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747
Adult Male

Year First Identified: 2004 as subadult

Offspring Of:  Unknown at this time

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  747 was successfully sampled in 2005 and 2006 with both hair and tissue samples obtained by former wildlife biologist Tamara Olson.There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) in 2016 or 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton.  We are awaitng genetics study sample information from Ranger Saxton / KNP&P staff for 2018 and 2019.



Identification:

747 is one of the largest, heaviest bears that use Brooks River. He has a medium-brown coat with reddish shoulders. Early in the summer, his fur regularly sheds out in a erratic pattern and he often has a noticeable shed patch on his forehead. During the fall months, his fur is dark brown. His ears are round and peg-like, and his face has a prominent brow ridge. He has dark claws, a short but blocky muzzle, and a large, stocky, and squat body.

From Meet Bear 747 video :  Watch this Meet Bear 747 video my Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org to learn identification and distinctive behaviors that will help you identify 747.

Meet Bear 747 - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore

Meet Bear 747 - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org-0

Distinctive Behaviors:

He is often seen at Brooks Falls in July and is very successful at fishing in the jacuzzi and far pool. He also fishes the falls in September and October. 747 does not appear to be wary of people on the viewing platforms near Brooks Falls and is sometimes seen near the mouth of the Brooks River. In years past, he was rarely seen in areas with high numbers of people. 747 was not regularly seen at Brooks Falls until fall. After arriving, he was commonly seen displacing the largest, most dominant bears and yielding to none.

Life History:

2004:  Subadult, 1st Year Identified

747 was initially identified in 2004 and classified as a subadult.

July 2004:

On October 10, 2017 Mike Fitz also shared this photograph of 747 as a subadult.

2005:

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2006:

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2007:  Adult Male

2007 Season:

Mike Fitz, former KNP&P ranger, shared this 2007 season photo of 747:

Please request Mike Fitz' permission prior to using his photograph!

July 2007:

747 (left) and 755 Scare D. Bear (right) stand next to each other near the far side of Brooks Falls in early July 2007.  NPS photo from Testing the Water by Mike Fitz :

2007.07.03:  NPS photo of 747 "Colbert" (right, down river) with 24 BB aka Bald Butt (left, foreground) and 418 Jack (in far pool / center / background).  

2007.07.06 or SHORTLY AFTER:   Park visitors, Steve and Lori Agrella, captured a few photographs of 747 during their July 2007 trip to Brooks Camp. They set out on their adventure to Brooks Camp/Katmai NP&P on July 6, 2007 .  Some of their 747 photographs can be found at these links.:

Bear Essence by Lori Agrella (747 is the bear in the foreground in the photograph at the bottom right of the blog #41 / 112).  At this link to the same blog, photo #39 / 112 appears in the lower right , 747 is again the bear in the foreground).  The Agrella's photo #61 / 112 , #66 / 112 , #67 / 112 , & #110 / 112 .   

In Steve Agrella's blog:  Brooks Lodge and Campground he says:  "The images you are about to view portray our adventure into what for us, an unknown enviornment. It quickly became a spiritual experience like none we have ever known."

2007.07.22 or PRIOR:  Park visitor, e6thyyujk, captured this video of 747 .

Brooks Falls (2) 2007 by e6thyyujk

Brooks Falls (2) 2007 by e6thyyujk

2007.07.26:  Park visitor, Florence Nubuko Smith, captured this photograph of 747.

September 2007:

2008:  Adult Male

June 2008:

July 2008:

2008.07.??: This July, 2008 video by Tomasz Bobrowski shows 747 at Brooks Falls (1:56-2:16). The identification of 747 was confirmed by Mike Fitz.
Grizzly Bears at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska, US 2008-1

Grizzly Bears at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska, US 2008-1

September 2008:

2008.09.21:  856 (left) and 747 (right) playing in this photograph by Ranger Roy Wood.

2009:  Adult Male

2009 Season:

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

June 2009:

2009.06.26:  Bocaflip captured this photograph of 747. On the same day, bocaflip photographed 747 mating with an unkown sow, photos #1, #2, #3 and #4.   Mike Fitz said he did not recognize the sow in this 1/22/2020 comment.

July 2009:

2009.07.26:  Ranger Roy Wood's photos (#1 & #2 ) of 747 vs 6 Headbob / Bullet after 6 stole 747's fish.

August 2009:

2009.08.02:  747 "Colbert" photographs (#1 & #2 ) by Ranger Roy Wood from the KNP&P flickr 747 "Colbert" gallery .

September 2009:

2009.09.12:  747 "Colbert" photograph by Ranger Roy Wood from the KNP&P flickr 747 "Colbert" gallery .

2010:  Adult Male

2010 Season:

2010 or PRIOR:  Robert Finer captured this video of 747 playfighting with 489 Ted.

Brown Bears Sparring by Brooks Falls 2010 Season or Prior by Robert Finer

Brown Bears Sparring by Brooks Falls 2010 Season or Prior by Robert Finer

July 2010:

2010.07.22:  Jim & Deb Chagares captured these photographs of 747 courting / attempting to mate with 410:  #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , & #8 .

September 2010:

2011:  Adult Male

2011 Season:

747 mated wtih 94 .

July 2011:

Park visitor Terry Traveland (aka smuzta) captured this video of 489 Ted begging 747 for fish.  489 Ted defends his place in line by displacing another bear that wanted to also have a place in line for 747's scraps.  Make sure to have your sound turned up to hear the vocalizations.:

Grizzly Bears Fighting Over Salmon, video by smuzta

Grizzly Bears Fighting Over Salmon, video by smuzta

2011.07.20:  Eagle Eye Imaging captured many photos of 747 between 7/20-7/23/2011, photo #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7.

2012:  Adult Male

747 was included in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.:

2012 Season:

2012 Season or PRIOR:   Sebastian Homuth captured these 3 videos of 747 during the 2012 season or prior.: (published December 6, 2012):

Video #1 :

MVI 4480 747 2012 Season or prior by Sebastian Homuth

MVI 4480 747 2012 Season or prior by Sebastian Homuth

Video #2 :

MVI 4484 747 during the 2012 season or prior video by Sebastian Homuth

MVI 4484 747 during the 2012 season or prior video by Sebastian Homuth

Video #3 :

MVI 4505 747 during the 2012 season or prior by Sebastian Homuth

MVI 4505 747 during the 2012 season or prior by Sebastian Homuth

2012.07 or PRIOR:  ccjackson18 captured this video of possibly 128 Grazer(? maybe) or 451 (? maybe, 451 not officially ID'd until 2013) being displaced by 747's approach:

Bears on Brooks River in Alaska July 2012 or Prior by ccjackson18

Bears on Brooks River in Alaska July 2012 or Prior by ccjackson18

747 NPS photos July 2012 vs September 2012 from the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book page 9:

July 2012:

August 2012:

2012.08.01:  747 video by Charlie Hilliard:

Big Bear, big big big bear lol August 1, 2012 by Charlie Hilliard

Big Bear, big big big bear lol August 1, 2012 by Charlie Hilliard

2012.08.03:   747 and 218 Ugly video by Charlie Hilliard:

Brooks Falls Grizzly spar for the best spot August 3, 2012 by Charlie Hilliard (747 & 218 Ugly)

Brooks Falls Grizzly spar for the best spot August 3, 2012 by Charlie Hilliard (747 & 218 Ugly)

September 2012:

2013:  Adult Male

2013 Season:

Park visitor, Linda Guy captured this photograph of 747 during the 2013 season.

July 2013:

2013.07.15 - 2013.07.18:  Kristina Trowbridge captured this photograph of a gull helping itself to some of 747's salmon. 2013.07.21:  747 "Colbert" photograph by Ranger Roy Wood from the KNP&P flickr 747 "Colbert" gallery .

