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

Adult Male

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

Offspring Of:聽 Not known

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


Identification:

2010 Bears of Brooks River book & 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:聽聽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.聽聽In the fall months, his body is walrus-shaped and he has a relatively thick, wrinkled neck.

2014 Bears of Brooks River book:聽 聽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:聽聽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聽the fall months, his body is fat and walrus-shaped with a relatively thick, wrinkled neck.

2017 Bears of Brooks River book:聽 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.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2010 Bears of Brooks River book & 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:聽聽480, along with 218, uses some of the most efficient fishing techniques at the falls. 聽He prefers the jacuzzi, but unlike many other bears, he is often tolerant of numerous other bears around him while he eats. 聽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. 聽Late in the season, he is often seen fishing the far pool.

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:聽 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. 聽Even 856, arguably the most aggressive bear in 2011, rarely attempted to challenge 480 for this prime location. 聽In September, 856 and other bears seemed less tolerant of him and / or more willing to challenge him over positions at Brooks Falls. 聽This pattern contunued in July 2012, and larger bears regularly displaced him from the jacuzzi.

2014 Bears of Brooks River book:聽聽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. 聽He prefers the jacuzzi, but unlike many other bears, he is often tolerant of numerous other聽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,聽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:聽聽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.聽

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:聽 Additional information provided in the 2017 edition of the book:

In 2016, 480 returned to Brooks River missing two canine teeth. 聽The injury somewhat inhibited his ability to 鈥渉igh-grade鈥濃搕o pick out the fattiest parts of the salmon (skin, brain, and roe)鈥揵ut 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.聽

2018 Bears of Brooks River book:聽聽480 Otis is missing two canine teeth. The injury appears to inhibit his ability to 鈥渉igh-grade鈥濃搕o pick out the fattiest parts of the salmon (skin, brain, and roe)鈥揵ut 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,聽 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聽2017聽,

2001:

480 Otis was initially identified as an older subadult or young adult.聽 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聽photo provided by聽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:聽 Adult Male

July 2006:

2007:聽 Adult Male

September 2007:

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

2009:聽 Adult Male

2009 Season:

2009.??.??:聽 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:聽 Ranger Roy Wood's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery .

September 2009:

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

2010:聽 Adult Male

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

July 2010:

October 2010:

2012:聽 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.

2013:聽 Adult Male

2013 Season:

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

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

July 2013:

2013.07.10:聽 SandyK29's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the聽480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery . 2013.07.20:聽 Ranger Jeanne's photo of 480 Otis that is included in the 480 Otis KNP&P flickr gallery . 2013.07.21:聽 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:聽 Adult Male

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

July 2014:

2014.07.02:聽 NPS photo of 480 Otis:

2014.07.05:聽 NPS photo of 480 Otis:

2014.07.12:聽 NPS photo of 480 Otis:

2014.07.23:聽 NPS photos of 480 Otis:

2014.07.27:聽 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:聽 NPS photo of 480 Otis:2014.09.12:聽 NPS photos of 480 Otis: 2014.09.20:聽 BP Bear Lover's snapshot of 480 Otis (BP Bear Lover previously added to 480's wiki page on October 7, 2014 ).聽 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:聽 NPS photo of 480 Otis:

October 2014:

2014.10.07:聽 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:聽 Zen Otis.聽 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:聽 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聽gif by Juergen

2015:聽 Adult Male

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

2015 Season:

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

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

2015.??.??:聽 480 Otis "talking" to 747 video by Rockatte.聽 "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

July 2015:

2015.07.12:聽 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!

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

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

September 2015:

2016.09.16:聽 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:聽 480 Otis is seen quite a bit in the lower river during this play-by-play with Ranger Mike and Ranger Roy.聽 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:

2015.10.09:聽 480 Otis fishing at the falls video by JBirdyHome.聽 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:聽 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. 聽The injury somewhat inhibited his ability to 鈥渉igh-grade鈥濃搕o pick out the fattiest parts of the salmon (skin, brain, and roe)鈥揵ut 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.聽 2016.??.??:聽 Cam viewer's 2016 season snapshot of 480 Otis.聽 #1 Lani H previously added to 480's wiki page on October 27, 2016 .聽 #2 480 Otis swats a salmon ~ BBWonderdogs previously added to 480's wiki page on October 27, 2016 .聽 聽#3 BBWonderdogs previously added to 480's wiki page on October 27, 2016 .:

June 2016:

2016.06.30:聽 At approximately 10:00 AKDT, 480 Otis returned to the Brooks River for the 2016 season.聽 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

July 2016:

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

2016.07.01:聽 Juergen's gif of 480 Otis. 2016.07.03:聽 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)

2016.07.06:

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:聽聽

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

2016.07.24:聽 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):

2016.07.30:聽 Juergen's gif of 480 Otis standing his ground while 32 Chunk rubs the tree on the island.

