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68

Adult Male

Year First Identified:  2007 as a subadult

Known Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) in 2016 or 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.



Identification:

68 is large bodied with a light brown coat in the summer that shows distinctive scars on his left shoulder and right side of his muzzle.  His face sheds out dark, and his ears are widely spaced.  In the fall, 68 has light eye rings and sports a dark brown coat with slightly blond tipped ears.

Distinctive Behaviors:

This bear has been seen at Brooks River every year since 2007, though most years he was only observed in the fall.  68 was seen at Brooks River in July 2013 and again in July 2016.  In July 2016, he regularly fished at the falls and often ate his catch on the boulder in the far pool.

Life History:

Bear 68 is an adult male bear who's identity became a source of mystery during the 2015 bear season when a close up video of him in the Lower River section of Brooks River made him an internet star on September 20, 2015. Bear 68 was then dubbed "Rie's Bear" for the rest of the fall season until his true identity as Bear 68 was revealed with the release of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River bear book.

In the 2016 season, his identity again became a source of great mystery as he was initially mis-identified as Bear 274 Overflow. It was subsequently discovered that this bear was indeed a different bear than #274 and he was then dubbed "Not274" until Ranger Leslie Skora, Katmai's current wildlife biologist and at the time, Katmai's bear monitor, confirmed that the bear known as "Not274" and Bear 68 were indeed the same bear.

2007:

68 was first identified as a subadult in 2007.

October 2007:

Mike Fitz shared these 2007 NPS photos of 68   10/02/2007 photo & 10/10/2007 photo :

2008:

September 2008:

2008.09.20:

2008.09.30:

2009:

Add here

2010:

Park visitor Amber Johns blog "The Adventures of Amber" includes this photo from her trip.  Could this be 68 in 2010?  (Thank you Marie G for finding this blog post and photo).  

September 2010:

2010.09.02:

2010.09.04:

2010.09.06: 2010.09.08: 2010.09.24:

2011:

September 2011:

In September 2011, 68 suffered through a large wound on his lower right leg.  At the end of the month, he had trouble moving that leg and appeared to be dragging it.  However, he appears to have made a full recovery and has even grown in size.  His history is another example of toughness and resiliency ~ a hallmark of brown bears.

October 2011:

2011.10.01:

2011.10.05:

2012:

August 2012:

2012.08.30:

2012.08.31:

September 2012:

2012.09.04:

October 2012:

2012.10.05:

2013:

July 2013:

68 was observed in July 2013.

Fall 2013:

68 was observed in Fall 2013.

2014:

68 was only observed in Fall 2014.

October 2014:

2014.10.04: 68, though it was unknown at the time, was later discovered to be the "unknown male" play fighting in the "Three-way play flight" album posted by Ranger Jeanne with Bear 83 and 868 in the Lower River on October 4, 2014.

Ranger Jeanne's flickr album of 68 playing with the Wayne Brothers 83 & 868.

On February 21, 2018 (68's "2018 bear-a-day" day on bearcam comments), Mike Fitz popped into the comments and shared the following videos in this comment :

"In 2014, I witness 83, 68, and 868 play-fighting in the lower river, even all of them at the same time. Play-fights are usually one-on-one affairs, so it was unusual to see the three of them playing. My best explanation: They were well fed and the mood was right."    (Mike's 1st video link):

Three way play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68, 83 Wayne Brother & 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

Three way play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68, 83 Wayne Brother & 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

"Here's part of the conclusion between 868 and 68." (Mike's 2nd video link):

Play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68 and 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

Play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68 and 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

2014.10.20:  868 Wayne Brother and possibly 68 video by JoeBear:
868 Wayne Brother & possibly 68 October 20, 2014 video by JoeBear-0

868 Wayne Brother & possibly 68 October 20, 2014 video by JoeBear-0


2014.10.24: 

Could this be 68 in this video by Tzz Oha?

2014 10 24 Alaska KNP - A tired Bear ( 68 Rie's bear) Part 1 by Tzz Oha

2014 10 24 Alaska KNP - A tired Bear ( 68 Rie's bear) Part 1 by Tzz Oha

Could this be 68 napping in this video by Tzz Oha?:

2014.10

2014.10.24 From a tired to sleeping Bear ( 68 Rie's bear) Part 2 video by Tzz Oha

2015:

68 was only observed in Fall 2015:

September 2015:

2015.09.19:

2015.09.20:  68 is a bear that was relatively unknown to cam viewers until today when he became the ROCK STAR!

68 video by JoeBear:

Power of a Dream 68 September 20, 2015 video by JoeBear

Power of a Dream 68 September 20, 2015 video by JoeBear

68 video by Victoria White:

68 Bear at Katmai September 20, 2015 by Victoria White

68 Bear at Katmai September 20, 2015 by Victoria White

68 video by Explore:

Bear nap - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 20, 2015

Bear nap - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 20, 2015

On March 28, 2016, Ranger Mike commented providing the identification of the bear observed on September 20, 2015 as bear 68:

"Remember this? (providing the September 20, 2015 Explore highlights video above)

At the time, I didn’t know the ID of the bear or if it even had one, but now I do. He’s #68, an adult male. Here’s a sneak peek at his profile in the next edition of the Bears of Brooks River ebook.

Year First Identified: Subadult in 2007
Identification
#68 is large bodied with a dark coat. His fur sometimes has lighter highlights around his face and neck. He also has light-tipped, oval ears and lighter circles around his eyes.

Life History
Not much is known about this bear. Although he has been seen at Brooks River every year since 2007, he often goes unnoticed. This bear has been documented on Brooks River in July just once in 2013. Most often he is only seen in the fall.

In September 2011, he suffered through a large wound on his lower right leg. At the end of the month, he had trouble moving that leg and appeared to be dragging. However, he appears to have made a full recovery and has even grown in size. His history is another example of toughness and resiliency—a hallmark of bears."

2015.09.28:

2015.09.29:

October 2015:

2015.10.08:  Explore Recorder video of 68 close-up:

68 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 10-08-2015 19 18 25 - 19 23 24 (time is probably Pacific Time) Explore Recorder video

68 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 10-08-2015 19 18 25 - 19 23 24 (time is probably Pacific Time) Explore Recorder video

2016:

68 was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 62.