September 2013:

2014:  Adult Male

747 was included in the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 25:

June 2014:

July 2014:

2014.07.20:  Tim Auer captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 747. 2014.07.27:  480 Otis and 747 don't want to share the jacuzzi video by HDOnTap.:

Brooks Camp Falls 14 27 07 by HDOnTaP-0

Brooks Camp Falls 14 27 07 by HDOnTaP-0

September 2014:

2015:  Adult Male

747 was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 64:

2015 Season:

2015.??.??:  747 displaces 480 Otis from the jacuzzi gif from the 2018 Bearcam Stories: The Elders of Brooks River Explore Medium blog by Mike Fitz.:

2015.??.??:  Jenny of Zealandia Designs captured this photograph of 747 during the 2015 season. Mike Fitz captured this footage of 747 courting 128 Grazer.:

Courting Bears 747 courting 128 Grazer in 2015 by Mike Fitz

Courting Bears 747 courting 128 Grazer in 2015 by Mike Fitz

June 2015:

Will Olson / pleaserocktheboat (one of the people that work on the Explore.org live cams) captured this video of 747 while at Brooks Camp on June 20, 2015 or prior.  On June 18, 2015 or prior, Will Olson / pleaserocktheboat captured this photo of 747 .

2015.06.25:  Mike Fitz captured this photograph of 747. 2015.06.28:  Mike Fitz captured this photograph of 747 napping in the Brooks River.

July 2015:

2015.07.??:  Laura Lyn Photography photographed 747 nuzzling 410 in July of 2015.

2015.07.04:  Mike Fitz captured this photograph of 747 and his salmon.

2015.07.06:  Mike Fitz captured this photograph of 747.

2015.07.11:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Baby Peas, captured this photograph of 747 eating a salmon.

2015.07.13:  Mike Fitz captured this photograph of 747.

2015.07.14:  "775 Lefty shows too much interest in 32 Chunk's fish. They have a fairly prolonged boxing match. A screen shot I (Goldilocks) took, at the time, showed that 32 knocked 775 right off his feet the first time he shoved him. 775 recovers amazingly fast.....all that wrestling as cubs serves the bears well.  747 takes offence.....goes up on the lip and breaks up the fight.....then chases 32 out of the river." as described by Goldilocks Canada .  Video by Lyn Gulbransen.

Chunk and Lefty Have at it! 747 Chases the wrong perp July 14, 2015 by Lyn Gulbransen

Chunk and Lefty Have at it! 747 Chases the wrong perp July 14, 2015 by Lyn Gulbransen

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

Brooks Bear 480 gets his macho on ~ 7.18

Brooks Bear 480 gets his macho on ~ 7.18.15-0

2015.07.20:  Mike Fitz captured this photograph of 747.

2016:  Adult Male

747 was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 75:

2016 Season:

2016.??.??:  Mike Fitz captured this video of 747 rubbing the tree on the island below the falls: (Published December 2016).  "Male brown bears rub on trees to mark their presence in an area. The hair on the tree and the urine they also leave on the ground leaves scents that are thought to communicate information such as relative dominance in the hierarchy."

Large brown bear marks tree by Mike Fitz

Large brown bear marks tree by Mike Fitz

2016.??.??:  Mocha captured this video of 747 (not 856) cowboy walking, jaw popping, and asserting his dominance over 814 Lurch .  89 Backpack and 410 Four Ton are the bears above the falls.

856 cowboy walk (RIP 814) 2016

856 cowboy walk (RIP 814) 2016

2016.??.??:  Jenny at Zealandia Designs captured this video of 747 rubbing a tree near the riffles platform and cowboy walking:

Katmai bear back rub 2016 Season by Jenny at Zealandia Designs

Katmai bear back rub 2016 Season by Jenny at Zealandia Designs

2016.??.??:  Cruiser shared this 2016 season snapshot of 747 that shows his shed pattern (p 01/22/2020 03:01 ).:

June 2016:

2016.06.05:  Brooks Lodge's June 5, 2016 Facebook post with Kara Stenberg's photo of 747 "taking a stroll past employee housing. It's amazing how big this bear is before the sockeye salmon arrive! "

Please request Kara Stenberg's permission prior to using her photograph!

2016.06.23: 

747 footage begins at the 10:00 mark into this video by Ratna Narayan.  51 Diver Jr is the bear in the jacuzzi in the beginning of the video.  814 Lurch is the bear above the falls early in the video.:

51 Diver Jr, 814 Lurch and 747 June 23, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

51 Diver Jr, 814 Lurch and 747 June 23, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

747 charges and injures 83 Wayne Brother:

Video by Jusywho.  This version provides both a real-time and slow motion version of the incident:

16.06

16.06.23 83 Wayne Brother Gets Another Injury from 747 video by Jusywho

747 takes a chunk out of 83 Wayne brother video by Oh No I Didn't::

747 takes a chunk out of 83 June 23, 2016 (AK time) by OhNoIDidn't

747 takes a chunk out of 83 June 23, 2016 (AK time) by OhNoIDidn't

Explore Recorder video, 6/23/2016, at 57:15.

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 06-23-2016 18 42 39 - 19 42 40-0

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 06-23-2016 18 42 39 - 19 42 40-0

2016.06.26:  755 Scare D Bear, 410 & 747 video by Mickey WIlliams.:

8 ?? 6-26-16 755 scare D Bear leaves 410 and 747 leave the Falls Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

8 ?? 6-26-16 755 scare D Bear leaves 410 and 747 leave the Falls Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

747 courting 410 in this video by Mickey Williams:

747 courting 410 06 26 2016 17 1? in riffles video by Mickey Williams-0

747 courting 410 06 26 2016 17 1? in riffles video by Mickey Williams-0

This June 26, 2016 video by Martina shows some interesting behavior by 410.  Goldilocks Canada shared these observations :

"At the beginning, it looks like 289 being followed by 89/Backpack. As she climbs on shore, you can see 410 sitting just upriver of the island (she was known to “attempt to share/share” fish that 747 would eat on the island). 747 appears from the area of the “J”. And follows 289 behind the downriver side of the platform. As 747 goes out of frame you can see 410 come into frame on the left. She follows the “prospective couple” out of frame.
410 had BIG “lady balls”.
Normally, the only bear that would dare to follow a courting 747 would be 856!
I believe 410 “knew” the power of courting the most dominant males. And how to use it to her benefit. She would fish the falls, with impunity from other bears, under their protective guard.....and took full advantage of that fact....day, after day, after day. ;))) She had not been seen with a new litter of cubs since 2007.
Have often wondered, was she courting for procreation, or open access to her favourite fishing spot???
Why would she follow them? Was she trying to protect her “fishing rights”?"

BF 2016 06 26 by Martina 89 Backpack courting 289, 410 just off island, 747 follows courting couple, 410 follows 747-2

BF 2016 06 26 by Martina 89 Backpack courting 289, 410 just off island, 747 follows courting couple, 410 follows 747-2

2016.06.27:  410 and 747 video by Arlene Beech:
410 and 747 06 27 2016 23 15 video by Arlene Beech-0

410 and 747 06 27 2016 23 15 video by Arlene Beech-0

89 Backpack enters the river in the beginning of this video by Ratna.  At the 1:44 mark 83 Wayne Brother (note his rump wound) can be seen heading down river against the North side while 89 Backpack continues up river.  At the 2:08 mark 83 Wayne Brother leaves the North bank and heads back into the river  At the 2:11 mark 814 Lurch comes into view from the island area on the right.  83 Wayne Brother and 89 Backpack both take notice of 814 Lurch's presence.  At the 2:30 mark when the live cam widens the view, 410 can be seen fishing in the far pool and it becomes visible that 747 has also taken notice of 814 Lurch's arrival on the scene.  83 Wayne Brother holds his position on the North side remaining close to or on the bank.  747 displays his cowboy walk as he heads in the direction of 814 Lurch.  At the 2:50 mark 89 Backpack begins his retreat to the top of the falls.  At the 3:09 mark, 83 Wayne Brother begins his retreat up the hill on the North side of the river below the falls.  At the 3:20 mark, 89 Backpack takes a seat on the rock  At 3:25, 747 begins to move in the direction of 410 over in the far pool.  At 3:32 89 Backpack moves from his seated position on the rock and heads up river.  410 also begins to move from the far pool and also makes her way above the falls as 747 comes closer.  At 3:43, 814 Lurch moves down river towards the island.  At 4:04 410 moves closer to the edge of the falls with 747 still remaining in the far pool.  89 Backpack makes his retreat out of view.  At 4:40, 410 begins to test the option of returning to the far pool but by 4:47 as 747 moves in her direction, she rethinks that option and backs off a bit.  When 410 determines that it is safe she does climb back down from above the falls and 747 continues to court 410.  At 5:45, 747 takes a seat and guards 410 while she fishes in the far pool.  At 9:17 747 moves towards the area between the jacuzzi and the far pool.  
Awesome! 747 clears the falls but allows 410 to come off the falls and stand close to him by Ratna June 27, 2016-0