September 2016:

2016.09.??:聽 Park visitor and cam viewer, Shanna Carr (aka KenaiRiver) shared these photos from her trip to Brooks Camp of 480 Otis.:聽 On February 20, 2017 at 17:13 Shanna shared this photo with these thoughts:聽 "Hello bear friends,聽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".聽 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!!"聽 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聽office' and in a bath of bubbles.. Hope they are all snug and warm in their dens.... maybe dreaming of salmon patties!!聽 On April 20, 2017 at 14:32 Shanna shared this photo of 480 Otis with these thoughts:聽 "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."聽 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."聽 On July 9, 2018 at 08:31 Shanna shared these photo (#1 & #2 ) of 480 Otis with these thoughts:聽 "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!"聽 On January 20, 2019 at 16:04 Shanna shared this photo of 480 with these thoughts:聽 "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!"聽聽

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

2016.09.02:聽 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

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

2016.09.14:聽聽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:聽 480 Otis video by Brenda D:

09.24

09.24.2016 - 480 Otis video by Brenda D

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

October 2016:

2016.10.01:聽 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:聽 Ranger Michael Saxton聽made an attempt聽to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to聽480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting聽video聽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聽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.聽 This discussion topic can be heard at approximately 32:35 into this video of the live chat.聽 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:聽聽

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

2016.10.07:聽 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)

2017:聽 Adult Male

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

2017 Season:

480 Otis during the 2017 season聽video by Deanna Dittloff:

Otis 2017 by Deanna Dittloff

Otis 2017 by Deanna Dittloff

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.??.??:聽 (August 11, 2017 or prior):聽 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.??.??:聽聽480 Otis in a river of salmon video by isai rod on instagram posted May 8, 2018.

July 2017:

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

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)聽:
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聽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聽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 ".聽 "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:聽 480 Otis video by Brenda D:
07.10

07.10.2017 - 480 Amorous Otis video by Brenda D

2017.07.12:聽 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:聽 Park visitor and cam viewer, ElaineInDE captured this photo of 480 Otis sometime between July 20, 2017 and July 22, 2017.

2017.07.22:聽 480 Otis fishing in close proximity to 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings, peacefully by over-protective 128 mom standards.聽 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

2017.07.27:聽 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:聽 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 小hunk & 480 Otis and Otis naping at Brooks Falls ~ 2017 08 05 by Victoria White

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

2017.08.08:聽 480 Otis makes low energy entrance video by CASPER聽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聽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:聽聽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:聽 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聽in this video by Brenda D.:

08.09

08.09.2017 - And He Wakes by Brenda D

September 2017:

2017.09.??:聽 (Prior to September 22, 2017):聽聽On September 22, 2017 Melissa Freels shared this photo of 480 Otis.聽 Melissa commented that she thinks 480 Otis "looks very regal here".聽 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.??:聽 (Prior to September 22, 2017):聽聽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:

19:44:聽聽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:聽 While 480 is sleeping聽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

2017.09.10:聽聽

Early morning:聽聽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:聽 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

2017.09.13:聽 32 Chunk, 480 Otis,聽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:聽聽480 is a master of snagging a salmon, sometimes they just jump into those giant paws, but聽not all of the salmon聽cooperate.聽 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:聽 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

2017.09.22:聽 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

2017.09.30 Approximately 16:40:聽 480 Otis departs the river slowly聽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)

2018:聽 Adult Male

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

June 2018:

2018.06.18:聽 Explore Medium Blog, 2018 Bearcam Stories: The Elders of Brooks River by Mike Fitz: 2018.06.29 13:37:聽聽480 Otis returns to the Brooks River for the 2018 season:

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

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! At聽16:23 KNP&P posted to their Facebook聽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.聽 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.聽Volunteer in Park and cam viewer Stacey was performing a very special ceremony for a very special park visitor.聽 Stacey shared her story in this April 9, 2019 05:14 comment :

"Hi, everyone!

