Year First Identified: 2015 , young subadult (possibly an abandoned yearling)
Offspring Of: 610 is believed to possibly be the 2014 offspring of 171
Known Litters of Cubs: None as of 2018 season
Genetics Study Samples Obtained: None (successful or unsuccessful) in 2016 or 2017
This is a very small, young subadult bear with a poofy blond coat and dark legs. This bear has a prominent shoulder hump, tall hips, and a dark face. An indent above the top right hip is visible, and speculated to be a scar from a wound sustained in 2015. A smaller scar is also visible on the back of the left heal.
610 has been seen scavengering for fish in the lower river area in fall of 2015 and 2016. Extremely skittish in 2015 and 2016, 610 immediately left the area when other bears approached. Due to 610's behavior, it has been speculated that this bear was abandoned as a yearling cub in 2015.
2015 & 2016 from 2017 Bears of Brooks River book page 34:
Little is known about this subadult bear. She has been seen scavenging for fish in the lower river area in both fall 2015 and fall 2016. Due to 610's size and behavior in 2015 and 2016, it has been speculated that this bear was abandoned as a yearling cub in 2015. Survival is difficult for all brown bears, and those difficulties (predation, starvation, disease, etc.) are magnified for a bear that has had limited protection and learning experience. 610 has shown incredible resiliency by overcoming the challenges presented thus far, and will need to continue to live cautiously and take advantage of any opportunity she is presented with in order to survive.
Some cam viewers speculate that 610 is the 2015 abandoned yearling of 171 , and bear monitoring records reflect that park staff also share in the speculation . In 2014, 171 returned to the Brooks River area with two very tiny spring cubs. The smaller, darker of those two spring cubs was lost during the 2014 season. When last observed in fall of 2014, 171 was still caring for her remaining larger, lighter spring cub. The remaining spring cub resembles 610.
2014: Spring Cub with 171 (Speculated)
In 2014, 610 is suspected to be a spring cub.
If 610 is the offspring of 171 as park staff and some cam viewers suspect, the following 171 family group history from 2014 would be part of 610's life history:
171 returned to Brooks Camp on July 7, 2014 with her 1st known litter of cubs, two very tiny springers. Sometime during the 2014 season, between late July and early September 171 lost the smaller, darker spring cub. On September 7, 2014 171 was observed at Brooks Camp with one remaining spring cub, the larger, lighter of the two. The family group was observed into October of 2014; 171 and the remaining spring cub were last observed together in 2014.
The photos and videos below show 171 and her two spring cubs in 2014. What do you think? Could 610 be 171's larger, lighter 2014 spring cub?
Anna-Marie captured this video of 171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) during her time at Brooks Camp. 2014 Season (and continuing into the 2019 Season): Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 610 that begins when she was a spring cub with 171 (speculated). Footage of 171 with her believed offspring, 610 can be seen in the beginning of this video.:
610 can be seen with her mother 171 and her littermate in this 2014 Sows & Cubs video by DTB:
171 with her two spring cubs on gravel bar near lagoon heading to closed trail gif by Juergen.
171 with her two spring cubs near closed trail gif by Juergen:
On the evening of July 17, 2014, 171 and her two spring cubs tree themselves near the grassy knoll in the lower river area 07/18/2014 video by JB Grace :
August 2014 or PRIOR:
2014.0?.?? (Sometime on or before 08/17/2014): 171 with 2 spring cubs video by Magical Adventures published 08/17/2014:
2014.0?.?? (Sometime on on before August 27, 2014): 171 with 2 spring cubs can be seen at the 0:40 mark into this video by Jim Sawyer:
2014.09.??: In a video posted on 9/17/2014 by Octavio Garduno, 171 and her remaining spring cub (?610) are seen by the lower river platform. They become startled and run.
Octavio Garduno posted a 2nd video of 171 and her spring cub (?610) on 9/29/2014.
Octavio Garduno posted a 3rd video of 171 and her spring cub (?610) on 9/29/2014.