Awesome! 747 clears the falls but allows 410 to come off the falls and stand close to him by Ratna June 27, 2016-0

2016.06.28:  Mickey Williams captured this video of 410 and 747 at approximately 11:50 AKDT.:

11 5? am 6-28-16 747 and 410 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

11 5? am 6-28-16 747 and 410 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

Mickey Williams captured this video of 747 attempting to steal 410's fish at approximately 12:50 AKDT:

12 5? pm 747 tries to steal 410's fish 89 backpack moves to J Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

12 5? pm 747 tries to steal 410's fish 89 backpack moves to J Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

410 and 747 video by Ratna (89 Backpack is the other bear in the video):
410 and 747 like an old married couple! 06 28 2016 by Ratna (89 Backpack is the other bear)-0

410 and 747 like an old married couple! 06 28 2016 by Ratna (89 Backpack is the other bear)-0

410 and 747 close up video by Ratna.:
410 747 up close June 28, 2016 by Ratna Narayan-0

410 747 up close June 28, 2016 by Ratna Narayan-0

410 (background) and 747 (foreground) video by Juergen: ♥
410 (background) and 747 (foreground) 06 28 2016 video by Juergen ♥

410 (background) and 747 (foreground) 06 28 2016 video by Juergen ♥

Mickey Williams captured this video of 83 Wayne Brother (with his fresh left shoulder and rump wounds) attempting to steal 410's fish.  747 is the bear in the jacuzzi in the beginning of the video when 410 first catches her fish and then heads to the North bank of Brooks River to eat it.:
7;4?pm 6-28-16 747 chases ???755 scare D bear bear up hill Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

7;4?pm 6-28-16 747 chases ???755 scare D bear bear up hill Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

2016.06.30:  JoeBear's creation of As The Falls Flow starring 410, 89 Backpack, 856 and 747.:
As the Falls Flow June 30, 2016 by JoeBear-0

As the Falls Flow June 30, 2016 by JoeBear-0

July 2016:

2016.07.03:  747 and 68 interaction video by Mike Fitz.  "As this video illustrates, bears communicate through body language to establish dominance and avoid physical conflict. Read my full breakdown of the video" at Mike Fitz' October 14, 2016 blog:  Strut Your Stuff . "In the video, 747 is the heftier, darker bear. 68 is the tall, lanky bear. Both are mature adult males, likely in the prime of their lives. As I see it, bear 747 comes out of this on top as he asserts his dominance over the newcomer, 68. This took some time, however. 68 didn’t exactly yield like most would upon the approach of 747. As the video starts, 747 (left) immediately approaches the newcomer on the island. 68 subtly skirts 747, but continues his approach toward the falls. You can see that 747 is much bulkier than the newcomer, but the new bear is just as tall, if not taller.: When 747 turns his back on the new bear, 68 takes the opportunity to mark some grass (0:50). 68 is not acting submissive or yielding. The new bear approaches 747. 747 stands and watches. At this point, the outcome is very much undecided (1:12). After a little more posturing, 747 turns to mark the willow on the island. This is a bold display of dominance in front of 68. The newcomer though continues to cowboy walk away from 747, still not submissive but very focused on 747’s movements (2:00). 747 follows the exact same route on the island as 68, probably following the newcomer’s scent and leaving his own on the way (2:20). 68 postures more in the grass. 747 again marks the tree. This time for almost 30 seconds (3:18). 747 then goes to the grass where 68 just was and rubs it on his body. He seems to want to leave a scent trail everywhere his competitor has (4:05). 68 walks downriver. 747 follows. In the riffles, 747 catches up to him. Instead of fighting, the bears posture more. Here’s where 747 seems to assert his dominance more clearly. 68, instead of posturing further, stands in the riffles and watches 747 approach then walk away (5:00). The video cuts to a moment a few minutes later when 68 makes his way back to the island. This draws 747’s attention and he approaches 68 again. 747’s ears remain upright and forward, a sign of dominance in this context. The new bear’s ears are oriented back against his head, a sign of defensiveness (6:40). 747 circles 68. 747 walks away and the newcomer stands and watches, indicating that 747 successfully asserted his dominance in the interaction. 747 then goes back to the island and marks the vegetation again (7:05). 68 continues to stand and watch. Winner: 747...."

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

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

747 chases 32 Chunk video by Mickey Williams:

747 chases 32 Chunk 070316 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

747 chases 32 Chunk 070316 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

Ratna captured these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 410 with 747 (p 01/19/2020 16:19 ).:

2016.07.06:  747 video by Ratna Narayan during a play-by-play with Mike Ftiz.  747 is the only bear at the river during this video, so Mike shares a good deal of information about 747.:

747 July 6, 2016 during a play-by-play with Mike Fitz by Ratna Narayan

747 July 6, 2016 during a play-by-play with Mike Fitz by Ratna Narayan

2016.07.07:  747 and 814 above the falls video by Ratna Narayan:

Awesome! 747 and 814 Lurch on top of the falls! July 7, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

Awesome! 747 and 814 Lurch on top of the falls! July 7, 2016 by Ratna Narayan

Brenda D captured this video of 747 and 814 Lurch:

07.07

07.07.2016 - 747 and 814 Lurch dance on the falls video by Brenda D-0

2016.07.08:  747 rests in the river above the falls beginning at approximately 18:00 into this Explore recorder video .:

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 07-08-2016 15 25 12 - 16 00 00 Explore Recorder video

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 07-08-2016 15 25 12 - 16 00 00 Explore Recorder video

Pleiadians Bear's video of 747 in the river above the falls.:
02;5? Bear 747 have a rest under Sunshine 07 08 2016

02;5? Bear 747 have a rest under Sunshine 07 08 2016

Shel captured these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 747 in the river above the falls (p 01/25/2020 12:05 ).:

2016.07.09:  Evidently 747 never read "Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette". Beginning at approximately 7:20, boar 747 is the reclined bear on the left, sow 410 is sitting near 747. At 9:12, 747 tells 410 she can't have his leftovers. Explore Recorder video :

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 07-09-2016 23 00 01 - 23 11 42 Explore Recorder video

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 07-09-2016 23 00 01 - 23 11 42 Explore Recorder video

Brenda D's video of 747 / 410 interaction in above Explore Recorder video.:

07.10

07.10.2016 - Romantic Dinner between 747 and 410 by Brenda D

2016.07.30:  128 Grazer takes on 747 video by Melissa Freels.  747 gets grazered.:

Grazer Takes on 747, July 30, 2016 by Melissa Freels

Grazer Takes on 747, July 30, 2016 by Melissa Freels

August 2016:

2016.08.??:  Goldilocks shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 747 flipping his fish:

2016.08.02:  128 Grazer backs up 747 video by Brenda D.:
08.02

08.02.2016 - 128 Grazer backs up 747 - BF cam View by Brenda D-0

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


2016.08.24:  747 and 474 fight video by Mickey Williams:

7;5? 082416 747 and 474? fight Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

7;5? 082416 747 and 474? fight Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

2016.08.26 17:15:  32 Chunk joins 747 video by Mickey Williams.:

5 15pm 32 chunk joins 747 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

5 15pm 32 chunk joins 747 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

September 2016:

2016.09.01:  747 and 480 Otis duke it out video by Melissa Freels:

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

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

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

9 1 16 480 Otis and 747 dustup by David S.-0

2016.09.14:  747 and 856 have discussion while 480 Otis looks on video by Lyn Gulbrasen:

856 and 747 disagree

856 and 747 disagree. 480 Otis plays it cool 09 14 16 video by Lyn Gulbrasen

2016.09.15:  747 goes after the "mystery bear" at the falls and then displaces 856 from the jacuzzi video by Ratna Narayan:

Unbelievable! 747 goes after Mystery bear at the falls then displaced 856 from the J Sept 15, 2016 by Ratna-0

Unbelievable! 747 goes after Mystery bear at the falls then displaced 856 from the J Sept 15, 2016 by Ratna-0

747 and 856 have words in the jacuzzi video by Brenda D: (turn up your sound for this one)

09.15

09.15.2016 - 747 and 856 Have Words in the Jacuzzi by Brenda D

2016.09.18:  747 video by Lyn Gulbransen:

747 can't decide...