A few days ago, @mazey聽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

2018.06.29:聽 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:聽聽708 Amelia was courted by 480 Otis聽sometime between聽June 21, 2018 and July 9, 2018聽:

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

July 2018:

Park visitor, Mike Weagley, captured this July 2018聽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.聽聽

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

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

2018.07.08:聽 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

2018.07.11:聽 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 .聽聽GABear created this gif . :

2018.07.22:聽 Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of 83 Wayne Brother, 856, 32 Chunk and 480 Otis.聽聽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:聽 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

August 2018:

2018.08.07:聽 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:聽 480 Otis and 503 Cubadult argument a draw聽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

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

September 2018:

2018.09.??:聽 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)

2018.09.10:聽 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

2018.09.14 - 2018.09.17:聽 Park visitor and cam viewer, Ratna Narayan captued these photos of 480 Otis during her trip to Brooks camp.聽 Photos Ratna posted 03/12/2019 19:20 :聽 #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , & #6 .聽 Photos Ratna posted 05/28/2019 20:43 :聽 #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 & #7聽(Note: #4 & #7 are duplicates of two photos posted 03/12/2019 19:20).聽 Ratna shared this photo of 480 Otis.聽 Ratna also shared this photo of 480 Otis.:

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

Park visitor and cam viewer, Ratna Narayan captured this photo of 503 Cubadult (near) with 480 Otis (far).:

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

2018.09.21:聽 747, 856 and 480 Otis have words in the far pool video by Birgitt:

747 856 & 480 Have Words in Far Pool 2018-09-21 22-00-53-211 by Birgitt-1

747 856 & 480 Have Words in Far Pool 2018-09-21 22-00-53-211 by Birgitt-1


2018.09.22:聽 480 Otis displaces 68 with minimal calorie expenditure聽video by McKate:

22 Sep 2018 480 Otis Displaces 68 With Minimal Calorie Expenditure by McKate

22 Sep 2018 480 Otis Displaces 68 With Minimal Calorie Expenditure by McKate

2018.09.30:聽 480 Otis looks for spawned-out salmon in the Lower Brooks River in these NPS photos (#1聽 & #2 ) by Ranger Russ Taylor.聽 480 Otis聽eats a spawned-out salmon on the Lower Brooks River in these NPS photos (#1 & #2 ) by Ranger Russ Taylor.聽 480 Otis on the Lower Brooks River in this NPS photo by Ranger Russ Taylor.

October 2018:

2018.10.07:480 Otis napping in the lower river by LuvBears :

480 Otis was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.聽 LaniH captured this video :

480 Otis darted for genetics study full and half speed 10 7 2018 by LaniH-0

480 Otis darted for genetics study full and half speed 10 7 2018 by LaniH-0

In this video by Lani H, 480 Otis聽walks up the river slowly towards the Falls and 879. He reaches 879 around the 6 minute mark. 879 is not so thrilled to see Otis, and shows an unusual lack of calmness for 879.:

480 Otis walks up the far bank to 879 10 7 2018 by Lani H

480 Otis walks up the far bank to 879 10 7 2018 by Lani H

2019:聽 Adult Male

July 2019:

2019.07.01:聽 480 Otis returned to the Brooks River for the 2019 season!聽 Video by tm saneda (aka Shovelbum81)

480 Otis returns! 1Jul19 by tm saneda (aka Shovelbum81)

480 Otis returns! 1Jul19 by tm saneda (aka Shovelbum81)

Video by mckate:
1 Jul 2019 480 Otis Returns! by mckate

1 Jul 2019 480 Otis Returns! by mckate

Video by Cheryl B (aka BearNecesseties):

2019 07 01 @ 1 40 PM M Otis is back!!!!!! by Cheryl B (aka BearNecesseties)

2019 07 01 @ 1 40 PM M Otis is back!!!!!! by Cheryl B (aka BearNecesseties)

Martina shared this collage of snapshots of 480 Otis on July 1, 2019.:

2019.07.04:Truman Everts captured this photo of 480 Otis at 18:56 on July 4, 2019.

September 2019:

2019.09.??:聽 480 Otis at Margot Creek video by Melissa Freels .聽 聽Melissa also put the video on her flickr in the event you are not able to view it on Facebook.

