Year First Identified: 2014 as an adult
Offspring Of: Unknown at this time
Known Litters of Cubs: 1 as of 2018 season, 2 Spring Cubs
Genetics Study Samples Obtained: There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 505 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016 and 2017.
- 1 Identification:
- 2 Distinctive Behaviors:
- 3 Life History:
- 3.1 2014:
- 3.2 2015: Single Adult Female
- 3.3 2016: Single Adult Female
- 3.4 2017: Single Adult Female
- 3.5 2018: Adult Female with 2 Spring Cubs
- 3.6 2019: Adult Female with 2 Yearlings, then 1 Remaining Yearling:
- 3.7 2020: Adult Female with Two 2.5 Year-Old Cubs
- 4 Known Courting & Mating:
- 5 Known Litters of Cubs:
- 6 Known Relatives:
- 7 Genetics Study Samples Obtained:
2016 & 2017 Bears of Brooks River books: 505 is a medium-sized adult bear. In summer, her coat is brown with a blonder mane and ears. She has a tapered, conical muzzle and a round face. Her claws are dark with tan colored tips
2016 & 2017 Bears of Brooks books: Little information is known about this bear. When she was first identified in July 2014, she seemed inexperienced at Brooks Falls. At the time, she would try to fish nearly everywhere at the falls where she could gain access. Eventually, #505 settled into a routine of fishing the lip, begging, and occasionally stealing salmon, which she continued in 2015.
When attempting to steal or beg for salmon, she will sometimes stand on her hind legs below the lip while reaching up to grab or catch partially eaten salmon washing towards her. #505 will also lie flat on her stomach and coyly reach out with her front paws in an attempt to steal fish. She has not been identified in the fall.
505 was initially identified and assigned her bear monitoring number in summer of 2014.
2015: Single Adult Female
2015 or Prior:
505 on the lip video by Nick Dale (published November 7, 2015):
505 in close proximity to a successfully fishing 410 (aka Four-ton) video by Nick Dale (published November 7, 2015):
2015.??.??: 505 photo by Kara Stenberg shared by Brooks Lodge in their August 10, 2015 Facebook post .:
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2015.07.11: Park visitor and cam viewer, Baby Peas shared these four photos from her July 11, 2015 trip to Brooks Camp and granted us permission to share them here on 505's wiki page: Photo #1 , Photo #2 , Photo #3 , & Photo #4 : Please request Baby Peas permission prior to using their photos!
2015.07.16: On July 16, 2015 a very hungry 775 Lefty showed up at the falls. He had a spat with a bear that was begging from him at the top of the falls. He forced the bear backwards off of the lip and shortly thereafter did his famous leap off of the falls. The bear he had the spat with was 505. Video by Linda Jett.:
2015.07.19: Photo of 505 stealing fish from 409 Beadnose by Mike Fitz.
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KNP&P featured 505 in their post for Bearcam Bear Profile in their July 28, 2015 post . The post included a photo of 505 that provides a great view of her claws and a photo of 505 coyly stealing a fish from 409 Beadnose on the lip of the falls :
"Beg, steal, and catch salmon on the lip—this is the signature of 505. She is an adult female was first identified in 2014. 505 frequents the lip of Brooks Falls where she will catch her own salmon, but this bear won’t pass up a chance to steal or beg salmon from one of the other females nearby."
Photo of 505 (top right) on the lip of the falls with 128 Grazer (left), 409 Beadnose, and 868 Wayne Brother by Mike Fitz, 7/28/2015. Please request Mike's permission prior to using his photo!
Nick Dale photography captured multiple photos of 505 on 7/18/2015, #1, #2, #3 868 (near) and 505 (far), #4, 868 (near) and 505 (far) #5, #6, #7, #8, 409 Beadnose (near) and 505 (far), #9 868 (near) and 505 (far).
Nick Dale also captured this 7/28/2015 video. 505 can be seen from 2:29-3:00 fishing the lip and 8:00-8:29 on the right waiting for 410's scraps.
2016: Single Adult Female
505 was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 51:
2016.07.??: Kara Stenberg's photo of 505 fishing the lip. Please request Kara's permission prior to using her photo! 2016.07.03: 505 (not 755 ScareD Bear) fishes the lip in this 7/3/2016 video by Brenda D.
