efficient fishing techniques at the falls. He prefers the jacuzzi, but unlike many other bears, he is often tolerant of numerous other bears around him while he eats. These bears wait patiently for him to finish and eat any leftover scraps. 

Despite the fact that 480 is neither as large nor aggressive as other male bears, he was rarely displaced from his preferred fishing spot in the jacuzzi from 2005-2011. However in recent years, other mature males have surpassed him in size. As a result, 480 has slipped down the bear hierarchy. Bears like 747 and 856 will now regularly displace him from his preferred fishing spots and 814 will steal fish from him.

He is one of the few bears that can successfully fish at Brooks Falls in September. Late in the season, he is often seen fishing in the far pool. 480 may be one of the older bears along the river, but he was once a more playful bear. In 2003, for instance, he was observed playing with many bears including 489 and 634.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book:  Additional information provided in the 2017 edition of the book:

In 2016, 480 returned to Brooks River missing two canine teeth.  The injury somewhat inhibited his ability to “high-grade”–to pick out the fattiest parts of the salmon (skin, brain, and roe)–but did not stop him from putting on the necessary weight for winter survival. An experienced brown bear, missing teeth are just one more obstacle 480 has overcome to survive another year. 

2018 Bears of Brooks River book:  480 Otis is missing two canine teeth. The injury appears to inhibit his ability to “high-grade”–to pick out the fattiest parts of the salmon (skin, brain, and roe)–but did not stop him from putting on the necessary weight for winter survival. An experienced brown bear, missing teeth are just one more obstacle 480 has overcome to survive year after year.

Life History:

480 Otis is believed to be the oldest male bear (boar) to regularly using the falls, he faces many challenges one of which is missing teeth. He is missing two canine teeth one on the upper jaw and one on the lower jaw on the opposite side. When you watch him eat fish you can see he does so with a little more difficulty than other bears.

480 Otis is currently not known to have any offspring that use the river,  In 2006-7 a DNA study was done by collecting hair and tissue samples and no known offspring of Otis were found. A new DNA study is underway at Brooks River and we may find out if he in fact does have offspring that use the river.

480 Otis has won the Fat Bear contest three years 2014, 2016 , and 2017 ,

2001:

480 Otis was initially identified as an older subadult or young adult.  If that estimate of his age was correct, he would have been 5.5 or 6.5 years old in 2001.

2002:

September 2002:

480 Otis in September 2002 NPS photo provided by Ranger Mike Fitz :

October 2002:

2003:

2003 Season:

In 2003, 480 Otis was observed playing with many bears, including 489 Ted and 634 Popeye .

2006:  Adult Male

July 2006:

2007:  Adult Male

September 2007:

2007.09.15:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

2009:  Adult Male

2009 Season:

2009.??.??:  480 Otis displaces 747 from the jacuzzi gif from 2018 Bearcam Stories: The Elders of Brooks River Explore Medium blog by Mike FItz.:

July 2009:

2009.07.14:  Ranger Roy Wood's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

September 2009:

2009.09.17:  Ranger Roy Wood's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery . 2009.09.19:  Ranger Roy Wood's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

2010:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2010 Bears of Brooks River book on page 18.:

July 2010:

October 2010:

2012:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:

2012 & Early 2013 Seasons:

Kara Stenbrg shared 2012 photos of 480 Otis with information about his between end of season 2012 and early season 2013 right ear and right forehead scar injuries.

July 2012:

2012.07:26 or PRIOR: 480 Otis in seen in a video that was uploaded on 7/26/2012 by J. Scott Parker. 480 can be viewed at 0:42-0:57 standing below the falls, 1:04-1:20, 2:12 in front of 747, 2:36-2:51, and 3:33 in the foreground. Mike Fitz confirmed the ID on 1/26/2020.

The Real Bears of Katmai National Park, video by J

The Real Bears of Katmai National Park, video by J. Scott Parker, uploaded on 7 26 2012

2013:  Adult Male

2013 Season:

2013.??.??:  Kara Stenbrg shared 2013 photos of 480 Otis with information about his between end of season 2012 and early season 2013 right ear and right forehead scar injuries.

2013.??.??:  Leslie Bodily Photography captured this photo of 480 Otis in 2013 with his fresh forehead wound and his newly floppy right ear.

July 2013:

2013.07.??:  Leslie Ford Photography captured this photograph of 480 Otis with his fresh forehead wound.

2013.07.10:  SandyK29's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

2013.07.14:  480 Otis with his fresh forehead wound photograph by KNP&P Ranger Aaron Camire.:

2013.07.18:  Holly Sweet captured this photograph of 480 Otis during her trip to Brooks Camp (p 01/26/2020 06:36 ).  Holly also captured this photograph of 480 Otis (p 04//05/2017 16:52 ).  Holly has a special "Sad Bear " connection to 480 Otis..

Please request Holly Sweet's permission prior to using her 480 Otis photographs!

2013.07.20:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

2013.07.21:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 480 Otis (left) with 634 Popeye (right) that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

September 2013:

2013.09.30:  Juergen's gif of 480 Otis

2014:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 22.:

July 2014:

2014.??.??:  Greenninjacom captured this close-up video of 480 Otis patiently fishing along the wall in July 2014.:
Brown Bear "Otis", At Katmai National Park, July 2014 by greenninjacom

Brown Bear "Otis", At Katmai National Park, July 2014 by greenninjacom

2014.07.??:  480 Otis is seen fishing in his office in this July 2014 video by HermosaPaul.

Browns Bears of Katmai National Park, Alaska

Browns Bears of Katmai National Park, Alaska. Catches fish, July 2014 video by HermosaPaul

2014.07.02:  NPS photo of 480 Otis:

2014.07.05:  NPS photo of 480 Otis:

2014.07.12:  NPS photo of 480 Otis:

2014.07.16:  480 Otis falling asleep video by JB Grace.:

Otis falling asleep July 16, 2014 by JB Grace

Otis falling asleep July 16, 2014 by JB Grace

2014.07.23:  NPS photos of 480 Otis:

2014.07.27:  480 Otis and 747 don't want to share the jacuzzi video by HDOnTap.:

Brooks Camp Falls 14 27 07 by HDOnTaP

Brooks Camp Falls 14 27 07 by HDOnTaP

September 2014:

2014.09.01:  NPS photo of 480 Otis:2014.09.12:  NPS photos of 480 Otis: 2014.09.20:  BP Bear Lover's snapshot of 480 Otis (BP Bear Lover previously added to 480's wiki page on October 7, 2014 ).  BP Bear Lover's snapshot of 480 Otis in his office (BP Bear Lover previously added to 480's wiki page on October 7, 2014 ).:

2014.09.22:  NPS photo of 480 Otis:

October 2014:

2014.10.02:  480 Otis loves to eat video by DTB.  Please turn up the volume for the full impact of DTB's sense of humor!.:

Otis Loves to Eat 2 October 2014 by DTB (turn the sound up on this one!)

Otis Loves to Eat 2 October 2014 by DTB (turn the sound up on this one!)