2014.09.09 Late afternoon: 171 leaves her remaining spring cub (610?) on a small sand bar to forage nearby. An idylic time, the cub finds some little snacks to occupy it. The close-ups of the spring cub in the first 6 minutes of the video are a must see, but the action starts at about the 6 minute mark into the video. Suddenly, the cub is startled and runs back to shore. 171 turns back to check on the cub and panics when she cannot see the cub, hidden in the tall grass. 171 bounds across the water, soon finding the cub, but remains protectively wary of surrounding, seemingly ready to mete out punishment to whatever culprit scared her percious cub!...video by JBirdyHome:171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) video by JoeBear : 171 and remaining spring cub (610?) video by JoeBear :
2014.09.28: 171 and her remaining spring cub (610?) video by DTB :
2014.10.22 11:04: 171 with her remaining spring cub (610?) video by MsDebbiB:
2015: Abandoned Yearling, 1.5 Year-Old Independent Female Subadult (Speculated)
In 2015, 610 is suspected to be a 1.5 year-old adandoned yearling. Bear monitoring records reflect that park staff share in the speculation with some cam viewers that 610 is 171's abandoned yearling . The bear ID database notes say "believed to be an abandoned yearling cub, has similar coloring to 171's lone spring cub from fall 2014." 610 was first recorded in a session on 9/18/15 .
The Lone Cub by GreenRiver (p 07/03/2020 04:54 ) (aka 610 of Brooks River)
In the evening mists upon the lake,
A lone cub wandered down
The spit road near the rippling cove
As shadows gathered round.
She softly padded upon the grass,
Her sad eyes searched the lake
“Oh, mother, mine, why aren’t you here?”
The little bear cried out in fear
“Why did your cub forsake?”
By just what means we cannot say
Her life was changed one fateful day.
But the dent upon her hip
and wound upon her heel
Bear witness to a violent tale
Never to be revealed.
How far she wandered, scared, alone,
will never be ours to know.
How she dug her den in the mountain side,
found food for her long winter sleep,
Ran from foes and managed to hide.
It’s a secret she’ll always keep.
When summer came and winter was through
Her journey led her back.
To the only place the Lone Cub knew
To the beautiful spit and river too.
It was here that she fished,
and she roamed and grew.
But so lonely was the little bear,
She ran from all who came near,
For still she heard her sweet mother’s voice.
“You must be careful, my dear.”
And then one day, as though by fate
The lone cub made a friend.
And found that it was never too late
To find happiness in the end.
Through misty veils of time we see
Fast forward several years
She stands below the thundering falls
She’s conquered all her fears.
No longer alone, no sadness calls
Her heart soars wild and free.
610 is how she now is known
and will always be
2015.07.11: On July 11, 2015 at approximately 17:50 Alaska time a single adult female that resembled 171 was observed in front of the Brooks Falls Wlidlife Viewing Platform. If the ID of that single adult female as 171 is correct, then 171's remaining 2014 yearling has been separated from or emancipated by 171.
2015.09.xx; Cam viewer and park visitor, Stephen Brkich, captured this photo of 610 during his September 2015 trip to Brooks Camp.
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2015.09.14: 610 video by Victoria White:
610 video by Victoria White:
Explore Recorder video of 610 in the lower river:
2015.09.18: In 2015, 610 was first observed as an independent subadult in an official bear monitoring session on 09/18/2015.
2016.10.06: 610 video by Explore (Please note: time shown is Pacific Time, not Alaska Time):
610 video by Explore. (Please note: time shown is Pacific Time, not Alaska Time):
2015.10.07: 610 video by Victoria White.:
2016: 2.5 Year-Old Independent Subadult
In 2016, 610 is believed to be 2.5 years old
2016.07.27: On 7/27/2016 a small bear appearing to be a yearling could be seen walking along the Spit Road and briefly pausing before turning down the Valley Rd. This independent young bear had what looked like a defect in the area above the right hip. Could this have been 610 early in the 2016 season? Video by Brenda D.
610 NPS photos taken in September 2016 from 610's page in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book, page 34.