2016.07.05: 505 and 89 Backpack video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):
Photo of 505 fishing the lip by Mike Fitz. Please request Mike's permission prior to using his photo!
Video by Ratna of 505 fishing the lip of Brooks Falls:
16:30: 856 displaces 505 video by Mickey WIlliams:
16:38: 505 joins 775 Lefty fishing the lip video by Mickey Williams:
Photo of 505 by Mike Fitz. Please request Mike's permission prior to using his photo!
16:49: 505 fishing the lip video by Mickey Williams:
20:38: 505 and 775 Lefty fishing the lip video by Mickey Williams.:
July 8, 2016 cam viewer snapshots:
505 on a rock video by Ratna.:
2016.07.09: 505 slips off of the top of Brooks Falls while attempting to catch a fish video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)
2016.07.12: 505 fishing the lip with 775 Lefty. 505 is mostly hidden by 775........but........the "Queen" 410 is front and centre until 634 Popeye displaces her at the 2:00 mark; video by Mickey Williams.:
2016.07.13: 16:40: 505 joins 755 Scare D Bear video by Mickey Williams. 505 appears at the 1:45 mark. Some really nice close ups.:
2017: Single Adult Female
505 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 56:
2017.07: GreenRiver's video of 505 snapshots from July 2017:
2017.07.05: Park visitor and cam viewer, Truman Everts shared this July 5, 2017 photo of 505 fishing the lip from his trip to Brooks Camp. Truman generously granted his permission for us to use this photo for 505's wiki page. Thank you Truman! Truman shared 2 additional photos of 505 on 4/1/2020, photo #1 and #2.
Please request Truman's permission prior to using his photo!
Harry Purcell's 7/5/2017 photo of 505 fishing the lip.
Konicki Photography's 7/5/2017 photo of 505 on the lip.
Ratna Narayan captured video of 505 catching salmon on the lip, 7/5/2017.
10:06: 505 fishing the far pool and the lip of the falls video by Mickey Williams:
505 fishes the lip, 7/6/2017 video by Ratna Narayan.
July 6, 2017 cam viewer snapshots:
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505 video by Brenda D:
July 11, 2017 cam viewer snapshots:
09:57: 505 video by Mickey Williams:
505 relaxing at the falls video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:
505 enjoying her fish and the river (brown bear sushi with water aerobics?) video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):
July 14, 2017 cam viewer snapshots:
2017.07.15: Shel shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 & #5 ) of 505. Shel also shared this information about what helps her with IDing 505: "505 has somewhat low clearance from the ground and a fairly short neck. In side profile, the end of her muzzle sometimes reminds me somewhat of a pig's. "
505 is the bear fishing the lip or on top of the falls throughout this 7/15/2017 Explore Recorder video.
2017.07.16: 505 charges 151 Walker when his chase for the fish over steps her comfort level in this video by angerbodha: 634 Popeye is the bear that approaches the far pool from the jacuzzi area when the interaction between 505 and 151 takes place.
505 on the lip - 7/16/15 (27:50 start) Explore Recorder video .:
"505 seems fairly-laid back when fishing the lip and then eating her fish. Her posture and movements on the lip seem fairly passive. Here she is again on the lip; after catching a fish, she eats it on the rock by the fish ladder."
505 on the lip (32:20 start). Explore Recorder video .:
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2018: Adult Female with 2 Spring Cubs
2018.08.??: (Early August): Gitta Thorboll Kristensen filmed the 505 family in an early August visit, at the 3:03-3:38 mark in the video .:
"Shortly after she (505) arrived on Aug 2nd (2018) she caught her first fish. She took it up top (her cubs followed her up) into a copse of trees. She quickly realized that it would not be an efficient way to feed them....and began to feed them along the river bank.":
505 with her 2 spring cubs video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).:
2018.08.03: 505 with her two spring cubs video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
Park visitor Andrew Wells captured 505 and her 2 cubs on 8/3/2018 . Andrew Wells photo of 505 and her 2 spring cubs in the river. Andrew Wells photo of 505 and her 2 spring cubs on the bank of the river.
Birgitt captured this video (part 1) of 505 and her 2 spring cubs near the cutbank.:
505 brings her 2 spring cubs from her first known litter to Brooks Falls to scavenge salmon caught by other bears. video by Birgitt.:
2018.08.05: 505 with her 2 spring cubs video by mckate.:
2019: Adult Female with 2 Yearlings, then 1 Remaining Yearling:
Tjunk99 captured video of 505 fishing with 1 yearling in 2019, viewed at 14:09-14:27. The exact date is unknown. Was the other yearling out of frame or was this after 505 had abandoned her 2nd yearling?