2014.10.07:  480 Otis has the hiccups video by DTB:

7 October 2014 Otis Hiccups video by DTB

7 October 2014 Otis Hiccups video by DTB

BP Bear Lover's snapshot of 480 Otis (BP Bear Lover previously added to 480's wiki page on October 7, 2014 ).:


2014.10.08:  Zen Otis.  Too Much Loved Katmai Brown Bear video by DTB.

Zen Otis

Zen Otis. Too Much Loved Katmai Brown Bear October 8, 2014 video by DTB

2014.10.12:  Cam viewer, Juergen captured the following gifs of 480 Otis :

480 Otis and 83 Wayne Brother fishing in close proximity in the lower river gif by Juergen

480 Otis finds a fish near the shore gif by Juergen

480 Otis walks on land gif by Juergen

2015:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 61.  480 also appears on page 3, How to Use this Book.  480 Otis is the star of page 7, Let's Get Fat.  Information about 480 Otis can also be found on 415's page, page 85.  

2015 Season:

2015.??.??:  NSBoak shared these snapshots of 480 Otis from the 2015 season.  (Previously added to 480 wiki page by Lani H #1 , #2 & #3 on October 27, 2016).:

2015.??.??:  747 displaces 480 Otis from the jacuzzi gif from 2018 Bearcam Stories: The Elders of Brooks River :

2015.??.??:  480 Otis "talking" to 747 video by Rockatte.  "480 Otis is sick and tired of 747 taking his fishing spot in the jacuzzi. So he fights back by....muttering. ":

480 Otis talking to 747 2015 Season by Rockatte

480 Otis talking to 747 2015 Season by Rockatte

June 2015:

2015.06.26:  The Brooks River Tattle-er June 26, 2015 edition by MChez with 480 Otis news.:

July 2015:

2015.07.10:  480 Otis made his season debut at Brooks Falls on 7/10 2015, video by Gizmo. He can be seen in the far pool farthest to the left.

480 Otis Returns to Brooks Falls, Katmai Nat'l Park, AK ~ 7.10

480 Otis Returns to Brooks Falls, Katmai Nat'l Park, AK ~ 7.10.2015, video by Gizmo

2015.07.12:  Volunteer in Park Anna-Marie AZ captured this photo of 480 Otis (far, right) with 410 (near, left).:

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

Nancy Clark captured 7/12/2015 video of 480 Otis (left) 32 Chunk (near) and 814 Lurch (far) on 7/12/2015.

Bandicam 2015 07 12 09 28 29 922, video by Nancy Clark

Bandicam 2015 07 12 09 28 29 922, video by Nancy Clark

2015.07.14:  Volunteer in Park Anna-Marie AZ captured these photos (#1 480 near with 410 far , #2 480 far with 410 near 01  & #3 480 far with 410 near 02 ) of 480 Otis with 410.:

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2015.07.15:  Cam viewer Gizmo describes this 7/18/2015 video of 480 Otis. "480 Otis, normally a peace loving fellow, got testy a few times with some of the more annoying or pushy bears... here with 755 Lefty and 747."

Brooks Bear 480 gets his macho on ~ 7.18

Brooks Bear 480 gets his macho on ~ 7.18.2015, video by 12gizmo16

2015.07.18:  480 Otis' interactions with 775 Lefty and 747 video .:

Brooks Bear 480 gets his macho on ~ 7.18

Brooks Bear 480 gets his macho on ~ 7.18.15-1

2015.07.22:  Near 32:30 of this 7/22/2015 live chat video , Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike talk about whether Otis was ever dominant. Discussion about reading bear behavior to determine the "winner" of a challenge between bears begins near 25:05.

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike Talk About Bear Dominance - Live Chat July 22, 2015-2

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike Talk About Bear Dominance - Live Chat July 22, 2015-2

September 2015:

2016.09.16:  480 Otis walks and eats his way up the Brooks River video by Mickey Williams.:
Otis walks and eats his way up Brooks River 9 16 2015 by Mickey Williams

Otis walks and eats his way up Brooks River 9 16 2015 by Mickey Williams

2015.09.23:  480 Otis is seen quite a bit in the lower river during this play-by-play with Ranger Mike and Ranger Roy.  480 Otis is the bear that can be seen at the very beginning of this video, but is also the star in other parts of the play-by-play.

Ranger Mike And Ranger Roy - Katmai National Park - Play By Play September 23, 2015-0

Ranger Mike And Ranger Roy - Katmai National Park - Play By Play September 23, 2015-0

October 2015:

2015.10.01:  Mickey Williams catches 480 out of the river video :

Otis on the Island 10 1 15 Katmai NP by Mickey Williams

Otis on the Island 10 1 15 Katmai NP by Mickey Williams

2015.10.09:  480 Otis fishing at the falls video by JBirdyHome.  JBirdyHome shared these thoughts with the video.:

"An usual activity for Otis who is usually spotted sitting in "the office" (the far end of the falls, under the hanging foliage) gazing patiently at the water for hours. But here he is meandering through the water. Perhaps the water level and force of the falls is too high and rough to fish and he chooses to inspect calmer waters."

Katmai Park Brooks Falls Otis - 480 Fishes Brooks Falls 10 9 15 by JBirdyHome

Katmai Park Brooks Falls Otis - 480 Fishes Brooks Falls 10 9 15 by JBirdyHome

2016:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 72.:

2016 Season:

In 2016, 480 returned to Brooks River missing two canine teeth.  The injury somewhat inhibited his ability to “high-grade”–to pick out the fattiest parts of the salmon (skin, brain, and roe)–but did not stop him from putting on the necessary weight for winter survival. An experienced brown bear, missing teeth are just one more obstacle 480 has overcome to survive another year. 

2016.??.??:  Cam viewer's 2016 season snapshot of 480 Otis.  #1 Lani H previously added to 480's wiki page on October 27, 2016 .  #2 480 Otis swats a salmon ~ BBWonderdogs previously added to 480's wiki page on October 27, 2016 .   #3 BBWonderdogs previously added to 480's wiki page on October 27, 2016 .  GreenRiver captured this Fall 2016 snapshot of 480 Otis (left) with 151 Walker (right) (p 01/26/2020 06:01 ).  Olddude shared this 2016 season snapshot of 480 (p 01/26/2020 07:08 ).:

2016.??.??:  GreenRiver created this video from 2016 season 480 Otis snapshots.  GreenRiver commented :  :"In 2016, I remember getting upset with 747 because he wouldn’t leave Otis alone. But he wasn’t the only one!"

Back off, Dudes! by GreenRiver (2016 Season)

Back off, Dudes! by GreenRiver (2016 Season)


June 2016:

2016.06.30:  At approximately 10:00 AKDT, 480 Otis returned to the Brooks River for the 2016 season.  Mickey Williams captured these three videos:

Part 1 video by Mickey Williams:

10;00am 063016 480 Otis's Return Part 1 to the jacuzzi Katmai National Park by Mickey Williams

10;00am 063016 480 Otis's Return Part 1 to the jacuzzi Katmai National Park by Mickey Williams

Part 2 video by Mickey Williams:
10;??am 063016 0tis in the jacuzzi Part 2 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

10;??am 063016 0tis in the jacuzzi Part 2 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

Part 3 video by Mickey Williams (approximately 11:18 AKDT):
11;18am 063016 Otis 480 Returns Part 3 checks out the office with 410 Katmai by Mickey Williams

11;18am 063016 Otis 480 Returns Part 3 checks out the office with 410 Katmai by Mickey Williams

The Brooks River Tattle-er June 30, 2016 edition (#1  & #2 ) by MChez.:

July 2016:

2016.07.??:  480 Otis photo by Mocha (previously added to 480 Otis' wiki page by Lani H on October 27, 2016 ).

