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LEFTY 775 PIC 2017.07.xx NPS PHOTO 2018 BoBr PG 82 01 PROFILE

775 Lefty July 2017 NPS photo 2018 Bears of Brooks River book page 82

Adult Male

Year First Identified:  2004 as an Adult Male

Known Offspring Of:  Unknown at this time

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  ?





Identification:

2015 Bears of Brooks River book:  775 is a medium-large bear with a tapering, but thick neck. He has a Roman nose and lacks a prominent brow ridge. His coat is a uniform brown. This bear’s most distinctive feature is short left ear.  Prior to 2011, both of his ears were the same size.

2016 - 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:  775 is a medium-large bear with a tapering, but thick neck. He has a Roman nose and lacks a prominent brow ridge. His coat is a uniform brown and he has a sizable scar near his left hip. This bear’s most distinctive feature is his short left ear.

Watch this Meet Bear 775 Lefty video  by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org to learn identification and distinctive behaviors that will help you identify 775 Lefty.

Meet Bear 775 Lefty - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore

Meet Bear 775 Lefty - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore

Distinctive Behaviors:

2015 Bears of Brooks River book:  Like 161 and 879, 775 is only known to use Brooks River in the fall. He is often seen fishing at the cut bank and sometimes further downstream, but does not typically approach the mouth of the river. Like many of the bears that use the river in the fall, he does not appear to be particularly tolerant of the presence of people. He often moves away from groups of people walking through the river.

2016 Bears of Brooks River book:  Until 2015, 775 was only known to use Brooks River in the fall.  That changed in July 2015, when he arrived unexpectedly at Brooks Falls and fished for several weeks. When he first arrived, 775 appeared to have no prior experience fishing at Brooks Falls and his behavior indicated he was very hungry. He challenged nearly every bear at the falls for fish, even very dominant bears like 856, and successfully stole fish from female bears. For several days, the mere sight of salmon caused him to run and pursue them. He even leaped off of the falls into the jacuzzi to try and catch salmon. After a few days, he learned to fish the lip of the falls without resorting to belly flops.

Bears are typically ravenous by early summer, but most bears with experience fishing at Brooks Falls know to bide their time and be patient. 775's frenzied activity showed his need for calories and lack of experience at the falls. He quickly learned to catch fish on the lip, a skill he did not posses when he first arrived. This, combined with his energetic pursuit of salmon, demonstrated his hunger and ability to learn.

In the fall, he is often seen fishing at the cut bank and sometimes further downstream, but does not typically approach the mouth of the river. Like many of the bears that use the river in the fall, he does not appear to be particularly tolerant of the presence of people. He often moves away from groups of people walking through the river.

Watch 775 Lefty leap off of Brooks Falls .

2017 & 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:  The same information that appears in the 2016 edition of the book also appears in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the book, with the following additional information found in the both  of those subsequent editions:

In 2016, 775 returned to Brooks Falls in July and consistently fished the lip of the falls. He rarely challenged other bears or attempted to steal fish, instead he focused on catching the salmon readily available to him. 

Note:  775 Lefty did return to the Brooks River in July 2017 and again fished Brooks Falls.  

Life History:

2004:  Adult Male, 1st Year Identified & Classified

775 Lefty was initially identified and classified in 2004 as an adult male.

October 2004:

2006:  Adult Male

October 2006:

2010:  Adult Male

Both of 775 Lefty's ears were the same size from 2004 - 2010

2011:  Adult Male

Prior to 2011, both of 775 Lefty's ears were the same size.

2013:  Adult Male

September 2013:

2014:  Adult Male

September 2014:

2015:  Adult Male

775 Lefty was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 66:

July 2015:

2015.07.12:  Mike Fitz captured video of 775 Lefty leaping off the falls on 7/12/2015. "Bear belly-flop! This bear, nicknamed Lefty, arrived at Brooks Falls in July 2015. Not willing to wait for salmon to come to him, he jumped off of the waterfall." 