2019.07.01: 505 with her 2 yearlings in the lower river video by Lani H.:
505 and yearlings on lower in the early morning, 7/1/2019 video by Birgitt.
Later on July 1, 2019, Ratna captured this video of 505 with her 2 yearlings.:
2019.07.02: 505 July 2, 2019 NPS photo by Ranger Tammy Carmack KNP&P Flickr.
2019.07.04: 505 and her 2 yearlings video by Lani H. As the family searches for food 3 fishermen approach at 15:00 and clearly cause 505 and cubs to move from the area. The 50 yard rule may have been observed but bears that are feeding, especially sows with cubs, should be given ample space,:
Kris Hazelton captured video of 505 and her 2 yearlings on July 4, 2019. They can be seen from 10:15-10:28.
2019.07.05: 505 and her 2 yearlings chase off a young subadult video by Birgitt.:
2019.07.07: 505 and her 2 yearlings were observed at the corner. The smaller cub appears to be favoring it's left rear leg at 0:21 into Lani's video and does not join the family but instead stands in one spot.:
Later in the evening on July 7, 2019, 505 is observed with only 1 yearling. (Snapshots from Known Litters of Cubs page)
Could the sow with 1 yearlings seen in these two videos by Erum Chad be 505? Video #1 :
Video #2 :
This 7/7/2019 photo by angerbodha appears to be 505 with 1 yearling.
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Please request NWBearLove92's permission prior to using any of their photographs!
2019.07.08: On July 8, 2019 at 12:56, Mike Fitz replied to a question about 505 possibly only having 1 remaining yealring:
"It's complicated. 505 has two yearlings, but one is struggling to keep up and is not always visible. Perhaps it is ill. I haven't been able to witness its behavior personally."
Later on July 8, 2019, 505 was observed with both yearlings. Video by Erum Chad.:
2019.07.09: 505 was observed with both yearlings in the early morning, video by Erum Chad. It may be important to note that one of the cubs lags behind.:
Later in the day on July 9, 2019, 505 is observed with only one of her 2 yearlings. (Snapshot from Known Litters of Cubs page).:
2019.07.10: On July 10, 2019 at 09:43, former KNP&P Ranger Jeanne commented about Ranger Michael Saxton may have been looking for a yearling that was last observed in the marsh.:
On July 10, 2019 at 09:48, former KNP&P Ranger Jeanne commented that Mike Fitz reports that one of 505's yearlings may be ill.:
Cam viewer, Lovethebears1 was at Brooks Camp from July 9, 2019 - July 12, 2019 and made the following comment on July 18, 2019 at 07:01 regarding 505 and her yearling.:
"There was word around camp that a yearling was alone on LR and was possibly dying. I saw it several times laying in the same spot just to the left of the LR viewing platform. Then it was gone. I never heard anything more about it but I am hoping he/she was ok and reunited with it's mom."
2019.07.11: 505's yearling was initially identified and assigned her bear monitoring number 63 during the 2019 season as she had been observed at least 3 times by the bear monitor. 63 on July 11, 2019 NPS photo by Ranger Tammy Carmack in KNP&P's Flickr album via KNP&P Ranger Naomi Boak .:
2019.07.24: Could this very small subadult seen on the lower river on 7/24/2019 be 505's separated yearling? It was moving well and eating fish scraps, video by Birgitt.
2019.07.25: On 7/25/2019 a small bear that appeared to be a yearling was observed in the marsh area searching for and eating scraps. Could this be 505's abandoned/emancipated yearling now considered a subadult? The yearling appeared to be healthy and was moving without difficulty, video by mckate.
2019.07.27: Birgitt's 7/27/2019 video of a small bear believed to be 505's yearling.
2019.07.29: Brenda D captured video of a 7/29/2019 Live Chat with Rangers Barbara Lutes and Naomi Boak, 505 and her missing yearling's status was discussed, 29:29-31:40. Ranger Naomi stated that the "cub was very ill, lying in the marsh on death's door. Bear 505 with her other cub left. She has not been seen since." Also from 28:08 -28:26 Ranger Barbara states "We have seen this year an instance of a sow what I suppose people would call abandoning her sick cub but what I would also consider emancipation. That young cub is now a subadult." A week later Ranger Naomi saw a lone yearling and Ranger Barbara saw it on 7/28. Ranger Naomi has seen the yearling getting fish scraps and swimming.