2016.07.01:  Juergen's gif of 480 Otis. 2016.07.03:  480 Otis and 410 in the far pool video by Mickey Williams:

07 03 2016 410 Queen and 480 Otis King of Brooks River Katmai NPP by Mickey Williams

07 03 2016 410 Queen and 480 Otis King of Brooks River Katmai NPP by Mickey Williams

480 Otis chillin in the office video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

Chill out (Music) fishing with 480 Otis Close up 2016-07-03 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Chill out (Music) fishing with 480 Otis Close up 2016-07-03 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.07.03:  480 Otis and 32 Chunk gif created by Juergen ♥:

(Wiki wouldn't permit the gif to be loaded in a gallery, file may be too large ~ 2020.01.26 LTC)

410 (near) with 480 Otis (far) video by Mickey Williams.:

07316 410 Queen and 480 Otis King of Brooks River Katmai NPP by Mickey Williams

07316 410 Queen and 480 Otis King of Brooks River Katmai NPP by Mickey Williams

2016.07.06: 

480 Otis slowly eats his fish video by Mike Fitz:

Bear 480 Otis slowly eats his fish July 6, 2016 video by Mike Fitz

Bear 480 Otis slowly eats his fish July 6, 2016 video by Mike Fitz

480 Otis needs a nap video by Brenda D:

07.06

07.06.2016 - 480 Otis needs a nap video by Brenda D

2016.07.07:  

480 Otis running video by Martina:

2016 07 07 BF 480 Otis running?! video by Martina

2016 07 07 BF 480 Otis running?! video by Martina

480 Otis running video by Cheryl Burnside:
2016 07 07 13 07 50 Bear Otis 480 showing how it's done by Cheryl Burnside

2016 07 07 13 07 50 Bear Otis 480 showing how it's done by Cheryl Burnside

480 Otis running video by Brenda D:

07.07

07.07.2016 - 480 Otis RUNNING video by Brenda D

2016.07.08:  480 Otis briefly stands on the lip of Brooks Falls video by Mickey Williams:
4 59pm 07.08

4 59pm 07.08.2016 Otis 480 briefly stands on the lip by Mickey Williams

2016.07.10:  634 Popeye (near the island) and 480 Otis (near the jacuzzi) both have their own fish when this video by Rob Rager begins.  634 Popeye high grades his fish and then steals the rest of 480 Otis' fish from him.  Be sure to turn your sound up to hear 480 Otis vocalizing his displeasure with being forced to share.  480 Otis being the accomplished fisher bear that he is returns to the jacuzzi to fish again.:

Popeye Steals From Otis July 10, 2016 by Rob Rager-0

Popeye Steals From Otis July 10, 2016 by Rob Rager-0

2016.07.13:

11:10:  480 Otis fighting sleep video by Mickey Williams:

11 10 am 07.13

11 10 am 07.13.2016 480 OTIS fighting sleep video by Mickey Williams

2016.07.15:  480 Otis showing his cowboy walk video by st mango.  Is the other bear 274 Overflow or the bear known as NOT274 (aka 801 or 68)?:

480 Otis showing his cowboy walk 2016 07 15 16 18 46 597 by st mango

480 Otis showing his cowboy walk 2016 07 15 16 18 46 597 by st mango

2016.07.16 - 2016.07.21:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 480 Otis (p 08/30/16 08:24).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 480 Otis (p 09/02/16 16:54).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 480 Otis (right) with 801 (left) (p 08/31/16 07:43).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 480 Otis (p 09/06/16 17:02).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 634 Popeye (p 08/30/16 14:51).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 634 Popeye (front) with 480 Otis (back) (p 09/07/16 18:47).  Truman captured this photograph of 634 Popeye (near) with 480 Otis (far) (p 10/28/2019 17:43 ).  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 480 Otis (p 10/08/2016 18:54 ).:Truman Everts shared this 7/18/2016 photo of 480 Otis in chat on 3/26/2020 and this 7/16/2016 photo of Otis on 3/26/20. Truman Everts shared this 7/17/2016 photo of 480 Otis in chat on 5/7/2020.

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2016.07.17:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 480 Otis (p 08/30/16 15:20).:

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

2016.07.19:  GreenRiver captured this snapshot of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 05:31 ).:

EricsXtremeVideo filmed 480 at Brooks Falls on 7/19/2016. 801 is the very scarred bear in the opening scene.This video only shows 2 male bears at the falls, 480 and 801. The blonde sow seen downriver appears to be 261. 273 and her yearling 809 are seen on the beach at 5:42.

Brooks Falls at Katmai - July 19th 2016 - Bald Mountain Air, video by EricsXtremeVideo

Brooks Falls at Katmai - July 19th 2016 - Bald Mountain Air, video by EricsXtremeVideo

2016.07.24:  480 Otis and the raven video by Martina:

2016 07 24 01 480 Otis and the raven by Martina

2016 07 24 01 480 Otis and the raven by Martina

480 Otis splashes the raven video by Marie.:

Otis-blackbird mpeg2video by Marie 480 Otis splashes the raven July 24, 2016

Otis-blackbird mpeg2video by Marie 480 Otis splashes the raven July 24, 2016

NSBoak captured this snapshot of 480 Otis splashing the raven. (NSBoak previously added to 480 wiki page on October 27, 2016).  CarolineB created this painting of 480 Otis splashing the raven (p 01/25/2020 22:26 ):

August 2016:

2016.08.05:  GreenRiver captured this snapshot of 410 (near), 747 center, and 480 Otis (far) (p 01/26/2020 06:07 ).:

2016.08.06:  128 Grazer decided 480 Otis looked at her funny and then grazered 480, video by st mango.:
128 Grazer decides that 480 Otis looked at her funny 2016 08 06 19 20 21 444 by st mango

128 Grazer decides that 480 Otis looked at her funny 2016 08 06 19 20 21 444 by st mango


2016.08.08:  GreenRiver captured this snapshot of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 07:36 ).:

On 8/8/2016, 480 Otis is seen catching a fish in the far pool and backing up to his office. Turn up your volume for this creative video by Gizmo, "480 Coming Through."