747 can't decide.... eat or not? 09 18 16 by Lyn Gulbransen

2017:  Adult Male

747 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 77:

2017 Season:  

2017.??.??:  Mikey Wright captured this video of 747 displacing and then chasing 409 Beadnose and her two yearlings (now 909 & 910).

2017.??.??:  Cruiser shared this snapshot of 747 (near) with 410 (far) from the 2017 season (p 01/22/2020 16.39 ).:

August 2017:

2017.08.24:  747 returns to Brooks Falls video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
747 Returns to Brooks Falls 2017 08 24 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

747 Returns to Brooks Falls 2017 08 24 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

747 cleans up 503 Cubadult's leftovers video by Casper Pike.:
747 cleans up 503's leftovers 2017 08 24 12 12 08 789 by Casper Pike

747 cleans up 503's leftovers 2017 08 24 12 12 08 789 by Casper Pike

747 leaves the river video by Casper Pike:

747 leaves the river 2017 08 24 12 17 25 392 by Casper Pike

747 leaves the river 2017 08 24 12 17 25 392 by Casper Pike

2017.08.25:  747 climbs the boulders below the falls near the far pool from riffles cam view, video by Casper Pike.:

747 leaves making it look easy 2017 08 25 14 10 56 229 by Casper Pike

747 leaves making it look easy 2017 08 25 14 10 56 229 by Casper Pike

2017.08.28:  747 by SteveCA (aka Flyer7474):

2017.08.29: 747 and 128 Grazer with her 3 yearlings video by Birgitt:

128 Grazer & 747 Staring in "Epitome of a Bad Marriage' 2017-08-29 by Birgitt-0

128 Grazer & 747 Staring in "Epitome of a Bad Marriage' 2017-08-29 by Birgitt-0

128 Grazer "grazered" 747 (again) video by Melissa Freels:

Fearless Grazer (or 747 Gets Grazered), August 29, 2017 video by Melissa Freels-1

Fearless Grazer (or 747 Gets Grazered), August 29, 2017 video by Melissa Freels-1

08:18 & 09:03 am:  747 and 128 Grazer with her 3 yearlings.  128 bluff charges 747.  128 later charges 747.  747 chases 128.  Video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

128-747 at Brooks Falls 2017.08

128-747 at Brooks Falls 2017.08.29 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

21:03:  128 Grazer and 747 at it again video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA).  "For the third time today 128 goes after 747. This time 128 advanced towards 128 by the Fish Ladder and was meet at the top by 128. ":

128-747 Again At Brooks Falls2017 08 29 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128-747 Again At Brooks Falls2017 08 29 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

September 2017:

2017.09.??:  Mike Fitz captured this video of 747.:
Giant fat bear at Brooks Falls September 2017 by Mike Fitz

Giant fat bear at Brooks Falls September 2017 by Mike Fitz

More information can be found in this blog by Mike Fitz.

2017.09.09:  At approximately 11:42 in the morning Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured this video of the 747 / 474 confrontation:

747-474 Confrontation 2017 09 09 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

747-474 Confrontation 2017 09 09 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.10:  747 confronts 474 in this video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

Bear 747 Confronts Bear 474 2017 09 10 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Bear 747 Confronts Bear 474 2017 09 10 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.13:  747 above Brooks Falls video by Cherly Burnside.  151 Walker appears in this video:

2017.09

2017.09.13 12 48 48 Bear 747 When your trying to look cool and it doesn't work out video by Cheryl Burnside

2017.09.22:  747 video by Ratna Narayan:

Beautiful bear 747??? 9 22 2017 by Ratna Narayan

Beautiful bear 747??? 9 22 2017 by Ratna Narayan

2017.09.23:  747 charges a subadult (602 maybe) in this Explore Highlights video :

Bear 747 charges subadult brown bear (602?) below Brooks Falls - Brown Bear Live Cam Explore Highlights video 09.23

Bear 747 charges subadult brown bear (602?) below Brooks Falls - Brown Bear Live Cam Explore Highlights video 09.23.17

2018:  Adult Male

2018 Season:

747 NPS photos of 747 early season (June 30, 2018) vs late season (August 31, 2018) from KNP&P's October 6, 2018 12:00 Facebook post for the 2018 Fat Bear Week contest.:

Scooch shared this poem after 747 lost to 409 Beadnose as the 2018 Fat Bear Week Champion:

I know a big fat bear
The fattest for miles around,
Wherever there's lots of fish
That's where he'll be found.
He's really good at eating
It's a talent, I've been told,
And when you gaze upon him
He's a sight to behold.
I know a big fat bear
He weighs more than half a ton,
He is the fattest 'Fat Bear'
And I think he should have won!

856, the most dominant bear using the Brooks River in 2018 displaces 747 from the jacuzzi (on June 28, 2018 or prior) in this Explore Live Nature Cams video :

Bear 856 Displaces 747 from the Jacuzzi Explore Nature Cam June 2018 video-0

Bear 856 Displaces 747 from the Jacuzzi Explore Nature Cam June 2018 video-0

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 747 observations during the 2018 season:

747 2018 2 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

747 2018 2 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

Cam viewer, JG, shared these snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 , #13 , #14 , #15 , #16 & #17 ) of 747 from the 2018 season:

Park visitor conexaoamerica captured this video of 747 on the trail.

Melissa Freels captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 747 during the 2018 season (p 01/22/2020 19.29 ).:

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June 2018:

2018.06.25:  Early morning fishing session by 747 video by Casper Trout:

Early morning 747 fishing session 2018 06 25 09 09 42 969 by Casper Trout-0

Early morning 747 fishing session 2018 06 25 09 09 42 969 by Casper Trout-0

747 at the falls part 2 video by Casper Trout:
747 at falls pt 2 2018 06 25 09 23 39 776 by Casper Trout-0

747 at falls pt 2 2018 06 25 09 23 39 776 by Casper Trout-0

747 finally gets one video by Casper Pike:
747 finally gets one! 747 & Alice happy 2018 06 25 14 23 25 640 by Casper Trout

747 finally gets one! 747 & Alice happy 2018 06 25 14 23 25 640 by Casper Trout

747 appears to want the falls to himself in this early season video where he chases 151 Walker video by Erum Chad:

Bear 747 Chasing 151 Walker 2018 06 25 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)-0

Bear 747 Chasing 151 Walker 2018 06 25 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)-0

A Park visitor also filmed this same event on 6/25/2018, video by Aravind.
Katmai NPP Bear 747 Chase Video by Aravind, 6 25 2018

Katmai NPP Bear 747 Chase Video by Aravind, 6 25 2018

747 also had this interaction with an unidentified bear in this June 25, 2018 video by Ratna:

OMG have never seen anything like this 747 and un - Ided bear 6 25 18 by Ratna

OMG have never seen anything like this 747 and un - Ided bear 6 25 18 by Ratna

Tsaneda captured this video of 747 displaying his dominance on June 25, 2018:

747 dominance 6 25 2018 by tsaneda

747 dominance 6 25 2018 by tsaneda

2018.06.27:  Brooks Camp visitor rockatte was at Brooks Falls on 6/27/2018 and filmed a number of interactions between the most dominant boar 856 and 747 who at the time was considered the 2nd most dominant.

Video #1: 856 spots 747 at the falls. He shows his dominance over 747 by cowboy walking on the island and marking a tree. 747 sits and watches, video by rockatte.

856 spots 747 at the Falls - June 27, 2018, video by rockatte-0

856 spots 747 at the Falls - June 27, 2018, video by rockatte-0

Video #2: 747 leaves and heads up behind the falls platform, 856 quickly follows, video by rockatte.

747 and 856 interaction - June 27, 2018, video by rockatte-0

747 and 856 interaction - June 27, 2018, video by rockatte-0

Video #3:  856 and 747 have a standoff by the falls platform exit gate. 747 is very submissive, sitting and watching 856's actions. Eventually 856 marks a tree and returns to the falls, video by rockatte.