Cam viewer and park visitor, JCamille captured these photos during her September 2016 trip to Brooks Camp: photo 1 , photo 2 , photo 3 , photo 4 , photo 5 and photo 6 . She also captured this video. Note: This video is no longer available as the Instagram account has been made private.
Ranger Leslie discusses 610 at approximately 24:34 into this 09/26/2016 live chat with Ranger Dave :
Cam viewer Melissa Freels captured this 09/26/2016 video of 610:
Cam viewer Ratna captured this 09/26/2016 video of 610:Cam viewer Goldilocks took this snapshot from Ratna's video to show the scar on 610's left rear paw / lower leg area:
2016.10.03: 610 video by Victoria White:
2016.10.06: 610 on 10/06/2016 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie) :
610 on 10/08/2016 video by Cheryl B:
2016.10.10: 610 on 10/10/2016 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie) :
2016.10.25: 610 is discussed at approximately 20:40 into this live chat with Ranger Leslie, Ranger Michael Saxton, and Ranger Dave:
2017: 3.5 Year-Old Independent Subadult
In 2017, 610 is believed to be 3.5 years old.
2017 Bears of Brooks River Book Page: 610 appears on page 34 of the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book:
610 is not listed on the unofficial July 2017 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List provided by Ranger David Kopshever on September 5, 2017.:610 does not appear as observed in July 2017 on the complete list of subadult bears observed in the 2017 season during official bear monitoring sessions provided by Mike Fitz on July 21, 2018 , Note: 610 does appear as observed in the Fall of 2017.:
2017.07.08: 610? video by Brenda D.:
2017.07.23 & 2017.07.24: 610 video by Melissa Freels:
2017.07.25: "This is one of the first times that we saw 610 interacting with other subadults. The interaction starts at the 4:13 min mark. She initially seems to be very wary of the other subs presence. The other sub, 273's emancipated male (aka Velcro), appears to have picked up on her uncertainty. The body language of both of them is fascinating. "Velcro" slowly approaches her and appears to "tone down" his normal exuberance when meeting another sub. Through a gentle interplay he seems to gain her confidence." Video by Melissa Freels. Video description by Goldilocks :
2017.07.29: 610 on the right meets another subadult at 0:48 in this 7/29/2017 video by Erum Chad.
2017.07.31: 610 plays with another subadult video by Erum Chad (aka Erie). 610 runs from another subadult on the closed trail. The subadult catches up to 610 at the bridge, and they play from the bridge all the way out into Naknek Lake off of the gravel bar / beach.:
2017.08.03: 610 on the lower river with a couple other subadults. At the 8:00 mark you can see that 610 is limping from an injury to her front paw/leg. She follows the other subadults along the river to the camp trail. In a few short weeks she went from avoiding all other bears to running to catch up to them. Video by Brenda D.:
2017.08.06: Approximately 13:14 on 08/06/2017: 610 on 08/06/2017 approximately 13:14 video by flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) :
610 comes to the bank to eat video by Brenda D.:
2017.08.12: 811, 812 and 610 playing video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:
2017.08.20 - 2017.08.23: Rhonda Dowdle captured this video during her trip to Brooks Camp; 610 can be seen at 2:34, 2:42 (right) and 12:10.:
610 is listed on the unofficial Fall 2017 Bears Observed During Official Bear Monitoring Sessions List as being observed in Fall 2017 that Ranger David Kopshever provided to Mazey via email.:610 also appears as observed during Fall 2017 official bear monitoring sessions on the complete list of subadult bears observed in the 2017 season during official bear monitoring sessions provided by Mike Fitz on July 21, 2018 .:
610 in September 2017, NPS photos:
2017.09.??: 610 in September 2017 video by Melissa Freels:2017.09.??: On October 9, 2017 Melissa Freels shared this photo of 610 (left) and 821 (right) . On February 15, 2018, Melissa Freels shared this September 2017 photo of 610. On March 1, 2018, Melissa Freels also shared these three September 2017 photos (#1 , #2 , & #3 ) from her trip to Brooks Camp of 610, a "serious fisherbear". Melissa's photo of 610 (left) and 821 (right).