480 Coming Through ~ Brooks Falls, KNPP, AK 8.8

480 Coming Through ~ Brooks Falls, KNPP, AK 8.8.2016, video by Gizmo

September 2016:

2016.09.??:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Shanna Carr (aka KenaiRiver) shared these photos from her trip to Brooks Camp of 480 Otis.:  On February 20, 2017 at 17:13 Shanna shared this photo with these thoughts:  "Hello bear friends, I think I found a picture of what Otis is dreaming about this very minute as he is snuggled in his cozy den. He thinking, "only 35 fish today, I need to get out of this bubble bath, move Walker out of my Office and catch some more fish." Love our Zen Bear".  On February 22, 2017 at 16:49 Shanna shared this photo of 480 Otis and a photo of 503 Cubadult with these thoughts: "Here's a fun comparison! Otis and 503 in the Jacuzzi fishing in almost the same spot. Just goes to show you how brave 503 was to jump into the Big Boys fishing spot. He caught fish here too!! Enjoy!!"  On March 7, 2017 at 17:42, Shanna shared these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 480 with these thoughts: "Hello All, Since we're all missing "our bears" and in particular The "Zen Bear", here are a couple of fun pics of Otis... love the intensity in 'his office' and in a bath of bubbles.. Hope they are all snug and warm in their dens.... maybe dreaming of salmon patties!!  On April 20, 2017 at 14:32 Shanna shared this photo of 480 Otis with these thoughts:  "Here's another one, Otis up at the Falls. His coat has such a reddish color ( in mid September ) , not how we normally see him. But, do see how and why he was the 'Fat Bear' of 2016.. sorry, Sumo Holly!! hahaha."  On April 25, 2017 at 20:28 Shanna shared this photo of 480 Otis with this information: "An interesting one of Sir Otis. A rare brief view of his mouth and teeth. Not wide open but can see a peek of those teeth, or not."  On July 9, 2018 at 08:31 Shanna shared these photo (#1 & #2 ) of 480 Otis with these thoughts:  "The discussion about Otis tonight, how his age and teeth may be influencing his fishing, made me think of pictures taken in Sept of 2016. I found several close ups taken of his tooth/ teeth as he was eating. It's hard to tell if in one of them if his canine has even broken the tough skin of the salmon. He has not let this stop him though!! He was Mr Fat Bear of 2017!! We love our Zen Bear!"  On January 20, 2019 at 16:04 Shanna shared this photo of 480 with these thoughts:  "Have loved all the contributions to the 'Love Otis Day'. Sometimes it's hard to tell if he's looking for fish or just taking a little bear nap. Either way, he is always magnificient!"  

Shanna Carr (aka KenaiRiver) generously granted her permission for her photos to be used on the bearcam wiki.  Sadly Shanna passed away in 2019 and is no longer with us to grant permission for her photos to be used in other ways.  Please honor and respect the memory of this cherished member of the bearcam community and refrain from using her photos without her permission.  If a time comes when her family extends the permission for her photos to be used, we will edit this informaiton to reflect that.

2016.09.01:  480 Otis and 747 dustup video by David S.:

9 1 16 480 Otis and 747 dustup by David S

9 1 16 480 Otis and 747 dustup by David S.

747 and 480 Otis duke it out video by Melissa Freels.:

747 and 480 Otis Duke it Out, September 1, 2016 by Melissa Freels-0

747 and 480 Otis Duke it Out, September 1, 2016 by Melissa Freels-0

2016.09.02:  151 Walker Life lessons from 480 Otis video by Melissa Freels:

151 Walker Life Lessons from 480 Otis, September 2, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

151 Walker Life Lessons from 480 Otis, September 2, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

2016.09.05:  480 Otis and 151 Walker de-escalation video by David S.:
151 Walker 480 Otis interaction 2016-09-05 by David S

151 Walker 480 Otis interaction 2016-09-05 by David S

Explore Recorder video footage of the same 151 Walker & 480 Otis interaction begins at approximately 28:18 of this video .:

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-05-2016 19 00 01 - 19 59 56 Explore Recorder video-0

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-05-2016 19 00 01 - 19 59 56 Explore Recorder video-0

2016.09.06:  GreenRiver shared this snapshot of 480 Otis (p 09/06/2016 19:06 ).  Bookmom captured these snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 480's successful spash :& grab (p 09/06/2016 18:41 ).  MaryUT captured this snapshot of 480 Otis (p 09/06/2016 18:37 ).:

2016.09.12:  480 Otis (background) with 151 Walker (foreground) snapshot by NSBoak.  (NSBoak and Lani H previously added to 480 Otis wiki page on October 27, 2016).:

2016.09.14:  Otis ghosting around a fight to get exactly where he wanted to go anyway. It all started with 747 coming after Otis pushing him down river, 856 decides to remind 747 who is top bear and Otis glides away while roaring ensues video by Lyn Gulbransen:

856 and 747? disagree

856 and 747? disagree. 480 Otis plays it cool 09 14 2016 by Lyn Gulbransen

2016.09.24:  480 Otis video by Brenda D:

09.24

09.24.2016 - 480 Otis video by Brenda D

2016.09.28:  480 Otis snapshot (previously added to 480 wiki page on October 27, 2016 by Lani H .).:

October 2016:

2016.10.01:  480 Otis reclaims the office in the video by TDown:

Otis takes office back Oct 1, 2016 by TDown

Otis takes office back Oct 1, 2016 by TDown

2016.10.05:  Ranger Michael Saxton made an attempt to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to 480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting video by Melissa Freels:

Attempt to Dart 480 Otis on LR and RW, DNA Project, October 5, 2016 video by Melissa Freels-0

Attempt to Dart 480 Otis on LR and RW, DNA Project, October 5, 2016 video by Melissa Freels-0

David S captured this video of the attempt to dart 480:

Failed attempt to dart otis 2016-10-05 10-38-47-515 by David S-0

Failed attempt to dart otis 2016-10-05 10-38-47-515 by David S-0

On October 25, 2016 during a live chat with Ranger David Kopshever and Ranger Leslie Skora, Ranger Michael Saxton discusses his October 5, 2016 darting attempt of 480 Otis.  This discussion topic can be heard at approximately 32:35 into this video of the live chat.  At approximately 44:40 Ranger Saxton discusses how he felt when he was that close to 480 Otis while attempting to dart him and if he believed 480 Otis was aware of his presence:  

End Of Brown Bear Season Katmai National Park - Live Chat October 25, 2016-1

End Of Brown Bear Season Katmai National Park - Live Chat October 25, 2016-1

Watch Everything created this video in celebration of 480 Otis winning the 2016 Fat Bear Week contest.:

This fat bear just won a contest for being enormous by Watch Everything

This fat bear just won a contest for being enormous by Watch Everything

2016.10.07:  480 Otis fishing in the lower river video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:

Bear 480 Otis LR Brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 07 20 31 25 619 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Bear 480 Otis LR Brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 07 20 31 25 619 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.10.12:  Yes, even 480 Otis has mastered fishing the lip of Brooks Falls.  Video by Martina.:

The one and only ) 480 Otis successfully fishing the lip of Brooks Falls October 12, 2016 video by Martina

The one and only ) 480 Otis successfully fishing the lip of Brooks Falls October 12, 2016 video by Martina

2017:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 75.:

April 2017:  

2017.04.01:  Martina created this video of 480 Otis doing "Imagine":

Bears Of Brooks River 480 Otis "Imagine" Ft

Bears Of Brooks River 480 Otis "Imagine" Ft. Shamoozey by Martina

2017 Season:

2017.??.??:  480 Otis during the 2017 season video by Deanna Dittloff:

Otis 2017 by Deanna Dittloff

Otis 2017 by Deanna Dittloff

2017.??.??:  480 Otis during the 2017 season video by GreenRiver.:
Otis, Brown Bear of Brooks River, Alaska 2017 Season by GreenRiver

Otis, Brown Bear of Brooks River, Alaska 2017 Season by GreenRiver

2017.??.??:  (July 24, 2017 or prior)  Alisa Esala captured this video of 480 Otis protesting 32 Chunk's arrival.  480 Otis is happily fishing the jacuzzi when 32 Chunk arrives and decides he wants the same spot. Otis lets Chunk know verbally how unhappy he is.:
480 Otis protesting 32 Chunk's arrival by Alisa Esala (published 7 24 2017)

480 Otis protesting 32 Chunk's arrival by Alisa Esala (published 7 24 2017)


2017.??.??:  (August 11, 2017 or prior):  Alisa Esala captured this video of 480 Otis fishing near the fish ladder.:

The fish just jump in 480 Otis' lap by Alisa Esala (2017 Season August 11, 2017 or prior)

The fish just jump in 480 Otis' lap by Alisa Esala (2017 Season August 11, 2017 or prior)

2017.??.??:  480 Otis in a river of salmon video by isai rod on instagram posted May 8, 2018.