747 and 856 interaction part 2 - June 27, 2018, video by rockatte-0

747 and 856 interaction part 2 - June 27, 2018, video by rockatte-0

2018.06.28:  747 interaction with 856 gif created by Xander-Sage.:

Brenda D captured this video of the interaction between 747 and 856.:

06.28

06.28.2018 - 856 Enters and Moves 747 by Brenda D-0

The second interaction between 747 and 856 on June 28, 2018 is captured in this video by Brenda D.:

06.28

06.28.2018 - 856 Moves 747 Again by Brenda D

2018.06.30:  747 NPS photo used for 2018 Fat Bear Week contest in KNP&P's October 6, 2018 12:00 Facebook post :

July 2018:

2018.07.01 or earlier:

Park visitor, Mike Weagley, captured this July 2018 video of 603 (believed by some to possibly be early season 68) in the jacuzzi, 409 Beadnose and 775 Lefty on the lip (near to far), 747 in the far pool, 480 Otis and 755 Scare D. Bear by the "office" wall on the North side of the river.  

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-1

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-1

Mike Weagly also captured this July 2018 video that includes 854 Divot (1st bear seen), 409 Beadnose and 775 Lefty (near to far) on the lip, 603 (believed by some to possibly be 68 in early season) in the jacuzzi, 747 in the far pool, 480 Otis in the office, and 755 Scare D Bear in the river on the North side by the downriver end of the wall.:

Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-2

Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-2

2018.07.01: 

Approximately 07:19:  

747 scratching on the downed tree branch at approximately 07:19:

Arlene Beech (aka Homebird) captured this video :

Portly 747 snacking at Brooks Falls. Katmai Brown Bears. 07

Portly 747 snacking at Brooks Falls. Katmai Brown Bears. 07.19 01 July 2018 by Arlene Beech (aka Homebird)-0

Nice close up of 747 entering the falls video by BrendaD:

07.01

07.01.2018 - 747 Enters from Below the Platform by Brenda D-0

Approximately 12:11:  856 vs 747 Altercation:

GABear created these gifs:  Gif #1 & Gif #2  Xander-Sage created this gif .  Shel captured these snapshots :  #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 & #6 .:

The Explore Recorder video that captures the altercation between 856 and 747.  When the altercation begins, 856 is the bear on the left at 39:50 into this video :.The interaction between 856 and 747 starts prior to that.  

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 07-01-2018 12 31 24 - 13 31 25 Explore Recorder

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 07-01-2018 12 31 24 - 13 31 25 Explore Recorder

Brenda D captured this 17 minute video of the interaction and altercation between 856 and 747:

07.01

07.01.2018 - The Long Stand Off And The Short Take Down by Brenda D-0

856 attacks 747 slow motion video by tsaneda (aka Shovelbum81).  "After a fair amount of time cowboy walking and other dominance displays, 856 attacks 747 at Brooks Falls at approximately noon AKDT":

856 attacks 747 slow motion 1Jul2018 by tsaneda (aka Shovelbum 81)-2

856 attacks 747 slow motion 1Jul2018 by tsaneda (aka Shovelbum 81)-2

Martina captured this real-time video :
BF 2018-7-1 856 747 by Martina-1

BF 2018-7-1 856 747 by Martina-1

Wacher42 captured this video :
856 v 747 Smackdown by Wacker42-1

856 v 747 Smackdown by Wacker42-1

747 and 634 Popeye prior to 16:15:

747 and 634 Popeye interacted prior to their altercation at 16:15.  Martina captured this video :

BF 2018-7-1 747 634 part 1 by Martina-0

BF 2018-7-1 747 634 part 1 by Martina-0

Then at approximately 16:15:  747 and 634 Popeye have an altercation:  

Pkilborn created this gif .

LuvBears captured this video :

Brooks Falls 747 jumps 634 Popeye 7 1 18 by LuvBears-0

Brooks Falls 747 jumps 634 Popeye 7 1 18 by LuvBears-0

Martina captured this video :

BF 2018-7-1 747 vs 634 part 2 by Martina-0

BF 2018-7-1 747 vs 634 part 2 by Martina-0

747 ambushes 634 Popeye from behind, takes him down video by BrendaD:

07.01

07.01.2018 - OMG! 747 Ambushes 634 Popeye! OMG! by Brenda D-0

747 has words with 409 Beadnose video by BrendaD:

07.01

07.01.2018 - 747 Stands Up Out of Jacuzzi and Scares 409 Beadnose by Brenda D-0

747 and 83 Wayne Brother:

Ratna captured this video :

83 and 747 at the falls 7 1 18 by Ratna-0

83 and 747 at the falls 7 1 18 by Ratna-0

2018.07.02:  Far different from the day 747 had on July 1, 2018, 747 calmly fishes in the far pool with 480 Otis in the office when 274 Overflow comes splashing in and slip sliding away video by Melissa Freels.:

LOL ..

LOL ... 274 Overflow, July 2, 2018 by Melissa Freels-0

2018.07.03 or PRIOR: James Reeves video of 747 on 7/3/2018 or earlier (132 and her 2 spring cubs are seen at 1:49. One of those cubs was unfortunately killed by 856 later that day). 747 is observed at 1:44-1:47, 3:31-3:35 and 3:43-3:47).

Alaska - Katmai - Kenai Fjords -Denali, video by James Reeves 7 3 2018 or prior

Alaska - Katmai - Kenai Fjords -Denali, video by James Reeves 7 3 2018 or prior

2018.07.05:  NWBearLove92 shared a 7/5/2018 photo of 747 on 5/23/2020.

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2018.07.06:  NWBearLove 92 shared a 7/6/2018 photo of 747 in chat on 4/17/2020.


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2018.07.07 or PRIOR:  Park visitor shantietjen posted this video of a contact interaction between 747 and 89 Backpack to their instagram on July 7, 2018 Note: This account was made private and the video is now not available. 

2018.07.11:  On 7/11/2018 The Explore Recorder captured 747 approaching the Brooks Falls low cam and giving cam viewers a very close up look at 5:50. He also gazed up at people on the Brook Falls platform.

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Low 07-11-2018 15 24 12 - 16 24 16-0

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Low 07-11-2018 15 24 12 - 16 24 16-0

Brooks Falls Low Cam, 7/11/2018. 747 approaches the Low Cam and platform.

CarolineB captured this snapshot of 747 on the Falls Low Cam View (old River Watch cam).  Scooch captured this snapshot of 747 and added the comment "Excellence is not a skill.  It's an attitude....:" (p 01/22/2020 01:30 ).

Lani H's video of 747 and an unidentified boar (68 Maybe?).  747 was unsuccessful at displacing this unidentified boar from the jacuzzi.:

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

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

747 video by Casper Trout.:

747 puts others on tenderhooks 2018 07 11 13 19 39 423 by Casper Trout

747 puts others on tenderhooks 2018 07 11 13 19 39 423 by Casper Trout

2018.07.15:  747 attacking 503 Cubadult in the office and then chasing him out of the far pool, riffles view video by Lani H.

747 attacking 503 in the office then chasing him out of the far pool, riffles view 8 15 2018 by Lani H

747 attacking 503 in the office then chasing him out of the far pool, riffles view 8 15 2018 by Lani H

747 attacking 503 Cubadult in the office, Brooks Falls Low Cam view video by Lani H.:
747 attacking 503 in the office, Brooks Falls Low Cam view 8 15 2018 by Lani H

747 attacking 503 in the office, Brooks Falls Low Cam view 8 15 2018 by Lani H

2018.07.26:  Flyer 7474 captured video of a confrontation between 856 and 747 on 7/26/2018. 856 moves 747 out of the jacuzzi (watch 856 jaw popping). Not content to fish the jacuzzi and eat his fish, 856 chases 747 when he tries to leave.

856-747 Confrontation, 07 26 2018, video by flyer7474

856-747 Confrontation, 07 26 2018, video by flyer7474

Cruiser captured a photo and added special effects from the same incident.

2018.07.29: Andrew Wells (Teton Mountain Living) photographed 747 0n 7/29/2018 and 7/30/2018 during a visit to Brooks Camp.