2017.09.??: On October 4, 2017 at 20:13, Lesleezee shared these photos (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 610 from September 2017. Lesleezee had this to say about seeing 610 during her trip to Brooks Camp.:: "We saw her a lot in September. She was catching fish almost as big as her and playing, playing, playing. Great to see! "
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2017.09.04: Subadult play date with 610, video by Mike Fitz:2017.09.05: Melissa Freels photos (#1 & #2 ) of 610 (left) and 821, 504's darker male subadult aka "Pepper" (right). Melissa also captured this photo of 610 on the beach of Naknek Lake.
2017.09.06: Melissa Freels photos (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 610 (right) and 821, 504's darker male subadult aka "Pepper" (left). Melissa Freels photos (#1 & #2 ) of 610 (left) with 821, 504's darker male subadult aka "Pepper" (right).
2017.09.07: Melissa Freels photo of 610.
2017.09.13: Park visitor and cam viewer, Lee (aka RiverPA) captured these photos of 610 during their trip to Brooks Camp: 610 on 09/13/2017 by Lee (aka River PA) photo 1 and 610 on 09/13/2017 by Lee (aka RiverPA) photo 2
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2017.11.09: 610 is a female per bear monitoring records per Ranger Dave 11/09/2017 09:30 comment :
2018: 4.5 Year-Old (Subadult? Adult?)
610 was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 33:
On April 28, 2019 (610 & 717 day on the cam comments), cam viewer, cam op, and volunteer in park (VIP), Stacey shared her 610 story from her time volunteering for 6 weeks at Brooks Camp during the 2018 season.:
"When I volunteered at Katmai in July 2018, I'd start get up early every morning (around 4:15 a.m.) and walk down to the beach at Naknek Lake to see what bears were there.
There was almost always a small blonde bear either sleeping or walking the beach, and I believe (but am not positive) that it was 610.
I always smiled to see that bear thriving on her own."snapshot of 610 and a friend on 3/11/2020. Scooch posted an Albert Camus quote with the snapshot. "Don't walk behind me I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me I may not follow. Just walk beside me
and be my friend."
610 was included on KNP&P's 2018 Bear Monitor, Ranger Tammy Carmack's list of bears observed during July 2018 provided by Ranger Russ on September 14, 2018 at 13:12 .:
2018.09.03: 610 video by Birgitt:
610 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:
2018.09.04: 610 walks down Spit Road to Grassy Point video by Lani H.:
Birgitt also captured video of 610 walking the spit road, 9/4/2018.
2018.09.05: 610 & 821 follow 909 & 910 down Spit Road video by Birgitt.:
2018.09.09: 610 playing with 831 on the spit video by Birgitt.:
2018.09.11: Close up of 610 resting by the lower river platform, 9/11/2018 video by Erum Chad.
610 can be seen crossing over the lower river bridge platform in this 9/11/2018 video by Birgitt.
2018.09.12: 610 leaves her fish for 903 who is then confronted by 909 & 910 video by Birgitt.:2018.09.17: 610 in the lower Brooks River video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).: Birgitt describes this video as: "902 Fifi and 610 came down the falls road together and were eating on LR when 909 approached. 610 went towards the bridge and 902, 903, 909, 910 and one of the 854s went to the right and spent the next hour wrestling. :
2018.09.19: Kara Stenberg's video of 610 eating grass outside Brooks Lodge.:
2018.09.27: 610 can be seen in the background fishing (5:28-6:08) as 719 and 812 play by the platform, 9/27/2018 video by Erum Chad.
2018.09.29: 610 in the lower Brooks River video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).:
2019: 5.5 Year-Old (Subadult? or Young Adult? ~ Has She Mated?) 610 was classified as an adult female for the first time in the 2019 Bear Book.
Deanna Ditloff (aka deelynnd) created a video that she posted on 3/10/2020. The video is of 610 and includes the years 2014-2019. The video is titled "Keeping up with the Brown Bears 610."