Bear belly-flop! Video by Mike Fitz

Bear belly-flop! Video by Mike Fitz

Katmai National Park and Preserve also posted video of 775 Lefty's jump from 7/12/2015. "Few bears take the plunge off of Brooks Falls. Sometimes bears make a mistake and fall off of the falls, but 775 Lefty jumped through his own volition—several times. The sight of sockeye salmon was all the enticement that hungry bear needed."

Bear Belly Flops Off of Brooks Falls, video by Katmai National Park and Preserve

Bear Belly Flops Off of Brooks Falls, video by Katmai National Park and Preserve


Volunteer in Park Anna-Marie AZ captured these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 775 Lefty stealing 410's fish, 7/12/2015.

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

2015.07.13:  Explore posted a video of 775 Lefty on 7/13/2015 titled "Bear Fight at Brooks Falls Then Bear Jumps Off Waterfall!"

Bear Fight at Brooks Falls Then Bear Jumps Off Waterfall! - Live Cam Highlight, video by Explore Bears and Bison

Bear Fight at Brooks Falls Then Bear Jumps Off Waterfall! - Live Cam Highlight, video by Explore Bears and Bison

2015.07.14:  775 Lefty's leap, 7/14/2015 video by Lyn Gulbransen.

775 Lefty's Leap July 14 2015, video by Lyn Gulbransen

775 Lefty's Leap July 14 2015, video by Lyn Gulbransen

775 Lefty begging from 409 Beadnose, 7/14/2019 video by Martina.

Explore org bearcams Brooks Falls cam, video by Martina

Explore org bearcams Brooks Falls cam, video by Martina

Explore Bears and Bison posted a video on 7/14/2015. 755 Lefty is seen below the falls, climbing the falls, stealing a fish fom 409 Beadnose and running away with it.

Lefty the Fish Thief of Brooks River - Alternate view - Live Cam Highlight, video by Explore Bears and Bison

Lefty the Fish Thief of Brooks River - Alternate view - Live Cam Highlight, video by Explore Bears and Bison

480 Otis (far) and 775 Lefty (near) have words, 7/14/2015 video by Markindify.

Explore org bearcams Brooks Falls, video by Markindify

Explore org bearcams Brooks Falls, video by Markindify

2015.07.15:  775 Lefty and 409 Beadnose have words on the lip, 7/15/2015 video by Markindify.

Brooks Falls cam 775 Lefty and 409 Beadnose "having words", video by Markindify

Brooks Falls cam 775 Lefty and 409 Beadnose "having words", video by Markindify

2015.07.16:  Kenneth Kearney captured 4 photos of 775 Lefty taken on 7/16/2015 during his visit to Brooks Camp, #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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

2015.07.20:  775 Lefty catching fish on the lip, 7/20/2015 video by Markindify.

Explore org BF cam 7-20-15 775 Lefty, video by Markindify

Explore org BF cam 7-20-15 775 Lefty, video by Markindify

2015.07.22:  Shel shared 2 snapshots of 775 Lefty on the lip from 7/22/2015, #1 and #2.

2015.07.23:  Shel shared 2 snapshots of 775 Lefty with 480 Otis, #1 and #2.

Explore Bears and Bison posted a video on 7/23/2015 titled "Lefty Catches 20 Fish In His Feeding Frenzy."

Lefty Catches 20 Fish In His Feeding Frenzy - Brooks Falls - Live Cam Highlight, video by Explore Bears and Bison

Lefty Catches 20 Fish In His Feeding Frenzy - Brooks Falls - Live Cam Highlight, video by Explore Bears and Bison

2015.07.31:  480 Otis and 775 Lefty, 7/31/2015 video by Juergen.

Bandicam 2015 31

Bandicam 2015 31.07 480 Otis and 775 Lefty, video by Juergen

775 Lefty fishing the lip, 7/31/2019 video by Cruiser.

775 Lefty on the Lip Jul 31 2019, video by Cruiser

775 Lefty on the Lip Jul 31 2019, video by Cruiser

2016:  Adult Male

775 Lefty was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 77.  775 Lefty also appears on the Adult Males page, page 58.:

July 2016:

2016.07.??: Tim Auer captured video of 775 Lefty catching a fish on the lip in 4K, July 2016 2016.07.??:  ChandlerWest Photography captured video of this vicious attack on 775 Lefty by 128 Grazer in July of 2016. 775 had wandered to where 128 Grazer had her cubs and nearly lost his ear.