2017.??.??:  Cruiser created this snapshot collage of 480 Otis' 2017 epic nap (p 01/26/2020 06:45 ).  GreenRiver created this artwork of 480 during the 2017 season (p 01/26/2020 15:55 ).:

July 2017:

2017.07.??:  ElaineDE shared these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 & #5 ) of 480 Otis from her July 2017 trip to Brooks Camp (p 01/26/2020 12:58 ). ElaineDE shared this 7/21/2017 photo of 480 Otis on 4/11/2020.

Please request ElaineDE's permission prior to using her photographs!

2017.07.05: 480 Otis returns to the Brooks River cowboy walking into the 2017 season: Video by Brenda D :  

07.05

07.05.2017 - 480 Otis makes his Debut in the Lower River video by Brenda D

Video by Melissa Freels :
The Return of Otis July 5, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

The Return of Otis July 5, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

Video by Erum Chad (aka Erie) (Published 2017.07.05) :
Return of bear 480 Otis LR cam Brooks Falls Katmai 2017 07 06 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Return of bear 480 Otis LR cam Brooks Falls Katmai 2017 07 06 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

480 Otis in the riffles video by Ruxandra Nicolae (aka Rux )
Otis arrival at Riffles, July 5 2017 by Ruxandra Nicolae (aka Rux)

Otis arrival at Riffles, July 5 2017 by Ruxandra Nicolae (aka Rux)

2017.07.06:

480 Otis from office to falls to bed video by Brenda D:

07.06

07.06.2017 - 480 Otis from Office to Falls to Bed video by Brenda D

480 Otis video by Victoria White:
480 OTIS ~ 2017 07 06 by Victoria White-0

480 OTIS ~ 2017 07 06 by Victoria White-0

2017.07.07: 

480 Otis video by Brenda D:

07.07

07.07.2017 - 480 Otis at the Falls video by Brenda D

480 Otis gets hit in the muzzle by a fish video by Cheryl Burnside:
2017 07 07 17 19 11 OTIS 480 Fish hits him in the nose video by Cheryl Burnside

2017 07 07 17 19 11 OTIS 480 Fish hits him in the nose video by Cheryl Burnside

2017.07.09: 

480 Otis courting an adult female video by Brenda D:

07.09

07.09.2017 - Some 480 Otis Loving Going to Happen? video by Brenda D

Could Brenda D's video above be the prequel to Anna-Marie's July 9, 2017 photo of 480 Otis mating that was taken at Brooks Camp?

Anna-Marie shared some additional information about her photo:

The photo "was taken from the Treehouse. Otis and the female (might be 289) were under the walkway between the treehouse and the riffles platform ".  "Right after the mating, both bears showed up down by the riffles and moved up toward the Falls. Another bear followed her up the path on the other side of the river and then Otis followed them! "

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


32 Chunk and 480 Otis faceoff video by Brenda D:
07.09

07.09.2017 - 32 Chunk and 480 Otis Face-Off video by Brenda D

2017.07.10:  480 Otis video by Brenda D:
07.10

07.10.2017 - 480 Amorous Otis video by Brenda D

2017.07.12:  480 Otis and 32 Chunk interaction video by Melissa Freels:

480 Otis and 32 Chunk Have Words, July 12, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

480 Otis and 32 Chunk Have Words, July 12, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

2017.07.17: 

856 displaces 480 Otis video by Brenda D:

07.17

07.17.2017 - 856 moves 480 Otis video by Brenda D-0

480 Otis bluff charges 151 Walker video by Brenda D:
07.17

07.17.2017 - 480 Otis Bluff Charge 151 Walker video by Brenda D-0

2017.07.20 - 2017.07.22:  Park visitor and cam viewer, ElaineInDE captured this photo of 480 Otis sometime between July 20, 2017 and July 22, 2017.

2017.07.22:  480 Otis fishing in close proximity to 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings, peacefully by over-protective 128 mom standards.  128 Grazer can be observed jaw popping in this video by Cheryl Burnside:

2017 07 22 23 16 32 Grazer & Yearlings right next to Otis fishing by Cheryl Burnside

2017 07 22 23 16 32 Grazer & Yearlings right next to Otis fishing by Cheryl Burnside

2017.07.23:  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured this July 23, 2017 photograph of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 12:48 ).  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) also captured these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 480 Otis on July 23,. 2017 (p 01/26/2020 12:57 ).  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) also shared this, her favorite 2017 photograph of 480 Otis, taken July 23, 2017 (p 01/26/2020 17:31 ).:Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) shared this 7/23?/2017 photo of 480 Otis on 6/9/2020.

Please request Bonnie Hankins' (aka NutsBoutBears) permission prior to using her photographs!

Scammin shared this 7/23/2017 photo of 775 Lefty (near) and 480 Otis (far) on 3/29/2020.

2017.07.24:  In a July 24, 2017 video by Alisa Esala, 480 Otis can be seen and heard protesting the arrival of 32 Chunk to the falls.

480 Otis protesting 32 Chunk's arrival, video by Alisa Esala, 7 24 2017

480 Otis protesting 32 Chunk's arrival, video by Alisa Esala, 7 24 2017

2017.07.27:  480 Otis and 151 Walker greeting below Brooks Falls video by angerboda:

480 Otis and 151 Walker greeting, Brooks Falls 07272017 by angerboda-0

480 Otis and 151 Walker greeting, Brooks Falls 07272017 by angerboda-0

August 2017:

2017.08.05:  480 Otis and 32 Chunk have a confrontation and 480 Otis takes a nap on the island in this video by Victoria White.:

The confrontation of the 32 Сhunk & 480 Otis and Otis naping at Brooks Falls ~ 2017 08 05 by Victoria White

The confrontation of the 32 Сhunk & 480 Otis and Otis naping at Brooks Falls ~ 2017 08 05 by Victoria White

32 Chunk and 480 Otis video by Melissa Freels:
32 Chunk and 480 Otis, August 5, 2017 by Melissa Freels-0

32 Chunk and 480 Otis, August 5, 2017 by Melissa Freels-0

2017.08.08:  480 Otis makes low energy entrance video by CASPER Pike (aka dcs1955):