Drew Kaplan , an avid bear cam watcher, filmed a wonderful video of the bears at Brooks Falls, possibly in July. Bear 610 can be seen at 1:11:34-1:12:15. She is seen standing on a rock behind another sow. From 1:14:31-1:14:58 she is observed snorkeling in the riffles.
Instagrammer Nigil Haroon posted Instagram photos of 610 during the 2019 season. A photo posted on 8/10/2019 shows 610 on the right with another subadult. In a 2nd photo posted on 9/26/2019, 610 is near with another subadult. 610's rump scarring is easily seen.
Wilde Weite Welt captured 610 playing with 4 other subadults on the lower river. The video is probably from July. 610 is the blondest of the suadults and is viewed from 3:51-4:14.
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2019.07.11: 610 (0:00-0:41) and 719 with 2 spring cubs video by Erum Chad (aka Erie).
2019.07.15: 610 digs a hole for her bottom, 7/15/2019 video by Erum Chad.
2019.07.16-07.19: RV Dreams captured photos and a video of 610 and a subadult thought to be 901 on their 7/16-7/19/2019 trip to Brooks Camp. On 7/16/2019 ?901 is on the left and 610 is on the right, photos #1, #2 and #3. On 7/19/2019 RV dreams captured 4 more photos (#1, #2, #3 and #4 ) and a video (610 is blonder). 610 is the bear on the left and 901 is thought to be the bear on the right.
2019.07.17: In a video posted on 7/17/2019 by Kris Hazelton, 610 can be seen at 1:32-1:46 and playing with a dark subadult at 14:35-15:05
2019.07.19-07.23: Tom Fenske Photography captured this photo of 610 during his 7/19-7/23/2019 trip to Brooks Camp.
2019.07.21: 610 catches 812's attention video by mckate. 610 is a true cubadult having been abandoned by her mother 171 and surviving on her own since she was just 1.5 years old. She looks like a young sub, but is an adult at 6.5 years old. 812 is two years her junior.:
610 video by Cruiser:
610 near the elevated bridge video by Lani H.:
In a 7/21/2019 video by Victoria White, 435 Holly is seen on the spit. At 3:10, 610 appears from the right. There is no interaction between the two bears.
2019.07.22: Park visitor Debbie Tubridy captured this photo of 610 (right), 910 (left) and 909 (back) on the lower river, 7/22/2019.
2019.07.26: 821 and 610 followed by 775 Lefty at the oxbow video by Lani H.:
"The Thinker", 7/26/2019 photo of 610 by Daniel Glenn.
2019.07.27-07.30: Modern Day Explorer captured multiple photos of 610 on their trip to Brooks Camp, July 23, 2019-July 30, 2019. #1 (middle), #2 (right), #3 (right), #4 (middle), #5 (far), #6 , #7, #8 (middle), #9 (middle), #10 (middle), #11 (left), #12 (middle back), #13 (middle back), #14 and #15. 610 can also be seen in 13 photos on 7/30/2019. She is the bear on the right in all the photos. Click the right arrow after viewing the first photo to see 12 additional photos. Male bear 821 (darker with a right hip scar) and female bear 831 (lighter with a left rear leg scar) appear to be the other 2 bears in the 13 photos. 831 is speculated to be 821's sibling. They are often seen playing together.
2019.07.28: 610 stands up to 908 video by mckate. 610 is two years older than 708 Amelia's brat er...sub which shows just how small she is for her age.:
610 fishes the lip video by mckate.:
610 on the lip video by Lani H.:
Nine Bears video by mckate. 912/13 saunters by, 610 fishes near pool, 806 eats on lip, 821 fishes on lip, 812 gets fish stolen by white-clawed sow in the J, 83 fishes by table rock, 801 leaves the office, 480 sits by the trail. 806 leaves the lip when she sees 812 come out of the J. He's her buddy.:
2019.07.29: 610 has words with 503 Cubadult video by Lani H.:
2019.08.04: 610 (lighter) and 831 (darker) were observed together on the closed path eating grass, 8/4/2019 video by mckate. 831 appears to possibly have a wound on her left rear leg.