2016.07.06:  775 Lefty jumping and pouncing in the jacuzzi, 7/6/2016 video by Markindify.

775 Lefty BF 2016 july 6, video by Markindify

775 Lefty BF 2016 july 6, video by Markindify

LuvBears filmed video of 775 Lefty talking back to 814 Lurch, 7/6/2016. 480 Otis watches from the office.

Lefty talking back to Lurch 11 45pm 2016 July 6, video by LuvBears

Lefty talking back to Lurch 11 45pm 2016 July 6, video by LuvBears


2016.07.07:  775 Lefty steals 410's fish video by LuvBears.:

Lefty 775 steals 410's fish 2016 July 7 by LuvBears-0

Lefty 775 steals 410's fish 2016 July 7 by LuvBears-0

2016.07.08:  20:38:  505 and 775 Lefty fishing the lip video by Mickey Williams.:

8 38pm 070816 505 and 775 on lip Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

8 38pm 070816 505 and 775 on lip Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

2016.07.10:  Joe Bear filmed video of 775 Lefty stealing fish from 755 ScareD Bear on 7/10/2016.

How to steal fish, video by Joe Bear

How to steal fish, video by Joe Bear


2016.07.12:  505 fishing the lip with 775 Lefty. 505 is mostly hidden by 775........but........the "Queen" 410 is front and centre until 634 Popeye displaces her at the 2:00 mark; video by Mickey Williams.:

6 13pm 071216 775 lefty and 505 on the lip with 410 below Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

6 13pm 071216 775 lefty and 505 on the lip with 410 below Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams-0

2016.07.13:  Kenneth Kearney captured 17- 7/13/2016 photos of 775 Lefty during his trip to Brooks Camp, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16 and #17.

2016.07.16:  Truman Everts captured this photograph of 775 Lefty that shows 775's upper chest wound on July 16, 2016 at 20:42 (p 08/30/16 15:14).:


2016.07 26:  775 Lefty climbs down the old fish ladder at the beginning of this 7/26/2016 video by angerbodha. He is then seen roaming the Brooks Falls area.

775 Lefty, 480 Otis, 32 Chunk, 289 and 151 Walker 07262016, video by angerbodha

775 Lefty, 480 Otis, 32 Chunk, 289 and 151 Walker 07262016, video by angerbodha

Please request Truman Everts' permission prior to using his photographs!

2017:  Adult Male

775 Lefty is included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 79.  775 Lefty also appears on the cover of the 2017 edition of the book in a July 2016 NPS photo by Ranger Anela Ramos.:

2017 Season:

2017.??.??:   Park visitor, Mark Emery captured this video of 775 Lefty successfully fishing the lip of Brooks Falls.

2017.??.?? (Prior to August 6, 2017):  Pitchey shared made this August 6, 2017 comment with photo of 775 Lefty by a "recent" visitor to Brooks Camp.

July 2017:

2017.07.17:  Lefty vs The Salmon, with music, 7/17/2017 video by yesitsdonna.

775 Lefty vs

775 Lefty vs. The Salmon, video by yesitsdonna

2017.07.18:  Stand-off at the falls, 775 Lefty & mystery bear video by Melissa Freels. Update: The bear on the right is 801. Mazey (3/30/2020)

Stand off at the Falls! 775 Lefty and Mystery Bear, July 18, 2017 by Melissa Freels

Stand off at the Falls! 775 Lefty and Mystery Bear, July 18, 2017 by Melissa Freels

Brenda D captured video of a long stand-off between 775 Lefty and 801 (not 68) above the falls, 7/18/2017. 775 Lefty is on the left and 801 is on the right.