68 in 2016 video of snapshots by GreenRiver:

Brown Bear No

Brown Bear No. 68, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska 2016 video by GreenRiver

July 2016:

68 was observed during official bear monitoring session by the KNP&P bear monitor.  The July 2016 photos of 68 included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book (page 66) have sparked much debate regarding if the bear in the July 2016 NPS photos is in fact 68 or is the bear in those July 2017 really 603 (the original 603 , the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book #801 , not the 603 in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 78 )?  What are your thoughts?

2016.07.03:  68 and 747 strut their stuff in this video by Mike Fitz.:

Big Male Bears Strut Their Stuff (July 3, 2016) by Mike Fitz-0

Big Male Bears Strut Their Stuff (July 3, 2016) by Mike Fitz-0

Mike Fitz' full breakdown of the above video can be read in his Strut Your Stuff blog.

Mike does identify both 68 and 747 in his Strut Your Stuff blog.:

August 2016:

2016.08.30:  68 and 151 Walker video by Brenda D:

08.30

08.30.2016 - 151 Walker play fighting with 68 video by Brenda D

September 2016:

2016.09.08:  Shel posted an Explore video link to a 9/8/2016 Play by Play with Ranger David Kopshever on 5/21/2020. Shel noted: "Live Chat by David Kopshever -- 68 is the dark bear upstream from the mossy rock at 7:01 and 27:18 (narration near 7:15, 27:22, 35:20, 1:21:30, etc., states the bear wasn't numbered and/or recognizable at the time). Explore Recorder video (uploaded 9/12/16 -- video by Brenda D of the same live chat lists the chat date as 9/8/16)." 

Ranger Dave - Katmai National Park - Brown Bear Play By Play, 9 8 2016 video by Explore Bears and Bison

Ranger Dave - Katmai National Park - Brown Bear Play By Play, 9 8 2016 video by Explore Bears and Bison

Brenda D video:

09.08

09.08.2016 - Ranger Dave's Play by Play, Brooks Falls, Katmai NPP, Alaska, video by Brenda D


2016.09.16:  

Cam viewer and park visitor Larinor was at Brooks Camp on 09/16/2016 ~ need to see if she is willing to have her photos of 68 from that day shared here.

Approximately 10:40 into this Explore Recorder video there is great close-up footage of 68 and 879 (note: times listed are Pacific Time not Alaska Time):

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-16-2016 19 00 01 - 19 59 59

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-16-2016 19 00 01 - 19 59 59

2016.09.18:  68 backs 151 Walker out of the far pool, 9/18/2016 video by Lani H.

09.18

09.18.2016 - 68 Lets 151 Walker Know He's Too Close, video by Lani H


2016.09.24:  68 in the office video by Ratna:

68 in the office September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

68 in the office September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

68 and 151 Walker video by Ratna:

151 Walker meet 68! September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

151 Walker meet 68! September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

At approximately 12:10 on September 24, 2016 Pleiadians Bear captured this video of 68 in the far pool.:

Beautiful bear 68 Close up at far pool. Sep 24 2016

Beautiful bear 68 Close up at far pool. Sep 24 2016. 12 10 pm by Pleiadians Bear

2016.09.26:  Ranger Leslie Skora (2016 KNP&P bear monitor) discusses 68 in the September 26, 2016 live chat.  Ranger Leslie's opinion is that 68 is the bear that cam viewers have been referring to as "mystery bear" / "Not274".  

(NEED LINK TO 2016.09.26 LIVE CHAT)

2016.09.30:  68 and 634 Popeye video by Brenda D.:

09.30

09.30.2016 - Bear 68 and 634 Popeye by Brenda D-0

October 2016:

2016.10.01:  68 and 480 Ortis negotiate rights to earning a living in the "office".  480 Otis eventually plays the seniority card.  151 Walker approaches 480 Otis from the far pool.  Video by Ratna:

Someone's gotta give..

Someone's gotta give... Otis and 68 at the office October 1, 2016 video by Ratna

2016.10.18:  68 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).:

68 on 2016 10 18 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

68 on 2016 10 18 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

68 in the far pool video by Ratna:

Gorgeous 68 October 18, 2016 video by Ratna

Gorgeous 68 October 18, 2016 video by Ratna

2016.10.25:  Ranger Leslie Skora (2016 KNP&P bear monitor) discusses 68 at 25:50 into this live chat :

2016.10

2016.10.25 End Of Brown Bear Season Katmai National Park - Live Chat

2017:

68 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 66.

July 2017:

2017.07.20:  68 can be seen in this 7/20/2017 video by Brenda D from 12:14-13:25. He is viewed carrying a fish toward the island to eat where 83 Wayne Brother is napping and 39 and her 3 yearlings are fishing for scraps.

07.20

07.20.2017 - Bear Family, 83 Wayne Brother, IDK Scarface (68) on the Island, video by Brenda D

2017.07.21:  ElaineDE shared these 7/21/2017 photos of 68 on 5/13/2020, #1, #2 and #3.

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

2017.07.22:  68 can be seen from 8:15-17:55 in front of 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings, 7/22/2017 video by Brenda D.128 Grazer charges 68 at 16:13 but there is no altercation.

07.22

07.22.2017 - 128 Grazer And Cubs Plus IDK Scarface (68) and 755, video by Brenda D

2017.07.23:  On the evening of 7/23/2017,  park visitor and cam viewer JstDucky captured and shared these photos of 68 (thought to be bear 611 at that time), #1, #2 and #3.

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

Park visitor and cam viewer Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured these ten 7/23/2017 photos of 68, #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 & #10. Photos are used with permission.

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



Brenda D captured this 7/23/2017 video of 68. 68's forehead and shoulder wounds (including the "<" wound near his right shoulder) were visible.

07.23

07.23.2017 IDK Scarface Bear (68) in the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

2017.07.24:  68 (with his back against the rock wall in the far pool) and 32 Chunk have words in the beginning of this 7/24/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.24

07.24.2017 - 480 Otis, 32 Chunk, 755 Scare D Bear, IDK Scarface (68), video by Brenda D

68 is seen on top of the falls in this 7/24/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.24

07.24.2017 - Scarface (68), video by Brenda D

128 Grazer charges 68 on top of the falls at 0:36 as 775 Lefty and 480 Otis (in the far pool) breathe a sigh of relief that it was not them. Video by Brenda D on 7/24/2017.

07.24

07.24.2017 - Scarface (68) and 128 Grazer have an Interaction, video by Brenda D

2017.07.25:  68 (far) and 151 Walker (near) are seen in the far pool in this 7/25/2017 video by Brenda D. 151 Walker is fearful of 68 as he moves forward, 151 Walker backs up. 68 moves to the top of the falls for a close-up.