Goof_n and Kacko were at Brooks Camp at the same time as mckate's above video. Goof_n and Kacko cpatured this photograph of 610 (left) wtih 831 (right) (p 02/05/2020 21:46 ). Kacko and Goof_n captured this photograph of 610 (left) with 831 (right) (p 08/30/2019 10:18 ). Goof_n posted 2 additional photos of 610 and 831 from 8/4/2019 on 3/10/2020, photo #1 and #2. 610 is the blonder of the two bears.
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2019.09.06: 610 returns to the lower river video by mckate. 610 was abandoned by 171 as a yearling in 2015. From what was observed on the cams, she was alone from July 11, 2015 until July 25, 2017 when she let Velcro approach her. That's why she was known as the "Lone Cub." She's sure done a great job of overcoming her scary and isolated cubhood.:
2019.09.07: 610 and 151 Walker watch and wait video by mckate.:610 in the far pool video by Lani H.:
610 by the fallen log, 9/7/2019 video by Casper Pike.
610 explores the lip, 9/7/2019 video by Birgitt.
2019.09.08: 610 causes a salmon boil in the lower river gif created by Blair-55:
Jason Joseph Photography captured this 9/8/2019 photo of 610.
2019.09.09: 610 in the jacuzzi video by Lani H.:
2019.09.14: Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor scooch captured a photo of 610 taken on 9/14/2019. Scooch commented on 3/11/2020: "Courageous 610 gazes at her reflection...September 14, 2019 - this is one of my very favorite photos from our trip to Brooks. Mirror, mirror, When hardships befall, Who is the bravest of them all."
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610 visits the falls video by Lani H.:
Casper Pike filmed 610 in this 9/15/2019 video. 610 appears to the left of the island at 1:31.
Brooks Camp visitor and cam viewer scooch captured photos of 610 sitting on a rock on 9/15/2019. Photos #1, #2 and #3 were shared by scooch on 3/11/2020. Scooch shared additional photos of 610 near the Brooks Falls island on 3/12/2020. Photos #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7. Scooch shared photos of 610 on 6/21/2020, #1, #2 and #3.
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2019.09.18: 610 has words with 909 video by mckate. They both wanted to be in line for Walker's scraps. 610 finally prevailed when 909 gave up and went to fish in the J. 909 might be larger but 610 is twice her age so has experience on her side.:
2019.10.01: 610 chases down a fish video by mckate.:
2020: 6.5 Year-Old Adult Female
2020.06.25: 610 returned to Brooks Camp on 6/25/2020. She could be seen walking along the spit road, video by mckate.
6/25/2020 video by Birgitt.
2020.08.07: Blair-55 created these gifs (#1 & #2 ) of 610 at the falls (p 08/07/2020 09:41 ). The gif files were 10.2 and 10.3 MD, wiki would not permit them to be uploaded here. Use above #1 & #2 links.:
Known Courting & Mating:
None known as of 2018 season.
Known Litters of Cubs:
None known as of 2018 season.
Mother: 171, Speculated
Some cam viewers speculate that 610 is the 2015 abandoned yearling of 171. and bear monitoring records reflect that park staff also share in the speculation . When last observed in 2014, 171 was observed with a remaining spring cub. When first observed in 2015, 171 was a single female. Around the same time a young, small subadult was observed; that subadult having a strong resemblance to 171's 2014 remaining spring cub. This cub would have been a yearling in 2015 and the size of the subadult also seems to support the possiblity that 610 could be this remaining 171 2014 offspring.
610's father is not known to us at this time.
Littermate: 1 Smaller, Darker Littermate for part of 2014
If 610 is the lighter of the two 2014 offspring of 171, then 610 had one littermate. A smaller, darker spring cub. The smaller, darker spring cubs was separated from the family group in 2014. See July - August 2014 above in the Life History Section of 610's page.
Offspring: None as of 2018 Season
Genetics Study Samples Obtained:
2016: None Known
There were no known darting attempts in 2016 by Ranger Michael Saxton
2017: None Known
There were no known darting attempts in 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton
2018 & 2019: Not Known
We are awaiting darting information from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P staff.