After the Chat on 7/29/2019 Ranger Naomi stopped in chat to share 2 photos. "I know that some of you were interested in comparing the photos I have of 505's "sick cub" and the "lone yearling" I saw this week. The first picture was taken July 14th . The second, July 26th."
2019.07.??: Cam viewer and KNP Volunteer Stacey recently returned from Brooks Camp and observed the yearling. Stacey commented "I saw the solo cub eating scraps at the edge of the river several times while I was at Brooks in July -- even when s/he was quite ill. One day, I saw her/him hop charge three subadults playing in the river near her/his hiding area" and "I *believe* I saw what I *believe* was the solo cub walk under the bridge just before I left Brooks Camp the afternoon of Monday, July 22. At that time, s/he looked small but good! She seemed to be walking well. I am rooting for this little bear!"
2019.07.31: Could this bear who appeared on the lip on 7/31/2019 be 505? There is a resemblance. There was no yearling observed with this bear. It was not very intimidated by either 854 Divot or 747 until 747 climbed the fish ladder steps and chased it away. 505 is pretty comfortable on the lip and fishes it regularly. Video by mckate:
7/31/2019 video by Lani:
7/31/2019 snapshots from the Brooks Falls Gallery by Phillydude, merry_mermaid and CamOp Scout.
505 was last observed on the cams at Brooks Camp on 7/9/2019 with only 1 yearling. This was her first litter. Will she emancipate her 2.5 year old cub in 2020?
Note: The Lower River East Cam was turned off on 10/1/2019 so there was no view of the spit. LR, RW and the UW cam were turned off on 10/10/2019. Sows and cubs may have still been at Brooks Camp after those dates.
2020: Adult Female with Two 2.5 Year-Old Cubs
505 was included in the 2021 Bears of Brooks River book page 46.
2020.07.02: 505 returns with BOTH of her 2.5 year-old cubs on July 2, 2020? Melissa Freels captured this video . Melissa shared this information about 505 in the description of her video..."Female brown bear plus two cubs at Brooks Falls in Alaska's Katmai National Park. Recorded via Explore.org webcam. Could this be bear 505 and her two 2.5 year olds? One of 505's cubs became very ill in 2019 and was separated from mom; whether it survived or was ever reunited with mom and sibling was not determined.":...
Well, it is 505 that has returned with BOTH of her 2.5 year-old cubs!!!!! Note: The cub that had been ill and separated from 505 and sibling was given ID #63 by the Bear Monitor in 2019. This cub is a female.
505 reunited with formerly ill cub, 7/2/2020 video by mckate.
Another look at the reunited 505's, 7/2/2020 video by mckate.
Ratna Narayan's 7/2/2020 video.
"More 505 and cubs", 7/2/2020 video by Ratna Narayan.
2020.07.04: 505's midnight cub says SBD's (Sweet Bear Dreams), 7/4/2020 video by mckate.
719 and yearlings meet 505 and her 2.5 year old cubs, 7/4/2020 video by Lani H.
2020.07.10: 505 with her two 2.5 year old cubs, 7/10/2020 video by Erum Chad.
2020.07.15: 505 still with her two 2.5 year old cubs, one of whom has ID # 63, 7/15/2020 video by mckate. "We were told they had been emancipated. Probably a case of mistaken identity since there are so many blondes running around."
2020.07.16: 505 and her cubs scavenging, 7/16/2020 video by Lani H.
2020.07.18: 505 and her cubs at the falls, 7/18/2020 video by Lani H.
505 and her 2 cubs in the riffles, 7/18/2020 video by Lani H.
Known Courting & Mating:
None known at this time.
Known Litters of Cubs:
2018: 2 Spring Cubs, 1st Known Litter
2019: 2 Yearlings, Then Lost 1, Then......
2020: Two 2.5 Year-Old Cubs (so 505 must have reunited with her missing 2019 yearling!)
There are no known relatives of 505 at this time.
Genetics Study Samples Obtained:
2016: None known
There were no darting attempts of 505 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2016.
2017: None known
There were no darting attempts of 505 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study in 2017.