07.25

07.25.2017 - 151 Walker and Scarface (68) in the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

August 2017:

2017.08.21: 68 returns to Brooks Falls, 8/21/2017 video by flyer 7474.

68 Returns to Brooks Falls 2017 08 21, video by flyer 7474

68 Returns to Brooks Falls 2017 08 21, video by flyer 7474

 68 and 32 Chunk video by Brenda D.

08.21

08.21.2017 - 32 Chunk And 68 at the Falls, video by Brenda D-0

503 meets 68 but plays it safe, 8/21/2017 video by flyer 7474.

503-68 2017 08 21, video by flyer 7474

503-68 2017 08 21, video by flyer 7474

2017.08.22:  68 and 719 interaction:

68 and 719 interaction video by Ratna:
719 takes on 68 at the falls August 22, 2017 video by Ratna

719 takes on 68 at the falls August 22, 2017 video by Ratna

Brenda D captured this video of 68 and 719 having words in the office.:

08.22

08.22.2017 - 68 and 719 Have Words in the Office by Brenda D

68 and 719 encounter, 8/22/2017 video by flyer 7474.

68-719 Encounter at Brooks Falls 2017 08 22, video by flyer 7474

68-719 Encounter at Brooks Falls 2017 08 22, video by flyer 7474

Bear 68 moves from the "J" when 32 Chunk shows up at Brooks Falls while 503 looks on. But 503 becomes bold and snags a salmon from the far pool as 32 looks on, 8/22/2017 video by flyer 7474.

32 Enters and 68 Moves, 503 snags a fish, 8 22 2017 video by flyer 7474

32 Enters and 68 Moves, 503 snags a fish, 8 22 2017 video by flyer 7474

2017.08.24 approximately 18:10:  Described by KCanada :  "On August 24 2017, there was another encounter between 68 and 719. She got another smack from 68, one that was a little more forceful than 2 days before.  SteveCA shows the encounter both from the Falls cam view and the Riffles cam. You can see while she runs from 68, she doesn't go far:"  68 and 719 encounter video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).:

68- 719 Encounter 2 2017 08 24 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

68- 719 Encounter 2 2017 08 24 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.08.28:  Bookmom's snapshot of 68  with her description of him :

"Longish head, thick neck, curved light-tipped ears and then hump, slump, rump profile." 

2017.08 28: 68 kicks 151 Walker out of the far pool (at 15:11) , 8/28/2017 Explore Recorder video.

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 08-28-2017 21 00 13 - 21 59 59

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 08-28-2017 21 00 13 - 21 59 59


September 2017:

68 in 2017 video of snapshots by GreenRiver:

Big Beautiful Brown Bear No

Big Beautiful Brown Bear No. 68 at Brooks River, 2017 video by GreenRiver

2017.09.02:

19:49:  68 gets "grazered" by 128 Grazer video by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA):

128-68 2017 09 02 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128-68 2017 09 02 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.03:

09:09:  68 gets "grazered" by 128 Grazer video by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA):

128-68 2017 09 03 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128-68 2017 09 03 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

68 gets "grazered" by 128 Grazer video by Ratna:

128 Grazer grazes 68. Pick on someone your own size

128 Grazer grazes 68. Pick on someone your own size. September 3, 2017 video by Ratna

68 blowing bubbles video by Ratna
68 blowing bubbles September 3, 2017 video by Ratna

68 blowing bubbles September 3, 2017 video by Ratna

Explore video of 68 blowing bubbles: (Published 9/7/2017 but probably from 9/3/2017 like Ratna's video just above)

Bear 68 Blows Bubbles - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 7, 2017 Explore video

Bear 68 Blows Bubbles - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 7, 2017 Explore video

2017.09.08:  32 Chunk, 480 Otis, 68 and 83 Wayne Brother at the falls video by Ratna:

32 Chunk, 480 Otis, 68, & 83 Wayne Brother September 8, 2017 video by Ratna

32 Chunk, 480 Otis, 68, & 83 Wayne Brother September 8, 2017 video by Ratna

2017.09.09:  

During a play-by-play with Ranger Becca (providing commentary of the bear activity on the Brooks River) and Ranger David Kopshever (performing parabolic microphone operation) bear 474 and 32 Chunk have an altercation.  68 was in close proximity to the interaction between 474 and 32.  Brenda D recorded this video of the play-by-play.

09.09

09.09.2017 - Ranger Becca Play by Play at Brooks Falls video by Brenda D

Ratna's video that focuses more on the time period just prior to and during the 474 / 32 altercation with 68 in close proximity:

Vicious fight at the falls 474 and 32 September 9, 2017 video by Ratna

Vicious fight at the falls 474 and 32 September 9, 2017 video by Ratna

Park visitors and cam viewers, Cheri and Dale were on the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform during the play-by-play and shared their experience in this blog with photos of 68 during the 474 / 32 altercation.

2017.09.19:  Bear 747 has an interaction with Bears 474 then 68, 9/19/2017 video by flyer 7474.

747 Interactions With 474 and 68 At Brooks Falls 2017 09 19, video by flyer7474

747 Interactions With 474 and 68 At Brooks Falls 2017 09 19, video by flyer7474

2017.09.21 OR PRIOR:  32 Chunk chases 68 in this Explore highlight video (published 9/21/2017 but probably from a different date).:

Bear 32 Chases 68 - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight Published September 21, 2017

Bear 32 Chases 68 - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight Published September 21, 2017

October 2017:

2017.10.01:  68 video by birdnerd57:

2017-10-01 Gull lands on Bear 68 while he is eating a fish! video by birdnerd57

2017-10-01 Gull lands on Bear 68 while he is eating a fish! video by birdnerd57

Flyer 7474's 10/1/2017 video of 68.

68 and Alice 2017 10 01, video by flyer 7474

68 and Alice 2017 10 01, video by flyer 7474

SP-GA's snapshot of 68 with gull on his back.:

2017.10.02:  68 video by Susan Tunstall:

2017.10

2017.10.02 Explore org Katmai Brooks Falls Contender for Fat Bear Contest video by Susan Tunstall

2017.10.03:  68 in the jacuzzi video by Brenda D:

10.03

10.03.2017 - 68 Up Close in the Jacuzzi video by Brenda D

2017.10.06:  68 video by Ratna:

Beautiful 68 October 6, 2017 video by Ratna

Beautiful 68 October 6, 2017 video by Ratna

Flyer 7474 captured 10/6/2017 video of 68 on a sunny day.