Otis makes low energy entrance 2017 08 08 video by CASPER Pike (aka dcs1955)

Otis makes low energy entrance 2017 08 08 video by CASPER Pike (aka dcs1955)

480 Otis naps on the island & 32 Chunk displays his dominance video by Brenda D:

08.08

08.08.2017 - 480 Otis Naps on Island, 32 Chunk Marks Island video by Brenda D

2017.08.09:  Keli shared this snapshot of 480 Otis napping on the island (p 01/26/2020 13:11 ).  KCanada shared this August 9, 2017 snapshot of 480 Otis napping on the island with the "Don't Wake The Bear" sign (p 01/26/2020 07.04 ).:

480 "Otis is no slouch when it comes to rest" in this Explore highlights video of his epic 14 hour nap.:

Otis The Bear Takes An Epic Nap - Brown Bear Live Cam Highlight 08 09 17

Otis The Bear Takes An Epic Nap - Brown Bear Live Cam Highlight 08 09 17

Early morning:  480 Otis sleeping on the island video by Brenda D:

08.09

08.09.2017 - 480 Otis Asleep on the Island video by Brenda D

480 Otis sleeping on the island for 12+ hours video by Cheryl Burnside:

2017 08 09 12 31 40 Otis 480 sleeping on the Island 12 hours video by Cheryl Burnside

2017 08 09 12 31 40 Otis 480 sleeping on the Island 12 hours video by Cheryl Burnside

Juergen's album of 480 Otis' lengthy nap on the island down river of Brooks Falls.

480 Otis wakes from his long nap and goes to fish in the jacuzzi, the far pool, and the office before heading upstream in this video by Brenda D.:

08.09

08.09.2017 - And He Wakes by Brenda D

September 2017:

2017.09.??:  (Prior to September 22, 2017):  On September 22, 2017 Melissa Freels shared this photo of 480 Otis.  Melissa commented that she thinks 480 Otis "looks very regal here".  Melissa also shared that 480 Otis was one of the two bears she found to be the most challenging to photograph, 747 being the other one.

Please request Melissa's permission prior to using her photos!

2017.09.??:  (Prior to September 22, 2017):  On September 22, 2017 Lesleezee shared this photo of 480 Otis (left) with 879 (right).

Please request Lesleezee's permission prior to using her photos!

2017.09.08:  KCanada shared this September 8, 2019  snapshot of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 07:04 ).:

19:44:  480 Otis goes to the island to sleep video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

480 Goes To The Island and Sleeps 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 Goes To The Island and Sleeps 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

21:15:  While 480 is sleeping video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
While 480 Is Sleeping 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

While 480 Is Sleeping 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.09: 

Approximately 06:32:  503 Cubadult meets 480 Otis video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

2017 07 09 Approximately 06 32 503 Cubadult meets 480 Otis video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017 07 09 Approximately 06 32 503 Cubadult meets 480 Otis video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 Otis approaches as 32 Chunk and 474 have a fight:video by angerbodha:
32 Chunk and 474 fight, 480 Otis gets in close, Brooks Falls 09.09

32 Chunk and 474 fight, 480 Otis gets in close, Brooks Falls 09.09.2017 video by angerbodha-1

Martia's riffles view video :

2017-9-9 fight Riffles view by Martina

2017-9-9 fight Riffles view by Martina

Mike Fitz commented on 480 Otis approaching the altercation between 32 Chunk and 474:

Mike Fitz' September 10, 2017 08:00 comment :

In reply to:  How often during your time at Brooks did you see another adult male like Otis approach two equally large males that were fighting?"

Mike's reply:  "It's not a common sighting, but in the video of the fight Otis wasn't the only bear to approach. The other bears near the far pool--503, 68--approached the fight as well. I don't have a good explanation for this behavior. Perhaps it was curiosity or they sensed one or both bears could be vulnerable to getting displaced if they approached. I'm not sure."

Mike Fitz's September 10, 2017 08:01 comment:

In reply to:  "Thanks Mike what are your thoughts on Otis reaction to the fight near him?"

Mike's reply:  "I'm not sure why Otis approached, but I don't think it was to referee or otherwise intervene. 68 and 503 also moved close to the fight. Maybe they were curious and defensive at the same time?"

2017.09.10:  

Early morning:  480 Otis asleep on the island then 480 wakes and goes to the office video by Brenda D:

09.10

09.10.2017 - 480 Otis Asleep On The Island, Wakes And Goes To The Office video by Brenda D

11:38:  480 Otis confronts 474 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
480 Otis Confronts Bear 474 2017 09 10 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

480 Otis Confronts Bear 474 2017 09 10 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

2017.09.12:  480 Otis video by Ratna Narayan:

Golden otis September 12, 2017 by Ratna Narayan

Golden otis September 12, 2017 by Ratna Narayan

2017.09.13:  32 Chunk, 480 Otis, and 856 video by Ratna:

The return of 856 as ided by Mike Fitz 9 13 2017 by Ratna-0

The return of 856 as ided by Mike Fitz 9 13 2017 by Ratna-0

2017.09.15:  480 is a master of snagging a salmon, sometimes they just jump into those giant paws, but not all of the salmon cooperate.  Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured one that got away in this September 15, 2017 video from approximately 16:25 AKDT.:

480 Otis "One Gets Away" 2017 09 15 approximately 16 25 AKDT by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 Otis "One Gets Away" 2017 09 15 approximately 16 25 AKDT by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.16:  480 Otis retains control of the jacuzzi video by Brenda D:

09.16

09.16.2017 - 480 Otis Retains Control of the Jacuzzi video by Brenda D

2017.07.21:  ElaineDE shared 7/21/2017 photos of 480 Otis on 4/11/2020, #1, #2 and #3.

2017.09.22:  480 Otis video by Brenda D:

09.22

09.22.2017 - 480 Otis Close Up video by Brenda D

2017.09.26:  274 Overflow begging from 480 Otis video by Brenda D:
09.26

09.26.2017 - 480 Otis with Patched Bear Begging video by Brenda D-0

83 Wayne Brother tries to displace 503 Cubadult from the jacuzzi, 480 Otis provides back-up to 503 video by Rockatte.:
503 tells 83 to SUCK IT; 480 provides back-up - Sept

503 tells 83 to SUCK IT; 480 provides back-up - Sept. 26, 2017 by Rockatte-0

2017.09.30 Approximately 16:40:  480 Otis departs the river slowly video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

480 on 2017 09 30 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 on 2017 09 30 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

October 2017:

2017.10.??:  480 Otis wins the 2017 Fat Bear Week contest.  Cruiser created this image of 480 reveling in his win (p 01/26/2020 14:00 ).:

2018:  Adult Male

480 Otis was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 76.:

2018 Season:

2018.??.??:  Cruiser created this 2018 season gif of a stomping mad 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 13:06 ).:

2018.??.??:  Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 2018 season observations of 480 Otis.:

The KIng of Katmai 480 Otis 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

The KIng of Katmai 480 Otis 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

2018.??.??:  Melissa Freels captured these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 480 Otis during the 2018 season (p 01/26/2020 18:16)

Please request Melissa Freels' permission prior to using her photographs!  