2018.07.30:  747 boots 801 out of the far pool. 747 used a shuffle and a head snap.  Video by Lani H.:

The 747 shuffle with a little head snap 7 30 2018 by Lani H-0

The 747 shuffle with a little head snap 7 30 2018 by Lani H-0

August 2018:

2018.08.01:  747 charges 128 Grazer video by Lani H.:

747 charges 128 Grazer 8 1 2018 by Lani H

747 charges 128 Grazer 8 1 2018 by Lani H

2018.08.12:  747 rejects a fish video by mckate:

12 Aug 2018 747 Rejects a Fish, Plop! by mckate

12 Aug 2018 747 Rejects a Fish, Plop! by mckate

2018.08.22:  747 and 503 Cubadult in far pool video by Birgitt:
747 w 503 in Far Pool 2018-08-22 by Birgitt

747 w 503 in Far Pool 2018-08-22 by Birgitt

2018.08.28:  854 Divot displaces 747 video by mckate:

28 Aug 2018 854 Divot Displaces 747 by mckate-0

28 Aug 2018 854 Divot Displaces 747 by mckate-0

2018.08.31:  747 NPS photo used for 2018 Fat Bear Week contest in KNP&P's October 6, 2018 12:00 Facebook post 

On April 18, 2019 cam viewer Scooch created this paraphrase of an Ogden Nash poem for the above August 31, 2018 NPS photo of 747.:

Behold the ursus-potamus!
747 PIC 2018.08.31 SCOOCHs 2018.04.18 PARAPHRASE OF AN OGDEN NASH POEM

We laugh at how he looks to us
And yet in moments dank and grim
I wonder how we look to him.
Peace, peace thou ursus-potamus
We really look all right to us
As you, no doubt, delight the eye
Of other ursus-potami.


September 2018:

2018.09.04:  747 spooks 854 Divot's newly independent subadult video by Melissa Freels.  "One of the 854 subs starts to head across the bridge and then flees at something s/he sees.  Eventually, the massive 747 lumbers into view.":

Massive 747 Spooks 854 Sub in Rare Appearance on LR 2018-09-04 by Melissa Freels

Massive 747 Spooks 854 Sub in Rare Appearance on LR 2018-09-04 by Melissa Freels

2018.09.08:  KNP&P's September 8, 2018 tweet with NPS photo of 747 (near) and 480 Otis (far).: "We're entering the last few weeks of weight gain before Fat Bear Week commences. Here's a look at 747 (foreground) and 480 (background). Which bear seems to have gained the most weight so far this season?"


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

856 634 747 480 in Boar Alley 2018-09-10 22-45-08-730 by Birgitt-2

856 634 747 480 in Boar Alley 2018-09-10 22-45-08-730 by Birgitt-2

2018.09.12:  747 rejects a fish video by mckate:
12 Aug 2018 747 Rejects a Fish, Plop! by mckate-0

12 Aug 2018 747 Rejects a Fish, Plop! by mckate-0


2018.09.14 - 2018.09.17:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Ratna Narayan captured this photograph of 747 (above the falls, left) with 856 (below the falls, right).  Ratna also captured these photographs of 747 (photograph #1 , #2 & #3 ).  Ratna also captured this photograph of 747.  Ratna also captured these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 747 (left, above the falls) with 856 (right, below the falls).  Ratna also shared these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 & #8 ) of 747.  Ratna also shared these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 747.  Ratna shared this photo of 747.  Ratna captured this photograph of 747 (p 01/21/2020 20:31 ).  Ratna also captured these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 747 (p 01/22/2020 20:54 ).  Ratna :captured this photograph of 747 (p 01/22/2020 10:50 ).

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2018.09.15:  Ratna Narayan captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 747 on September 15, 2018 (p 01/22/2020 08:29 ).  Ratna captured these photographs of 747 (near) (#1 , #2 & #3 ) (p 01/22/2020 08:28 ).  Ratna also captured these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 747 (left) with 856 (right) on September 15, 2018 (p 01/22/2020 08:27 ).  Ratna also captured these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 747 (p 01/22/2020 08:27 ).:

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

747 856 & 480 Have Words in Far Pool 2018-09-21 22-00-53-211 by Birgitt-0

747 856 & 480 Have Words in Far Pool 2018-09-21 22-00-53-211 by Birgitt-0

856 harasses 747 for good measure video by mckate.:

21 Sep 2018 856 Harasses 747 for Good Measure by mckate

21 Sep 2018 856 Harasses 747 for Good Measure by mckate

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

747 kind of sits on 68 25Sep2018 by tsaneda

747 kind of sits on 68 25Sep2018 by tsaneda

2018.09.27:  32 Chunk finds himself between 747 and 856 video by Lani H.:

32 Chunk finds himself between 856 and 747 9 27 2018 by Lani H

32 Chunk finds himself between 856 and 747 9 27 2018 by Lani H

747 negotiates log and 856 video by mckate.;

27 Sep 2018 747 Negotiates Log and 856 by mckate-0

27 Sep 2018 747 Negotiates Log and 856 by mckate-0

2019:  Adult Male

2019 Season:  

2019.??.??:  Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2019 season video of 747:

747 2019 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

747 2019 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

2019.??.??:  Melissa Freels captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 747 during the 2018 season (p 01/22/2020 19.29 ).:

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

2019.??.??:  Xander-Sage created this 747 2019 Fat Bear Contender poster (p 01/21/2020 17:07 ).  Phillydude captured these 2019 season snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 - 747 on left with 480 Otis on right , #6 - 747 in background with 856 in foreground , #7 , #8 , #9 - 747 below falls with 128 Grazer on the lip , #10 , #11 , #12 , #13 , #14 & #15 ) of 747 (p 01/22/2020 00:44 ).  Xander-Sage created this 2019 gif of 747 (p 01/21/2020 16:32 ).:

2019.??.??:  Park visitor Jen Hall captured video of 747 cowboy walking and marking a tree by the lower river platform in 2019.

June 2019:

2019.06.24:  Truman Everts captured this photo of 747 on June 24, 2019 at 19:31 during his trip to Brooks Camp (p 10/22/2019 06:39 ). Truman also captured a 2nd photo of 747 (p 2/24/2020 06:37) . Please request Truman Everts' permission prior to using his photographs!

2019.06.26:  Bookmom captured these two snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of 747.  The 1st one is when 747 was displacing 89 Backpack and chasing him from the river.  The 2nd was when 747 was walking in front of the Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing platform and shows some of his scars (p 01/22/2020 04:50 ).:

Lani H filmed 747 in the riffles area on 6/26/2019. 747 is best seen starting at 2:55.

747 in the riffles 6 26 2019 video by Lani H

747 in the riffles 6 26 2019 video by Lani H

2019.06.27:  747 (left) faceoff with 856 (right) NPS photograph   by 2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak (p 01/22/2020 03:21 ).:

 

2019.06.28:  Melissa Freels shared this June 28, 2019 photograph of 747 in the evening light from her trip to Brooks Camp.:

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2019.06.30:  Mike Fitz shared his 6/30/2019 photo of 747 on 6/24/2020. Mike commented: "In case you aren't familiar with bear 747 (who is in the jacuzzi on the falls cam right now), he is an absolute giant. Bears on Kodiak and the Alaska Peninsula are famous for their size and 747 ranks among the largest brown bears on Earth. Adult males in Katmai average 700-900 lbs in mid summer. 747, however, tips the scales on the heavy side of that. It's no exaggeration to estimate his weight at 900-1000 lbs right now. Last fall, his weight was estimated at an astounding 1,400 lbs. He is a true giant among bears. Photo of 747 on June 30, 2019."

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July 2019:

2019.07.02:  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

747-68 Bear Encounter 2019 07 02

747 displaces who (68 ? or 801 ?) out of the far pool video by Birgitt.:

747 Chases Who (68? or 801?) Out of the Far Pool 2019-07-02 10-04-20-761 by Birgitt

747 Chases Who (68? or 801?) Out of the Far Pool 2019-07-02 10-04-20-761 by Birgitt

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 by Brenda D-0

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.

The July 5, 2019 Explore Bearcam Week in Review discusses the fight between 68 and 747.