68 "On A Sunny Day" 2017 10 06, video by flyer 7474

68 "On A Sunny Day" 2017 10 06, video by flyer 7474

2017.10.07:  4.5 year old 503 Cubadult does not want to give up the jacuzzi to 15 year old 68 and is quite vocal about it. Turn up your volume! 806 is fishing the lip and makes a big catch at the end of the 10/7/2017 video by flyer 7474.

A Confrontation and A Nice Save 2017 10 07, video by flyer 7474

A Confrontation and A Nice Save 2017 10 07, video by flyer 7474.

2018:

2018 Season:

JG created this video of observations from the 2018 season to demonstrate how the bear believed to be 603 (on page 78 in the 2018 Bears of Brooks Book ~ the one with the "<" wound on his right side) transitions into the fall bear we have come to know as 68 (aka Rie's bear).  

603 68 throughout 2018 Season by JG (603 being the bear with the " " wound on his right side ~ the 603 according to the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 78)

603 68 throughout 2018 Season by JG (603 being the bear with the " " wound on his right side ~ the 603 according to the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 78)

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 2018 season observations of bears "Could it be Bear 68".  Deanna said when sharing her video:  "I titled it “Could it be 68”because I struggle to ID him early in the season, so I’m sure there are some snapshots & video that aren’t him.":

Could it be Bear 68 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

Could it be Bear 68 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

July 2018:

2018.07.11:  Could this be 68 that 747 is unsuccessful at displacing form the jacuzzi?  Video by Lani H.:

747 tries and fails to displace unknown bear 7 11 2018 appx 2 45pm AK by Lani H-0

747 tries and fails to displace unknown bear 7 11 2018 appx 2 45pm AK by Lani H-0

2018.07.22:  An unidentified boar (68 maybe?) displaces 856 from the jacuzzi video by Lani H:

Unknown boar displaces 856 7 22 2018 by Lani H

Unknown boar displaces 856 7 22 2018 by Lani H

Explore recorder video   At 18:30 -- 856 is in the J, 68 is eating a fish near the island, and 747 is downstream from the rock near the office. 68 displaces 856 from the J.:

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 07-22-2018 23 01 39 - 07-23-2018 00 01 40 Explore Recorder-0

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 07-22-2018 23 01 39 - 07-23-2018 00 01 40 Explore Recorder-0

August 2018: 

2018.08.10:  68 in the far pool, 8/10/2018 video by Lani H.

68 in the far pool 8 10 2018, video by Lani H-1

68 in the far pool 8 10 2018, video by Lani H-1

747 and 68 have words, 8/10/2018 video by Lani H.

747 and 68 have words 8 10 2018, video by Lani H

747 and 68 have words 8 10 2018, video by Lani H

2018.08.14:  747 and 68 have a long discussion on top of the falls, 8/14/2018 video by mckate.

14 Aug 2018 747 and 68 Have Long Discussion Atop the Falls, video by mckate

14 Aug 2018 747 and 68 Have Long Discussion Atop the Falls, video by mckate

747 stops eating to confront 68 on top of the falls, 8/14/2018 video by Lani H.

747 stops eating to confront 68? on top of the falls 8 14 2018, video by Lani H

747 stops eating to confront 68? on top of the falls 8 14 2018, video by Lani H

September 2018:

2018.09.09:  68 in the jacuzzi, 9/9/2018 video by Lani H.

68 in the jacuzzi 9 9 2018, video by Lani H

68 in the jacuzzi 9 9 2018, video by Lani H

634 Popeye and 68 get into a kerfuffle in the far pool, 9/9/2018 video by Lani H.

634 Popey and 68 get into a kerfuffle in the far pool 9 9 2018, video by Lani H

634 Popey and 68 get into a kerfuffle in the far pool 9 9 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.10:  68 backs 151 out of the far pool (at 29:55) as 480 Otis relaxes in the office, 9/10/2018 Explore recorder video.

Brooks Falls Brown Bears 09-10-2018 19 00 10 - 20 00 00

Brooks Falls Brown Bears 09-10-2018 19 00 10 - 20 00 00

68 and 151 Walker have words, 9/10/2018 video by Lani H.

68 and 151 Walker have words 9 10 2018, video by Lani H-0

68 and 151 Walker have words 9 10 2018, video by Lani H-0

"Boar Alley",  9/10/2018 video by Birgitt. Left to right at 0:08 are 68, 856, 747 and 634 Popeye.

856 634 747 68M in Boar Alley 2018-09-10 22-45-08-730, video by Birgitt

856 634 747 68M in Boar Alley 2018-09-10 22-45-08-730, video by Birgitt


2018.09.12 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

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

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

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

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

480 and 68 sing a duet 12Sep2018 by tsaneda

68 sitting on top of the falls, 9/12/2018 video by Lani H.

68 sitting on top of the falls 9 12 2018, video by Lani H

68 sitting on top of the falls 9 12 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.14:  "The most dominant boar at Brooks River (of the 2018 season), 856 walks carefully past the second most dominant boar, 747 at the J and then heads for the far pool where he pics a fight with bear 68." in this video by Birgitt.:

856 Leaves J Past 747 & Goes After 68 2018-09-14 21-56-50-107 by Birgitt

856 Leaves J Past 747 & Goes After 68 2018-09-14 21-56-50-107 by Birgitt

68 fishes the jacuzzi, 9/14/2018 video by Lani H.

68 shows up to fish the jacuzzi 9 14 2018, video by Lani H

68 shows up to fish the jacuzzi 9 14 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.14 - 2018.09.17:  Ratna shared these photos (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 68.:

2018.09.15:  856 and 68 have words, 9/15/2018 video by Lani H.

856 and 68 have words 9 15 2018, video by Lani H

856 and 68 have words 9 15 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.16:  856 chases 68 out of the jacuzzi, 9/16/2018 video by Lani H.

856 chases 68 out of the jacuzzi 9 16 2018, video by Lani h

856 chases 68 out of the jacuzzi 9 16 2018, video by Lani h

2018.09.18:  68 takes a very long nap on the lower river, 9/18/2018 video  by Lani H.

68 took a very long nap, only recorded a couple min of it 9 18 2018, video by Lani H

68 took a very long nap, only recorded a couple min of it 9 18 2018, video by Lani H

2018.09.20:  Lots of shuffling by the big boys. 747 has words with 68 and 856 has words with 32 Chunk, 9/20/2018 video by Lani H.