June 2018:

2018.06.??:  Birgitt shared (p 01/26/2020 09:24 ), and Truman Everts approved this message (p 01/26/2020 09:39 ) these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) that Truman Everts captured of 480 Otis in late June 2018.:

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

2018.06.18:  Explore Medium Blog, 2018 Bearcam Stories: The Elders of Brooks River by Mike Fitz:

2018.06.29 13:37:  480 Otis returns to the Brooks River for the 2018 season:

Ranger Russ commented at 13:37 :  "Word is that Otis is at the riffles!"

480 Otis returns to the Brooks River for the 2018 season video by Brenda D.:

06.29

06.29.2018 - 480 Otis The King of Katmai Returns by Brenda D

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! At 16:23 KNP&P posted to their Facebook to announce the return of 480 Otis:

"This day just keeps getting better. Who showed up at the Falls this afternoon? None other than the beloved 480! That's right "Otis," the oldest known male bear, at 22, has made his return for the season. "

Park visitor and cam viewer Lee (aka RiverPA) was lucky enough to be at Brooks Camp for the 2018 season return of the ever popular 480 Otis.  Lee captured these photos of 480 making his way up river to Brooks Falls:

Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 , Photo #4 , Photo #5 & Photo #6 

But wait!.....480 Otis also returned at a time when another special event was taking place in the Brooks Camp Visitor Center. Volunteer in Park and cam viewer Stacey was performing a very special ceremony for a very special park visitor.  Stacey shared her story in this April 9, 2019 05:14 comment :

"Hi, everyone!

A few days ago, @mazey posted a wonderful video by @Martina of the 2018 return of Sir Uncle King 480 O T I S! (Link to video at bottom of post.)

Here's a related story

It was Friday, June 29, 2018, my third day volunteering at Brooks Camp. I was working in the Visitors Center, presenting a Junior Ranger badge to a visitor named Esme.

It was Esme's 10th birthday -- and for her gift, she had chosen to bring her entire family to Brooks Camp to see the bears. And on her birthday, she was receiving her Junior Ranger Badge.

So we're in the Visitors Center, and I'm presenting her with the badge as her family watches, and she's holding up her hand as I lead her through the Junior Ranger oath.

And it's a very solemn and joyful and auspicious moment.

And/but as I'm leading Esme through the oath, I'm also watching the BF cam on the TV in the Visitors Center -- and I'm seeing a large, blond bear on the island!

And as I'm leading Esme through the oath, I'm thinking, "Wait. Is that 480 O T I S?! What's he doing back? It's only the end of June!"

And that bear, 480 O T I S, *dove* into the jacuzzi, just as Esme completed her pledge!

And I started to cry (which the other rangers never let me forget), because Esme became a Junior Ranger just as 480 O T I S dove into the jacuzzi, and on her 10th birthday to boot!

And so, in addition, to her Junior Ranger badge, I also awarded Esme one of my very precious Bear Booster pins, for guests who went above and beyond in supporting the bears.

Because Junior Ranger Esme brought her family to Brooks Camp for her 10th birthday. And 480 O T I S showed up to celebrate, too.

And that is my story of 480 O T I S.

And here's the great video by @Martina. (Be sure to have your sound on..."

BF 2018-6-29 480 Otis by Martina

BF 2018-6-29 480 Otis by Martina

480 Otis cowboy walks to his "office: after being displaced from the jacuzzi by 747 in this video by Sue C.:

Otis (480) Cowboy Walks to his Office! Love You Otis

Otis (480) Cowboy Walks to his Office! Love You Otis. by Sue C

June 2018 to July 2018:Edit

2018.06.21 - 2018.07.09:  708 Amelia was courted by 480 Otis sometime between June 21, 2018 and July 9, 2018 :

Please request Mocha's permission prior to using her photos!

July 2018:

2018.07.??:  Park visitor, Mike Weagley, 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-0

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

2018.07.??:  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-3

Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-3

2018.07.01:  Truman Everts shared 7/1/2018 photos of 480 Otis in chat on 3/25/2020. In photo #1, Truman states "Quick Wed. afternoon drive-by drop-off for all my bear pals trapped inside...480 (aka: "Otis") just looks classic (right behind the jacuzzi)." Note: Cam viewers were at home socially distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In photo #2, Truman states "480 (aka "Otis") shows off "the tooth," during a late afternoon yawn in his office."

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

2018.07.02:  480 Otis in the office with 747 in the far pool both fishing calmly...when 274 Overflow comes splashing in and slip sliding away video by Melissa Freels.:

LOL ..

LOL ... 274 Overflow, July 2, 2018 by Melissa Freels-1

2018.07.05:  Not the Onion: 480 on the Lip video by Rockatte.:

Not the Onion 480 on the Lip - July 5, 2018, 12 30AKDT by Rockatte

Not the Onion 480 on the Lip - July 5, 2018, 12 30AKDT by Rockatte

2018.07.06:  480 Otis near the fish ladder video by Ratna Narayan.:

Beautiful Otis at the side falls 7 6 2018 by Ratna Narayan-0

Beautiful Otis at the side falls 7 6 2018 by Ratna Narayan-0

480 Otis and 755 Scare D Bear confrontation video by Ratna Narayan.:
Otis and Scare D confrontation up close and personal! 7 6 18 by Ratna Narayan

Otis and Scare D confrontation up close and personal! 7 6 18 by Ratna Narayan

2018.07.08:  480 Otis was observed at Brooks Falls in the early morning: LaniH created this video , complete with tubas playing in the background for Ranger Andrew, so be sure to turn the sound up for this one.:

480 Otis with his soundtrack July 8, 2018 by LaniH

480 Otis with his soundtrack July 8, 2018 by LaniH

2018.07.09:  Juergen's 480 Otis video.  Juergen shared this description in the video:  "480 Otis did a potty break near its alternative fishing spot at the side of the Falls." ♥:
2018 07 09 10 28pm AKDT by Juergen ♥

2018 07 09 10 28pm AKDT by Juergen ♥

634 Popeye has 480 Otis "cornered" by the log against the falls and in the July 9, 2018 video by Alla Gill.:

Bears Fishing at Brooks Falls July 9, 2018 by Alla Gill

Bears Fishing at Brooks Falls July 9, 2018 by Alla Gill

2018.07.11:  480 Otis bites 801 on the butt video by LaniH:

480 Otis bites 801 in the butt 7 11 2018 by LaniH

480 Otis bites 801 in the butt 7 11 2018 by LaniH

RobNJ created this gif .  GABear created this gif . :

2018.07.12:  Bookmom shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 08:43 ).:

2018.07.17:  807 dares to splash 480 Otis video by mckate.:

17 Jul 2018 807* Dares to Splash 480 Otis! (Low Cam) by mckate-0

17 Jul 2018 807* Dares to Splash 480 Otis! (Low Cam) by mckate-0

2018.07.22:  Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 83 Wayne Brother, 856, 32 Chunk and 480 Otis.  32 Chunk tries to move 480 Otis but 856 intervenes and runs 32 off.