2019.09.15:聽 480 Otis returned to the Brooks River for the Fall 2019 season.聽 聽Blair-55 created this gif of 480 Otis gliding in.聽聽Blair-55 created this gif of 480 Otis climbing up the bank between聽the wedge and the closed trail.聽 Xander-Sage created this gif of 480 Otis' fall 2019 return.聽 Xander-Sage also created this gif聽.聽 Cruiser created this gif of 480 Otis climbing the bank between the wedge and the closed trail..:

480 Otis in the lower river video by Cruiser.:

480 Otis returns to Lower River Sep 15 2019 by Cruiser

480 Otis returns to Lower River Sep 15 2019 by Cruiser

How 480 Otis Got His Nickname:

This information is unknown to us at this time.

Fun Facts About 480 Otis:

  • In 2003, 480 Otis was observed playing with many bears, including 489 Ted and 634 Popeye .
  • 480 Otis was the inspiration bear for the聽2008 Katmai National Park booster pin.聽
  • 480 Otis appears in the 2014 Disney Nature movie, Bears;聽the footage of 480 was captured during the 2012 and / or 2013 seasons.
  • 480 Otis was observed being chased out of the far pool by 415 , an aggressive adult female with a聽smaller stature.聽聽
  • Melissa Freels captured 480 Otis at Margot Creek in September of 2019.聽 Thank you Melissa for documenting 480's use of other food resources when he disperses from the Brooks River area.

Known Courting & Mating:

480 Otis has almost mastered keeping his courting and mating behaviors from being captured by cam viewers and park visitors (or at least he has benefited from much of it being hard to locate for sharing).聽 However, a little is now known about 480's reporductive adventures:

2017:

94 or 289 Courting & Mating:聽聽(Note: 聽on 7/9/2017 Mike Fitz thought this looked like聽94 being courted by 480 Otis )

2017.07.09:聽 480 Otis courting an adult female video by Brenda D:聽聽

07.09

07.09.2017 - Some 480 Otis Loving Going to Happen? video by Brenda D-0

Could Brenda D's video above be the prequel to Anna-Marie's July 9, 2017 photo of 480 Otis mating that was聽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 ".聽 "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!

2018:

708 Amelia:聽 480 Otis was observed courting 708 Amelia sometime between June 21, 2018 and July 9, 2018

708 Amelia was observed being courted by 480 Otis聽between聽June 21, 2018聽and聽July 9, 2018聽.: Please request Mocha's permission prior to using her photos!

Known Relatives:

480 Otis is currently not known to have any offspring that use the Brooks River,聽 In 2005 - 2006聽a genetics聽study was done by collecting hair and tissue samples;聽no known offspring of 480 Otis were discovered.聽 A聽genetics聽study by Ranger Michael Saxton is underway (2016 - 2018) at Brooks River and we may find out if he in fact does have offspring that use the river.

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2006:聽 Successfully darted by Wildlife Biologist, Ranger Tamara Olson

480 Otis was successfully darted by Wildlife Biologist, Ranger Tamara Olson in 2006.

2016:聽 Unsuccessful attempt to dart by Ranger Michael Saxton

October 2016:

2016.10.05:聽聽Ranger Michael Saxton made an attempt聽to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to聽480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting.聽 聽Melissa Freels captured this video of the unsuccessful attempt to secure a proper position:

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

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

2018:聽 Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

October 2018:

2018.10.07:聽 480 Otis was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.聽 LaniH captured this video :

480 Otis darted for genetics study full and half speed 10 7 2018 by LaniH

480 Otis darted for genetics study full and half speed 10 7 2018 by LaniH

My Ode to 480 Otis by Goldilocks, Canada:

Sung to "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by OTIS Redding

Sitting in the office mist
It's amazing how we coexist
Watching the salmon jump
I'm striving to get pleasantly plump, yeah

I'm sitting at the base of the falls
In bright sun or driving squalls, ooh
I'm just sitting at the base of the falls
So sublime

I left my den on dumpling
Headed for the river deep
Have to catch me high fat salmon
In preparation for my long, cold sleep

So, I'm gon' sit at the base of the falls
Following my protocols, ooh
No sows in estrus or nasty brawls
Summertime

In the heart of my home range
Everything still remains the same
Now, covered in a snowy blanket of white
The granite walls echo my name, listen

Sleeping now resting my bones
While you worry about all the unknowns, listen
The walls echo my name
Nothing will extinguish my flame

Forever, I'll be sitting in the mist
In eternal salmon bliss, ooh
Sitting at the base of the falls
Wintertime


A special thank you got Stmango for the NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.


A special thank you to Xander-Sage for creating the gif of NPS photos聽from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

TRYING TO DISCOVER WHO ADDED THE FOLLOWING SLIDER TO 480'S PAGE:

Comparison pictures of 480 Otis

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