Lots of shuffling by the big boys 747 has words with 68 and 856 has words with 32 9 20 2018, video by Lani H

Lots of shuffling by the big boys 747 has words with 68 and 856 has words with 32 9 20 2018, video by Lani H


2018.09.22:  480 Otis displaces 68 with minimal caloric expenditure video by mckate.:

22 Sep 2018 480 Otis Displaces 68 With Minimal Caloric Expenditure by mckate

22 Sep 2018 480 Otis Displaces 68 With Minimal Caloric Expenditure by mckate

At 50:18 into this Explore Recorder video , 480 Otis tells 68 to move, but 68 (believed to be more dominant than 480) doesn't react very aggressively against Otis. 68 casually departs a few minutes later. 480 and 68 are two of the most beautiful bears in the fall when their new coats have grown in, but the rich color of their fall coats isn't well represented in this video.  

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-22-2018 16 00 10 - 16 59 56 Explore Recorder-0

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-22-2018 16 00 10 - 16 59 56 Explore Recorder-0

Shel captured these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 & #10 ) of 480 Otis (left) with 68 (right) (p 01/26/2020 13:34 ).:

2018.09.25:  747 kind of sits on 68 video by tsaneda:

747 kind of sits on 68 25Sep2018 by tsaneda-0

747 kind of sits on 68 25Sep2018 by tsaneda-0

2018.09.28:  68 and 83 Wayne Brother have a little meet up in the lower river video by Lani H.:

83 Wayne Brother and 68 have a little meet up 9 28 2018 by Lani H

83 Wayne Brother and 68 have a little meet up 9 28 2018 by Lani H

2018.09.30:  68 in the lower river video by Birgitt.:

68 Feeding on LR Pt 2 2018-09-30 13-33-13-695 by Birgitt

68 Feeding on LR Pt 2 2018-09-30 13-33-13-695 by Birgitt

Cruiser shared this 9/30/2018 snapshot of 68 on 5/13/2020.

68 in the office, 9/30/2018 video by Lani H.

68 in the office 9 30 2018, video by Lani H

68 in the office 9 30 2018, video by Lani H

October 2018:

2018.10.05:  68 displaces 83 Wayne Brother from the jacuzzi in this 10/5/2018 video by mckate.

5 Oct 2018 68 Displaces 83 Wayne Brother, video by mckate-0

5 Oct 2018 68 Displaces 83 Wayne Brother, video by mckate-0

32 Chunk clears the lip and steals 68's fish in this 10/5/2018 video by mckate.

5 Oct 2018 32 Clears Lip and Steals 68's Fish, video by mckate

5 Oct 2018 32 Clears Lip and Steals 68's Fish, video by mckate

32 Chunk pirates another salmon from 68, 10/5/2018 video by Lani H.

32 Chunk pirates another salmon from 68 10 5 2018, video by Lani H

32 Chunk pirates another salmon from 68 10 5 2018, video by Lani H

68 and 32 Chunk have words when 32 Chunk pirates 68's fish, 10/5/2018 video by Lani H.

68 and 32 Chunk have words when 32 Chunk pirates 68's fish 10 5 2018, video by Lani H

68 and 32 Chunk have words when 32 Chunk pirates 68's fish 10 5 2018, video by Lani H

856 and 68 have words in the far pool, 10/5/2018 video by Lani H.

856 and 68 have words in the far pool 10 5 2018, video by Lani H

856 and 68 have words in the far pool 10 5 2018, video by Lani H


2018.10.06:  68 (a large mature adult male) and 503 Cubadult (now a young adult male) playing in this video by Birgitt.:

503 & 68 Playing at Brooks Falls 2018-10-06 1 by Birgitt

503 & 68 Playing at Brooks Falls 2018-10-06 1 by Birgitt

503 and 68 play, 10/6/2018 video by Lani H.

503 and 68 play 10 6 2018, video by Lani H

503 and 68 play 10 6 2018, video by Lani H

2018.10:07:  856 goes back to the office and has words with 68, 10/7/2018 video by Lani H.

856 goes back to the office and has words with 68 10 7 2018, video by Lani H

856 goes back to the office and has words with 68 10 7 2018, video by Lani H

2019:  

2019 season:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2019 video of 68.

Bear 68 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 68 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

2019.??.??:  775 Lefty is the star of this video 2019 Alaska Nice Bears by Yair Leopold.  775 Lefty on the lip with 856 in the far pool and possibly 68 between the jacuzzi and the island.:

2019 Alaska Nice Bears by Yari Leopold-0

2019 Alaska Nice Bears by Yari Leopold-0

July 2019:

2019.07.02: 747 is challenged for his fishing spot in the jacuzzi by an unidentified boar (68 maybe?).  Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org was doing a play-by-play from the Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform at the time of this fight between the two large boars.  The narration by Mike starts at 28:14.  Video by Brenda D of the complete play-by-play with Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org:

07.02

07.02.2019 - Live Play by Play with Mike Fitz, video by Brenda D

Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org, discusses the fight between 747 and 68 in a July 3, 2019 Explore Blog, A Fight for Dominance.  The blog includes a video and photos.

Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor Truman Everts was on the Brooks Falls platform on 7/2/2019 and witnessed the 68/747 fight firsthand. Truman shared a number of photos and comments about the battle on 5/13/2020. Share and photo #1.  Share and photo #2. Share and photo #3. Share and photo #4.  Share  and photo #5.  Share and photo #6. Share and photo #7.

Truman Everts comments with each photo: Photo 1. "Not a crisp, great shot...but it's 68, just about 3 minutes before his 7/2/19 confrontation...kind of telegraphing his mood. re. 747. That diagonal mark between the eyes makes ID relativelyeasy.​​​"​​​​ Photo 2. "This one probably should've been the first post. 68 (top) is advancing and huffing his cheeks...it's his challenge." Photo 3. "Since it's "68 Day" well, this is probably the best look at his face during this serious confrontation." Photo 4. "Surely the 68/747 face off of July 2, 2019 has been posted...here's what it looked like from the first row...​​​"​​​​ Photo 5. "No one knew who this bear--who was getting the better of 747--was...or how far he'd go when he had 747 down..." Photo 6. "Very hard to watch in the moment...but now--knowing no one got badly hurt--it doesn't bother me as much..." Photo 7. 68's face wasn't real visible for most of the fight...but the contortions revealed many fresh wounds."