83 Wayne Brother - 856 - 480 Otis -32 Chunk 2018 07 22 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

83 Wayne Brother - 856 - 480 Otis -32 Chunk 2018 07 22 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)


2018.07.26:  480 Otis video by LaniH.:

Close up of 480 Otis 7 26 2018 by LaniH

Close up of 480 Otis 7 26 2018 by LaniH

2018.07.29:  Shel captured these snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 14:15 ).:

2018.07.30:  801 and 480 Otis in "Will you stop looking at me!" video by Lani H.:

801 and 480 Otis wil you stop looking at me! 7 30 2018 by Lani H-0

801 and 480 Otis wil you stop looking at me! 7 30 2018 by Lani H-0

August 2018:

2018.08.07:  480 Otis and 503 Cubadult encounter video by Deanna Dittloff:

Otis & 503 Encounter August 7, 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

Otis & 503 Encounter August 7, 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

2018.08.09:  480 Otis and 503 Cubadult argument a draw video by McKate.:

9 Aug 2018 480 Otis and 503 Argument a Draw! by McKate

9 Aug 2018 480 Otis and 503 Argument a Draw! by McKate

480 Otis goes after 503 Cubadult by the island Part 1 Brooks Falls Low Cam view video by Birgitt.:

480 Goes After 503 by Island Part 1 Lower Cam 2018-08-09 by Birgitt-0

480 Goes After 503 by Island Part 1 Lower Cam 2018-08-09 by Birgitt-0

480 Otis goes after 503 Cubadult by the island Part 2 Brooks Falls High Cam view video by Birgitt.:
480 Goes After 503 by Island Part 2 Falls Cam 2018-08-09 by Birgitt-0

480 Goes After 503 by Island Part 2 Falls Cam 2018-08-09 by Birgitt-0

2018.08.10:  151 Walker plays with 503 Cubadult, gives 480 Otis a smooch video by mckate.:

10 Aug 2018 151 Walker Plays with 503, Gives 480 Otis a Smooch by mckate-1

10 Aug 2018 151 Walker Plays with 503, Gives 480 Otis a Smooch by mckate-1

2018.08.14:  480 Otis chases 128 Grazer off the lip video by Lani H.:

480 Otis "chases" 128 Grazer off the lip 8 14 2018 by Lani H

480 Otis "chases" 128 Grazer off the lip 8 14 2018 by Lani H

2018.08.15:  480 Otis with a salmon jumping all around him, gif created by Blair-55 .:

September 2018:

2018.09.??:  Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 480 Otis Commander in Faith video of 480 Otis observations from September 2018.

480 Otis Commander in Faith September 2018 by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

480 Otis Commander in Faith September 2018 by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

2018.09.08:  In this 9/8/2018 video by Lani H, 755 ScareD catches a fish and as he walks by 480 Otis is bitten by him. 151 Walker decides to get in on the action and also bites 755 in the rump. 755 loses his fish and heads back to the far pool in hopes of catching another.

480 Otis bites 755 ScareD Bear, 151 Walker also gets a bite in and 755 loses his fish 9 8 2018, video by Lani H

480 Otis bites 755 ScareD Bear, 151 Walker also gets a bite in and 755 loses his fish 9 8 2018, video by Lani H

Video by McKate:

8 Sep 2018 755 Scare D Gets It On Both Ends by mckate-1

8 Sep 2018 755 Scare D Gets It On Both Ends by mckate-1

KNP&P's September 8, 2018 tweet with NPS photo of 747 (near) and 480 Otis (far).: "We're entering the last few weeks of weight gain before Fat Bear Week commences. Here's a look at 747 (foreground) and 480 (background). Which bear seems to have gained the most weight so far this season?"


2018.09.10:  747 (largest bear sitting in the far pool), 480 Otis (licking the rock in the far pool), 856 (is the bear that catches the fish), and 634 Popeye (in the office) video by Birgitt:

856 634 747 480 in Boar Alley 2018-09-10 22-45-08-730 by Birgitt

856 634 747 480 in Boar Alley 2018-09-10 22-45-08-730 by Birgitt

2018.09.12:  At approximately 16:15, 68 and 480 Otis Perform a Duet in G Major video by mckate.  Title courtesy or Olga Mikhajlova.  Be sure to have your sound on for the vocalizations of both bears.:
12 Sep 2018 68 and 480 Otis Perform a Duet in G Major by mckate-0

12 Sep 2018 68 and 480 Otis Perform a Duet in G Major by mckate-0

68 and 480 Otis video by Lani H.  Be sure to have your sound on for the vocalizations of both bears.:
480 Otis and 68 argue over who should have the jacuzzi 9 12 2018 by Lani H-0

480 Otis and 68 argue over who should have the jacuzzi 9 12 2018 by Lani H-0

68 and 480 Otis sing a duet video by tsaneda.  Be sure to have your sound on for the vocalizations of both bears.:
480 and 68 sing a duet 12Sep2018 by tsaneda-0

480 and 68 sing a duet 12Sep2018 by tsaneda-0

2018.09.13:  480 Otis, 151 Walker, 32 Chunk and 856 exchange video by mckate.  151 Walker begs from 480 Otis and gets jumped. 32 Chunk intervenes (and checks for leftovers) and 856 chases Chunk because only the top bear intervenes. :

13 Sep 2018 480 Otis, 151 Walker, 32 Chunk, and 856 Exchange by mckate-2

13 Sep 2018 480 Otis, 151 Walker, 32 Chunk, and 856 Exchange by mckate-2

2018.09.14:  At approximately 17:11, Ratna Narayan captured these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ), the first photographs she captured of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 09.10 ).  

Please request Ratna Narayan's permission prior to using her photographs!

2018.09.14 - 2018.09.17:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Ratna Narayan captued these photos of 480 Otis during her trip to Brooks camp.  Photos Ratna posted 03/12/2019 19:20 :  #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , & #6Photos Ratna posted 05/28/2019 20:43 :  #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 & #7 (Note: #4 & #7 are duplicates of two photos posted 03/12/2019 19:20).  Ratna shared this photo of 480 Otis.  Ratna also shared this photo of 480 Otis.  Ratna also captured this photograph of 480 (p 01/25/2020 08:04 )..  Ratna captured this photograph of 480 (p 01/25/2020 17:22 ).  Ratna shared these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 480 Otis; one with eyes opened and one with eyes closed (p 01/26/2020 12:52 ).  Ratna also captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 480 (p 01/26/2020 13:10 ).  Ratna shared this close-up photograph of 480 (p 01/26/2020 13:11 ).  Ratna got an even closer photograph of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 13:14 ).  Ratna captured this photograph of 480 also (p 01/26/2020 13:21 ).  Ratna captured this series of photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 480 Otis that shows him sitting down from three of his 4 sides (p 01/26/2020 13:43 ).  Ratna also shared this photograph of 480 Otis (p 01/26/2020 18:41 ).  Ratna Narayan also shared these photographs (#1 , #:2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6 ) of 480 Otis (p 01/27/2020 17:04 ).  Ratna also captured these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6 ) of 480 (p 01/27/2020 19:00 ).  Ratna shared these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 480 Otis (p 01/27/2020 19:13 ).  Ratna also captured this photograph of 480 (p 01/27/2020 20:11 ).  Ratna captured these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 480 (p 01/27/2020 20.24 ).:

Please request Ratna Narayan's permission prior to using her photographs!