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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There are also these cam viewer videos of just the altercation between 747 and another large boar (early season 68 maybe?):

Video by Lee Block:

Dominance @ Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park July 2, 2019 by Lee Block (747 & Who? 68 Maybe?)-0

Dominance @ Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park July 2, 2019 by Lee Block (747 & Who? 68 Maybe?)-0

Video by Ratna:

747 and mystery bear fight 7 2 2019 by Ratna (68 maybe?)-0

747 and mystery bear fight 7 2 2019 by Ratna (68 maybe?)-0

Video by Birgitt:

747 & 68 Fight at the Falls 2019-07-02 20-30-08-011 by Birgitt-0

747 & 68 Fight at the Falls 2019-07-02 20-30-08-011 by Birgitt-0

Video by Lani H.:

Fight between 747 and 68, view from PBP and falls cam 7 2 2019 by Lani H-0

Fight between 747 and 68, view from PBP and falls cam 7 2 2019 by Lani H-0

2019.07.04:  856 chases 747 up the hill on the North side of the river video by Ratna Narayan.:

856 chases 747 up the slippery slope 7 4 2019 by Ratna Narayan

856 chases 747 up the slippery slope 7 4 2019 by Ratna Narayan

2019.07.06:  Cruiser created this gif of 747 cowboy walking (p 01/22/2020 11:17 ).:

747 chases 89 Backpack across the lip of the falls, 402 and yearlings scatter video by Lani H.:

747 chases 89 Backpack across the lip, 402 and cubs scatter 7 6 2019 by Lani H

747 chases 89 Backpack across the lip, 402 and cubs scatter 7 6 2019 by Lani H

747 helps himself to leftovers video by mckate.  747 siezes the opportunity to consume some salmon that another / others bears had highgraded and left the salmon flesh behind on the lip.  128 Grazer is the bear that was last in closest proximity to the highgraded salmon prior to 747 standing up to claim them. :

6 Jul 2019 747 Helps Himself to Leftovers by mckate

6 Jul 2019 747 Helps Himself to Leftovers by mckate

747 shows his displeasure with 402 fishing the lip above him in the jacuzzi slow motion video by Ratna Narayan.:

402 on lip vs 747 at the falls slow mo 7 6 2019 by Ratna Narayan

402 on lip vs 747 at the falls slow mo 7 6 2019 by Ratna Narayan

2019.07.07:  BearLady shared this artwork that she created from a July 7, 2019 photograph of 747 (p 01/23/2020 09:48 ).:

854 displaces 747 again video by mckate.  854 Divot and 747 continue their discussions about who gets that prime fishing spot. He initially displaced her, but she triumphs. That he thought she smelled nice probably helped. In the back 480 refuses 128's entrance.:

7 Jul 2019 854 Divot Displaces 747 Again by mckate

7 Jul 2019 854 Divot Displaces 747 Again by mckate

2019.07.07 - 2019.07.20 (Between July 7, 2019 & July 20, 2019):  Bearcam chatter and KNP&P volunteer, Stacey had a very close interaction with 747 during her time at Brooks Camp the 2nd or 3rd week of July, 2019. It involved 2 subadults on the trail who quickly run when they see 747 approaching. Stacey's calm demeanor and communication with other Rangers on the radio can be seen in the 2 videos posted. On 1/22/2020 at 05:18 Stacey shared her experience while assisting two visitors on the Brooks Falls trail. Park visitor Sunion81 filmed the 2 videos. In Instagram video #1, 2 subadults (901 and possibly 821 or his sister 831) are walking on the trail, sense 747's approach and quickly run forward. In video #2,  747 comes lumbering by at a normal pace, probably only interested in getting to the falls to fish. 

"STORY
Mazey posted a video yesterday from my time volunteering at Brooks in July. And that led me to a second video that was posted this morning.

Here's the story behind those videos.

It was the second or third week of July 2019 -- a Wednesday, I think -- and on this day I was volunteering on the Brooks Falls platform.

It was early in the morning -- around 8 or 9 a.m. AK time -- and I was the first person assigned to the BF platform shift.

I'd arrived at the platform, dropped off my gear, and then walked back to the Falls Trail for my first assignment -- a 90-minute "rove" on the Falls Trail. (A rove is when you walk around an area -- assisting guests, answering questions, and just generally being visible.)

As I exited the platform to the Brooks Falls trail, I saw two guests -- I'll call them Juan and Maria -- smiling, and walking briskly up the trail in my direction. From Spain, they were halfway through their three-day stay at Brooks Camp, and they were excited to be among the first viewers on the platform in the a.m.

We recognized each other (I'd met them the day before), and we exchanged friendly greetings.

And suddenly, I heard the sound of running bears behind me.

I looked over my shoulder, and saw two subadults running down the hill. They skidded to a halt, and started play fighting right in front of the BF gate!

Juan immediately reached for his camera, as I told the couple we needed to move quickly off the trail. We stepped into the woods off the trail where we'd met, about 20 yards away from the play fighting bears.

This was NOT a situation I wanted to be in! I'd encountered bears on the trail before -- single bears, subadult bears, moms with cubs-- but I'd never been that close to a pair of play fighting subadults before.

As Juan filmed the bears, I explained what was happening -- that these young bears (the teenagers of the bear world) were play fighting with each other -- and asked the guests to move as far back on the trail as they could, since the bears were paying attention to each other, and not to us. I was concerned that at some point, the play fighting would stop and the bears would run down the trail, knocking down anyone who happened to be in their way.

And then, suddenly, a new development:

"The situation has changed," I said to Juan and Maria. "I see a big bear -- Bear 747 -- walking toward the gate from the river. These two subadults don't know he's there yet. But when they see him -- or smell him -- they're going to run. So let's push even further back into the forest if we can."

Still filming, Juan and Maria moved further back into the forest, away from the trail.

At that point, someone called out from down the trail, maybe 20 yards further away from the gate than us. It was a ranger -- hooray! She'd heard me talking to Juan and Maria, and she wanted me to know that she could hear me, even though we couldn't see each other.

"You're doing great," she said. "Just keeping talking, and have your bear spray ready."

"I don't have bear spray," I sighed.

As I watched 747 walk slowly toward the gate -- and the playing bears -- I reminded Juan and Maria of what we'd learned in bear school. "Let's keep talking," I said. "I know you're from Spain, and you can speak Spanish if you want to. I'm pretty sure these bears speak Spanish."

So in the background of the first video, you can hear me narrating -- partly to keep calm, partly so the bears would know where we were, and partly so that the ranger down the trail would know what was happening. And you can hear Juan and Maria speaking Spanish, too.

Once the play fighting subadults saw 747, they left the gate and starting heading down the trail in front of us -- walking at first, and then running (as I thought they might) to get away from 747.

But things weren't over yet! Once a bear walks past, a visitor's first instinct is often to hurry out of the woods and back onto the trail. But that was NOT a good option here, especially since I had a hunch that 747 would follow the less dominant bears down the trail.

So we waited in the woods -- still talking -- until Bear 747 went past. And that's what you see in the second video.

Once the ranger advised that 747 was 50 yards down the trail, we exited the woods, checked our surroundings, met up with the ranger, and walked together toward the BF gate.

It was an exciting beginning to an eventful day. As I recall, there were, at one point, more than a dozen bears on the trail that day -- subadults, moms with cubs, 747, etc. They caused multiple bear jams and kept the rangers busy.

I'm grateful to Juan and Maria for paying attention in bear school. And grateful, too, for the ranger, who managed things from down the trail.
It's not a situation I wanted to be in, but I'll remember it for a long time -- not just because of the bears, but also because of the people involved.

Here are the videos:

1:  Click here to view the video

2:  Click here to view the video "

Sunion81 shared this information with video #2 on their instagram:  "The veteran and dominant bear 747 was approaching us while we waited hidden a few yards away. For some seconds our breathing accelerated and we wanted to be transparent ..... finally 747 passed by our side and walked away"

Cam viewer Cruiser commented:  "Thanks Stacey for giving us the "you are there" feeling. What a rush it must be! I noticed bear spray was on sale at Walmart in the clearance section for $30 a couple of nights ago. Have no reason to buy any but it was tempting!" 