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The July 5, 2019 Explore Bearcam Week in Review discusses the fight between 68 and 747. 856 challenges 68 (?) video by Birgitt:

856 Challenges 68 Upon His Arrival at the Falls 2019-07-02 14-42-06-397 by Birgitt-0

856 Challenges 68 Upon His Arrival at the Falls 2019-07-02 14-42-06-397 by Birgitt-0

Tzusrule shared these snapshot collages (#1 & #2 ):

747-68 Bear Encounter video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).  Steve included what happened before the fight. "747 kicks 83 out of the J twice, and then goes over to confront 68 over by the far wall.  This time when the fight was on in the J for the first time I noticed that 909 was fishing the lip and ignored the whole thing, and even caught a salmon during the middle of the battle. And I also noticed as per usual there was 503 being the Looky Lou watching the fight and taking notes.":

747-68 Bear Encounter 2019 07 02 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

747-68 Bear Encounter 2019 07 02 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

747 and an unidentified boar (68 maybe?) fight during a play-by-play with Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org.  747 lost this battle of the big boars.

Video by Lee Block:

Dominance @ Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park July 2, 2019 by Lee Block (747 & Who? 68 Maybe?)-1

Dominance @ Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park July 2, 2019 by Lee Block (747 & Who? 68 Maybe?)-1

Video by Ratna:

747 and mystery bear fight 7 2 2019 by Ratna (68 maybe?)

747 and mystery bear fight 7 2 2019 by Ratna (68 maybe?)

Video by Lani H.:

Fight between 747 and 68, view from PBP and falls cam 7 2 2019 by Lani H

Fight between 747 and 68, view from PBP and falls cam 7 2 2019 by Lani H

Video by mckate.

2 Jul 2019 68 and 747 Battle, video by mckate

2 Jul 2019 68 and 747 Battle, video by mckate

Video by Birgitt.

747 & 68 Fight at the Falls 2019-07-02 20-30-08-011, video by Birgitt

747 & 68 Fight at the Falls 2019-07-02 20-30-08-011, video by Birgitt

Gif by scooch, 7/2/2019.

2019.07.04:  Mike Fitz shared this 7/4/2019 photo of 856 (right) and 603/68 on 6/9/2020. "856 (right) challenges 603/68 upstream of Brooks Falls on July 4, 2019."


2019.07.07:  NWBearLove92 shared 7/7/2019 photos of 68 in chat on 4/21/2020, #1 and #2. NWBearLove92 shared a 7/7/2019 photo of 68 on 5/13/2020.

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2019.07.08:  68 displaces 747 again, 7/8/2019 video by mckate.

8 Jul 2019 68 Displaces 747, Again, video by mckate

8 Jul 2019 68 Displaces 747, Again, video by mckate

NWBearLove92 shared a photo of 480 Otis (right) with 68 (left) on 5/18/2020.

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2019.07.11:  NWBearLove shared 7/11/2019 photos of 68 in chat (Part 1) on 5/13/2020, #1 and #2. "Part 1: "747 and 68. On 7/11/19 I arrived at the falls and saw 747 resting on the island and looking a little sad. I soon realized why. 68 was in the office and 747 was keeping a close eye on his movements." NWBearLove92 shared 7/11/2019 photos of 68 in chat on 5/13/2020, #1, #2, #3 and #4. Part 2: "747 and 68 on 7/11/19. It was a week after their big fight and 747 did not seem his normal confident boar self. He was very distracted by 68’s presence. 68 did not seem to be effected. It will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out this year."

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2019.07.12:  68 interaction with 747.  Snapshots (#1 & #2 ) and gif created by tzusrule ,:

68 and 747 dust-up video by Casper Pike.:

68 and 74 Dust-up 2019 07 12 08 21 22 100 by Casper Pike

68 and 74 Dust-up 2019 07 12 08 21 22 100 by Casper Pike

NWBearLove92 shared a 7/12/2019 photo of 68 (left) with 775 Lefty (right) on 3/29/2020. NWBearLove92 shared a 7/12/2019 photo of 68 (left) and 775 Lefty (right) on 6/21/2020 . NWBearLove92 shared a 7/12/2019 photo of 68 on 6/21/2020 .

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Mckate captured a 7/12/2019 video of 68 launching at 775 Lefty, possibly at the same time as NWBearLove92's 7/12/2019 photo above.

12 Jul 2019 68 Launches at 775 Lefty, video by mckate

12 Jul 2019 68 Launches at 775 Lefty, video by mckate

7/12/2019 video by Lani H. 68 and 775 Lefty have a kerfuffle.

68 and 775 Lefty have a little kerfuffle 7 12 2019, video by Lani H

68 and 775 Lefty have a little kerfuffle 7 12 2019, video by Lani H

68 and 775 Lefty encounter, 7/12/2019 video by flyer 7474.

68-775 Encounter 2019 07 12, video by flyer 7474-0

68-775 Encounter 2019 07 12, video by flyer 7474-0

Joni Tilley captured video of the 7/12/2019 fight between 68 and 747 in regular speed and slo mo.

BEARS FIGHTING AT BROOKS FALLS, KATMAI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA, video by Joni Tilley

BEARS FIGHTING AT BROOKS FALLS, KATMAI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA, video by Joni Tilley

2019.07.14:  856 wins standoff with 68 video by mckate.:

14 Jul 2019 856 Wins Standoff with 68 by mckate-0

14 Jul 2019 856 Wins Standoff with 68 by mckate-0

68 blocks 856 video by mckate.:

14 Jul 2019 68 Blocks 856 by mckate-0

14 Jul 2019 68 Blocks 856 by mckate-0

68's summer look, 7/14/2019 video by mckate. "68 is usually thought of as a fall bear so, for future reference, here's a closeup of 68's summer shed pattern. I think he looks like he's wearing woolly chaps."

14 Jul 2019 68's Summer Look, video by mckate

14 Jul 2019 68's Summer Look, video by mckate

2019.07.15:  856 and 68 fight, seen from the riffles, 7/15/2019 video by Lani H.

856 and 68 fight, seen from riffles 7 15 2019, video by Lani H

856 and 68 fight, seen from riffles 7 15 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.17:  503 plays with 151 Walker until 68's approach spooks 151. 503 then plays with 68, 7/17/2019 video by Birgitt.

503 Plays w 151 Until 68's Approach Spooks 151, Then 503 Plays w 68 2019-07-17 23-45-01-871, video by Birgitt

503 Plays w 151 Until 68's Approach Spooks 151, Then 503 Plays w 68 2019-07-17 23-45-01-871, video by Birgitt

2019.07.18:  480 Otis denies 68's entrance to the jacuzzi but then 856 arrives, 7/18/2019 usually seems to defer to Otis wishes. I would really like to have seen what he would have done had 856 not entered the scene. video by mckate. "68 usually seems to defer to Otis wishes. I would really like to have seen what he would have done had 856 not entered the scene."

18 Jul 2019 480 Denies 68's Request, video by mckate

18 Jul 2019 480 Denies 68's Request, video by mckate

2019.07.20: 68 follows 503 looking for a play date, video by Birgitt, 7/20/2019.

68 Follows 503 Looking for a Playdate 2019-07-20, video by Birgitt

68 Follows 503 Looking for a Playdate 2019-07-20, video by Birgitt

503 and 68 play in the jacuzzi, 7/20/2019 video by mckate.

20 Jul 2019 503 and 68 Play in the J, video by mckate

20 Jul 2019 503 and 68 Play in the J, video by mckate

2019.07.27:  503 Cubadult and 68 play fighting above the falls before 747 breaks them up video by Lani H.:

503 and 68 play above the falls before 747 breaks it up 7 27 2019 by Lani H-1

503 and 68 play above the falls before 747 breaks it up 7 27 2019 by Lani H-1

503 and 68 meet to play above the falls, 7/27/2019 video by Birgitt.

503 & 68 Meet to Play Above Falls 2019-07-27 09-47-22-570, video by Birgitt

503 & 68 Meet to Play Above Falls 2019-07-27 09-47-22-570, video by Birgitt

2019.07.28:  503 is reluctant to play with 68 but then does, 7/28/2019 video by mckate.

28 Jul 2019 503 Can't Escape Play with 68, video by mckate

28 Jul 2019 503 Can't Escape Play with 68, video by mckate

2019.07.30:  856 reminds 68 who's boss video by mckate.:

30 Jul 2019 856 Reminds 68 Who's Boss by mckate-0

30 Jul 2019 856 Reminds 68 Who's Boss by mckate-0

856 greets 68 in the dawn light, 7/30/2019 video by Birgitt.

856 Greets 68 in the Dawn Light 2019-07-30 10-30-51-476, video by Birgitt

856 Greets 68 in the Dawn Light 2019-07-30 10-30-51-476, video by Birgitt

2019.07.31:  68 cruises the lower river, 7/31/2019 video by mckate.

31 Jul 2019 68 Cruises the Lower River, video by mckate

31 Jul 2019 68 Cruises the Lower River, video by mckate

August 2019:  

2019.08.05:  854 Divot smacks 68 video by mckate.:

5 Aug 2019 854 Divot Smacks 68 by mckate

5 Aug 2019 854 Divot Smacks 68 by mckate

68 displaces 856 from the jacuzzi video by mckate.:

5 Aug 2019 68 Displaces 856 in J by mckate-0

5 Aug 2019 68 Displaces 856 in J by mckate-0

Goof_n shared an 8/5/2019 photo of 747 (left) and 68 (right) on 3/8/2020. Goof_n shared an 8/5/2019 photo of 68 on 5/13/2020. Goof_n shared an 8/5/2019 photo  of 68 (far) and 812 (near) on 5/13/2020.

719 and her 2 spring cubs flee when 68 arrives nearby, 8/5/2019 video by Birgitt.

719 & Cubs Flee at 68's Appearance at the Elbow 2019-08-05 20-58-51-199, video by Birgitt

719 & Cubs Flee at 68's Appearance at the Elbow 2019-08-05 20-58-51-199, video by Birgitt

DanteV2000 shared 8/5/2019 photos of 68 on 6/19/2020, #1 and #2.  Shel commented "I agree that is 68. Your photo shows the small scar that is sometimes visible on his left shoulder (usually easiest seen before he gets his new fall coat)."

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2019.08.06:  747 and 68 have a kerfuffle video by Lani H.:

747 and 68 have a kerfuffle 8 6 2019 by Lani H

747 and 68 have a kerfuffle 8 6 2019 by Lani H

In this video by Lani H, where the focus is "Humphrey" pirating fish from 854 Divot, in the background you can see 480 Otis get put on his back by 68 in the far pool near the office.::

"hump" bear pirates salmon from 854 Divot 8 8 2019 by Lani H-1

"hump" bear pirates salmon from 854 Divot 8 8 2019 by Lani H-1

856 denies 68 the jacuzzi video by mckate.:

6 Aug 2019 856 Denies 68 the J by mckate-0

6 Aug 2019 856 Denies 68 the J by mckate-0

2019.08.07:  68 pushes Hump Bear out of the office, 8/7/2019 video by mckate.

7 Aug 2019 Humphrey Loses Office to 68, video by mckate

7 Aug 2019 Humphrey Loses Office to 68, video by mckate

2019.08.10:  A recently arrived 469 Patches displaces 68 from the jacuzzi, 8/10/2019 video by mckate.

10 Aug 2019 469 Patches Displaces 68, video by mckate

10 Aug 2019 469 Patches Displaces 68, video by mckate

2019.08.11:  68 charges unknown "hump" bear (aka "Humphrey" video by Lani H.:

68 charges unknown "hump" bear 8 11 2019 by Lani H

68 charges unknown "hump" bear 8 11 2019 by Lani H

Is 68 missing 503? 8/11/2019 video by mckate. "812 moved out of the J when he saw 68 coming, but he kept heading toward him like he might want to play. It was a bit intimidating for 812, so he skirted him."

11 Aug 2019 Is 68 Missing 503? Video by mckate

11 Aug 2019 Is 68 Missing 503? Video by mckate

September 2019:  

2019.09.??:  68 is seen a number of times in this September 2019 video by Costel Necula. At 2:20-3:49, 68 is on the left and 32 Chunk is on the right in the far pool. They have a slight kerfuffle. 68 is viewed again at 4:24-5:08 in the far pool, at 10:23 in the jacuzzi and at 10:28 in a close-up.

Alaska Bears, September 2019 video by Costel Necula

Alaska Bears, September 2019 video by Costel Necula

2019.09.02:  856 acknowledges 68's return to the falls video by mckate.:

2 Sep 2019 856 Acknowledges 68's Return to Falls by mckate-0

2 Sep 2019 856 Acknowledges 68's Return to Falls by mckate-0

2019.09.03:  747 bites 755 ScareD Bear's butt for no reason and a fight ensues, 9/3/2019 video  by mckate. "755 Scare D knows how to throw a few punches. I was glad 68 stuck his nose in to help squelch things. I guess 856 didn't think this warranted his involvement."