Stacey replied (p 01/22/2020 09:28 ):  "A rush indeed -- but not actually the kind of thing I enjoy!  Quiet mornings on the LR platform are more my speed..."

2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger, Naomi Boak commented (p 01/22/2020 05:59 ).:  "Thanks for this compelling story. A good lesson in bear and people management in July. Was this the time when the ranger was trapped by 747 and the subs and had to use her bear spray?"

Phillydude replied to Naomi (p 01/22/2020 06:25 ):  "Did the Ranger spray the Subs or 747? - I can only imagine 747's reaction if it was him."

2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak replied to Phillydude (p 01/22/2020 06:47 ):  "Bear spray was used. It was a very dangerous situation and had the ranger not been as experienced and agile, I think there would have been a very different ending. I just don't know if it were the same moment that Stacey describes in her post."

Phillydude replied to Naomi (p 01/22/2020 07:00 ):  "Glad it ended well and everyone and every bear was Ok, gotta feel bad for 747 though, on top of everything else that happened to him last season he got Bear sprayed too?"

2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak replied to Phillydude (p 01/22/2020 07:22 ):  "I don't recall who got sprayed. If this is the same instance that Stacey is recalling, perhaps she knows."

Stacey replied to Phillydude (p 01/22/2020 09:23 ):  "747 was not sprayed in this encounter, but one of the subs was."


NWBearLove92 captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 854 Divot (left) with 747 (right) on July 7, 2019 (p 03/04/2020 07:04 ). NWBearLove shared this 7/7/2019 photo of 747 on 4/25/2020. NWBearLove92 shared this 7/7/2019 photo of 480 Otis (left) and 747 (right) on 6/18/2020. "480 Otis telling 747 to get his bald butt out of the office."

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Park visitor Kyle Jones also captured a photo of 854 Divot (left) with 747 (right), 7/7/2019.

2019.07.09 - 2019.07.12:  Lori Hocking (aka Lovethebears1) captured these photographs (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 & #8 ) of 747 during her trip to Brooks Camp and shared them in the bearcam comments (p 01/22/2020 09:28 )


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2019.07.10:  2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak captured this NPS photo of 747 resting under the Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform (p 01/22/2020 03:21 ).:

Permission to use her NPS photos posted on the bearcam comments

NWBearLove92 shared this 7/10/2019 photo of 747 on 6/18/2020.

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Bear cam chatter Lori Hocking (aka Lovethebears) visited Brooks Camp from 7/10-7/12/2019. She captured multiple photos of 747 during that time, photos #1, #2, #3, #4, #5,#6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13 and #14. 747's characteristic early season shed pattern is especially noted in photo #3.

2019.07.11:  Xander-Sage captured these snapshots (collage) of 747 (p 01/21/2020 17:20 ).:

747 video "Your moment of zen" by mckate.:

11 Jul 2019 Your Moment of Zen by mckate

11 Jul 2019 Your Moment of Zen by mckate

747 naps on the island video by Lani H.:

747 naps on the island 7 11 2019 by Lani H

747 naps on the island 7 11 2019 by Lani H

NWBearLove shared 7/11/2019 photos of 747 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 a 7/11/2019 photo  of 747 in chat on 5/13/2020. 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-0

68 and 74 Dust-up 2019 07 12 08 21 22 100 by Casper Pike-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-0

BEARS FIGHTING AT BROOKS FALLS, KATMAI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA, video by Joni Tilley-0

2019.07.14:  747 snorkeling in the lower river video by Lani H.:

747 snorkeling on the lower river 7 14 2019 by Lani H

747 snorkeling on the lower river 7 14 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.15: In a 7/15/2019 video by mckate , 747 is seen stealing 775 Lefty's fish. 775 does not put up a fight, immediately catches another fish and takes it away to eat it.

15 Jul 2019 747 Steals 775's Fish, video by mckate

15 Jul 2019 747 Steals 775's Fish, video by mckate

2019.07.16:  747 naps then gets up for breakfast video by Lani H.:

747 naps then gets up for breakfast 7 16 2019 by Lani H

747 naps then gets up for breakfast 7 16 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.18:  503 Cubadult mating with 900, 747 finally notices then follows 900 around the falls video by Lani H.:

503 mating 900, 747 finally notices then follows sow around falls 7 18 2019 by Lani H

503 mating 900, 747 finally notices then follows sow around falls 7 18 2019 by Lani H

747 naps near 480 Otis video by Lani H.:

747 naps near 480 Otis 7 18 2019 by Lani H

747 naps near 480 Otis 7 18 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.25:  747 has words with 480 Otis video by Lani H.:

747 has words with 480 Otis 7 25 2019 by Lani H

747 has words with 480 Otis 7 25 2019 by Lani H

2019.07.26:  503 Cubadult and 900 mating, 747 interrupts video by Lani H.:

503 mating with 900 747 interrupts 7 26 2019 by Lani H-1

503 mating with 900 747 interrupts 7 26 2019 by Lani H-1

747 following 900 around the falls after interrupting 503 Cubadult & 900 mating video by Lani H.:

747 following 900 around the falls 7 26 2019 by Lani H

747 following 900 around the falls 7 26 2019 by Lani H

This July 26, 2019 video by Nancy B demonstrates in impacts a dominant boar, 747, can have on the other bears that are attempting to fish in the same river.  747 initially approaches 480 Otis to assert his dominance, however, 480 Otis stands his ground and does not yield space to 747.  Then 747 approaches 128 Grazer on the lip.  Then 747 moves to the far side of the river where he displaces 634 Popeye.  When 747 climbs to the top of the falls on the far side of the river, 128 Grazer departs the lip on the near side of the falls.  747's movements around the river causes a domino effect in movement of the other bears.

Brooks Falls Otis tells 747 to Cool it and 747 bullies 128 Grazer by Nancy B

Brooks Falls Otis tells 747 to Cool it and 747 bullies 128 Grazer by Nancy B

2019 Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak captured this July 26, 2019 NPS photo of 747 headling for the jacuzzi (p 01/22/2020 03:21 ).:

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

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

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

2019.07.28:  A cam viewer (unknown at this time) created this gif of 128 Grazer swatting 747 (p 01/21/2020 18:33 by KCanada ).:

128 Grazer gives 747 a smackdown video by Lani H.:

128 Grazer gives 747 a smackdown 7 28 2019 by Lani H-0

128 Grazer gives 747 a smackdown 7 28 2019 by Lani H-0

2019.07.31:  747 clears the lip of Brooks Falls video by Lani H.:

747 tries to climb falls after ??? 7 31 2019 by Lani H

747 tries to climb falls after ??? 7 31 2019 by Lani H

August 2019:

2019.08.01:  747 takes a nap in the river video by Lani H.:

747 taking a nap in the river 8 1 2019 by Lani H

747 taking a nap in the river 8 1 2019 by Lani H

2019.08.03 - 2019.08.05:  Kacko shared this photograph of 747 from her August 3-5, 2019 trip to Brooks Camp (01/22/2020 09:47 ).  Goof_n shared this photograph of "Humphrey" the unidentified adult male with the distinctive hump (left) and 747 (right) (p 01/29/2020 18.26 ). Goof_n shared an 8/5/2019 photo of 747 (left) and 68 (right) on 3/8/2020. Goof_n also shared 2 photos (8/3-8/5/2019) of 747 on 3/8/2020, #1 and #2.  Goof_n shared this 8/4/2019 photo of "over 2 tons of bear" on 5/6/2020.  Pictured in the photo are 747 (left, near) 480 Otis (left, far) 634 Popeye (center) and 801 (right).

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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-0

747 and 68 have a kerfuffle 8 6 2019 by Lani H-0

2019.08.07:  747 exchanges pleasantries with 854 Divot video by mckate.:

7 Aug 2019 747 Exchanges Pleasantries with 854 Divot by mckate-0

7 Aug 2019 747 Exchanges Pleasantries with 854 Divot by mckate-0

2019.08.07-08.12:  Kam shared this 8/7-8/12/2019 close-up photo of 747 on 6/17/2020.

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2019.08.09:  On 8/9/2019, 747 is seen laying down and resting in the river. It appears that he is hoping to catch fish scraps as they float by without any effort on his part, video by mckate.

9 Aug 2019 747 Naps in the River, video by mckate-0