3 Sep 2019 747 Bites 755's Butt and Fight Ensues, video by mckate-0

3 Sep 2019 747 Bites 755's Butt and Fight Ensues, video by mckate-0


2019.09.05:  128 Grazer made a late season, late night visit to the Falls, she got chased off the lip by 747 and then entered the far pool where she got bluff charged by 856, 68 then responded to that by bluff charging 856 video by Lani H.:

128 Grazer gets chased off the lip by 747 and hop charged by 856 in the far pool 9 5 2019 by Lani H-1

128 Grazer gets chased off the lip by 747 and hop charged by 856 in the far pool 9 5 2019 by Lani H-1

2019.09.06: 68 fishes the far pool, 9/6/2019 video by mckate.

6 Sep 2019 68 Fishes the Far Pool, 9 6 2019 video by mckate

6 Sep 2019 68 Fishes the Far Pool, 9 6 2019 video by mckate

2019.09.07:  Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak shared this 9/7/2019 NPS photo of 68 on 5/13/2020.

Permission to use her NPS photos posted on the bearcam comments 

68 moves 151 Walker out of the office in this 9/7/2019 video by mckate.

7 Sep 2019 68 Moves 151 Out of Office, video by mckate

7 Sep 2019 68 Moves 151 Out of Office, video by mckate

2019.09.10:  Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor carrie59 shared this 9/10/2019 photo of 68 on 5/13/2020.  Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor carrie59 shared 9/10/2019 photos of 68 in the chat on 2/12/2020, #1  and #2.  These photos were originally thought to be 32 Chunk.

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68 makes way for 32 Chunk's arrival, 9/10/2019 video by mckate. "68 deferring to 32 this way may have set the tone for their later encounter?"

10 Sep 2019 68 Makes Way for 32's Arrival, video by mckate

10 Sep 2019 68 Makes Way for 32's Arrival, video by mckate



68 and 32 Chunk quarrel, 9/10/2019 video by mckate.

10 Sep 2019 68 and 32 Quarrel, video by mckate

10 Sep 2019 68 and 32 Quarrel, video by mckate

2019.09.11: Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor t down shared this 9/11/2019 photo of 68 in the jacuzzi on 5/13/2020. T down shared these 9/11/2019 photos of 68 by the far pool on 5/13/2020, #1 and #2.

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2019.09.15:  68 and 503 Cubadult have an interaction that results in a play-fight during a remote play-by-play done by Explore Resident Naturalist, Mike Fitz.  Cruiser captured this 68 & 503 Cubadult interaction along with Mike's commentary in this video .:

503 & 68 playfight Sep 15 2019 with commentary by Mike Fitz by Cruiser

503 & 68 playfight Sep 15 2019 with commentary by Mike Fitz by Cruiser

Cruiser also created this gif .:

68 finally gets 503 to play, 9/15/2019 video by mckate."You can see why 503 has been swerving him. That's one big bear! Their play fight lasted a good 10 minutes. In the end 503 looked relieved and 68 goofy with happiness."

15 Sep 2019 68 Finally Gets 503 to Play, video by mckate

15 Sep 2019 68 Finally Gets 503 to Play, video by mckate

503 and 68 playing at the falls, riffles view with a cameo by 610 (blonde bear in center of screen at 0:16) , 9/15/2019 video by Birgitt.

503 & 68 Playing at the Falls Riffles View With a Cameo by 610 2019-09-15, video by Birgitt

503 & 68 Playing at the Falls Riffles View With a Cameo by 610 2019-09-15, video by Birgitt

2019.09.16:  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured this photograph of 480 Otis (near) and 68 (far) (p 01/13/2020 15:21 ).  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured this photograph of 68 (p 01/27/2020 16:12 ).  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured this photograph of 68 with every hair in place (p 01/30/2020 15:18 ). Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) shared this 9/16/2019 photo of 68 on 5/13/2020.

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

Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor scooch also captured photos of 68 on 9/16/2019 that she shared in chat on 2/17/2020. 68 is seen sitting in the far pool, photo #1, #2 and #3. Scooch shared a 9/16/2019 photo of 68 on 4/7/2020. Scooch shared 9/16/2019 photos on 5/13/2020, #1 and #2.

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2019.09.25:  68 displaces 747 from the jacuzzi video by Lani H.:

68 displaces 747 from the jacuzzi 9 25 2019 by Lani H-0

68 displaces 747 from the jacuzzi 9 25 2019 by Lani H-0

503 gives 68 some love 9/25/2019 video by mckate. "I'm not sure if the nuzzling was what 68 was expecting, but he didn't object too strenuously."

2019.09.27:  Xander-Sage shared this snapshot of 503 Cubadult with 68 (p 01/25/2020 10:45 ).  Xander-Sage created this gif of 503 Cubadult with 68 (p 01/25/2020 10.53 ).:

503 gives 68 a snog, 9/27/2019 video by mckate.

27 Sep 2019 503 Gives 68 a Snog, video by mckate

27 Sep 2019 503 Gives 68 a Snog, video by mckate

2020:  Adult Male

For future use.

Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Relatives:

There are no known relatives for 68 at this time.  However, the conversation about 68 possibly being the 3rd Wayne Brother (83 and 868 being the two known Wayne Brothers) has often come up.  On February 21, 2018, GreenRiver asked Mike Fitz his thoughts on that 68 possible Wayne Brother topic.  Here were Mike's thoughts:

"I've wondered about that, but I wasn't able to find anything in the bear monitoring notes hinting at that when I worked for the park. His size and age would match both 868's and 83's, but a lot of cubs were getting emancipated in 2006 and 2007. Without any DNA evidence or really good photos of the Waynes, then I'll have to say there's a chance but nothing can prove it conclusively." 

868 Wayne Brother's page of the 2012 iBook provides some information about the 3rd "Wayne Brother":

83, 868 and 68 have been observed together using the Brooks River...even playing together for an extended period of time in the lower river.  For example on October 4, 2014 Mike Fitz captured these videos:

68, 83, and 868 play-fighting :

Three way play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68, 83 Wayne Brother & 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz-1

Three way play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68, 83 Wayne Brother & 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz-1

68 and 868 :
Play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68 and 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz-1

Play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68 and 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz-1

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  None

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

2017:  None

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



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Bear 68 at Brooks Falls on 10/5/15


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Bear 68 10/10/15

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