07.18

07.18.2017 - 775 Lefty and 801 (not 68) Above the Far Pool, video by Brenda D

2017.07.20-07.22:  ElaineDE visited Brooks Camp from 7/20-7/22/2017. She shared 2 photos of 775 Lefty in chat on 3/2/2020, photo #1 and 3/2/2020, photo #2.  In the first photo, 775 Lefty is seen standing to the right of 32 Chunk on the island. In the 2nd photo, 775 Lefty is observed fishing the lip. Elaine DE shared 7/20/2017 photos of 775 Lefty on 3/29/2020, #1, #2 and #3.

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

2017.07.20:  Phillydude's description of a 7/20/2017 Brenda D video: "an injured looking 856 gingerly makes his way across the top of the Falls and joins Lefty on the Lip, 856 was obviously not in any shape to get into a confrontation, but showed how much respect he has as a dominant Boar as Lefty felt awkward about the situation and walked off anyway."

07.20.2017 - 775 Lefty and 856 on the Lip, video by Brenda D

07.20.2017 - 775 Lefty and 856 on the Lip, video by Brenda D.


2017.07.21:  775 Lefty is on the lip and 856 is in the jacuzzi when 32 Chunk arrives at 1:27 and they both yield their fishing spots to him, 7/21/2017 video by Brenda D.

07.21.2017 - 775 Lefty, 856, 32 Chunk, video by Brenda D

07.21.2017 - 775 Lefty, 856, 32 Chunk, video by Brenda D.

2017.07.22 - 2017.07.24:  Park visitor and cam viewer, JstDucky captured this photo of 775 Lefty during her trip to Brooks Camp.  JstDucky shared this information when she shared the photo in the bearcam comments.:

"775 Lefty is such an interesting bear. He has trouble staying still or in any one place for any length of time. He's so enthusiastic and fishes and eats every salmon like he's afraid it might be his last meal, even if he just finished his previous fish 10 seconds earlier. He's also got quite a recognizable, and unique face (even if the ears didn't give him away). He also looks like he's got a fairly fresh wound on his chest that I hadn't noticed previously and have no idea when or how he received it."

On November 3, 2017 at 07:35, park visitor and cam viewer, Scammin commented and shared two July 22, 2017 - July 24, 2017 photos (#1 & #2 ) of 775 Lefty.  Scammin's comment with the photos:

"While some to many bear cam viewers agree that bear 68 has one of the best if not the best coat of fur at Brooks, there is always the other end of that spectrum. In the least QC category for 2017, I present exhibits A and B depicting 775 in all his late July glory. Happy Friday."

The fresh wound on 775 Lefty's chest is visible in the first photo Scammin shared .

Scammin shared photos of 775 Lefty on 3/29/2020.  #1  (by jstducky) and #2 (by scammin).

2017.07.29:  Sleepy 775 Lefty is bothered by mosquitoes, 7/29/2017 video by Markindify.

Lefty and the mosquitos, video by Markindify

Lefty and the mosquitos, video by Markindify

A close-up of 775 Lefty, 7/29/2017 video by flyer 7474.

775 Lefty at Brooks Falls 2017 07 29, video by flyer7474

775 Lefty at Brooks Falls 2017 07 29, video by flyer7474

2017.07.30:  503 gets a surprise when 775 Lefty closes in on him, 7/30/2017 video by flyer 7474.

503 Gets Surprised by 775 Lefty 2017 07 30, video by flyer 7474

503 Gets Surprised by 775 Lefty 2017 07 30, video by flyer 7474

2018:  Adult Male

775 Lefty was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 82.:

2018 Season:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 775 Lefty during the 2018 season.:

775 Lefty 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

775 Lefty 2018 Season by Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd)

Cam viewer GreenRiver shared a 2018 snapshot of 128 Grazer (near) and 775 Lefty (far) on the lip.

Kristi Odom filmed 775 Lefty on the lip in this video that was posted on 8/1/2018. 775 Lefty can be seen at 00:10 to 00:12, 00:37 to 01:03 and 02:07 to 2:17.

Bears of Brooks Falls, video by Kristi Odom

Bears of Brooks Falls, video by Kristi Odom

July 2018:

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-3

Katmi National Park 2 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-3

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-1

Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-1

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video that begins with 775 Lefty fishing the lip with 409 Beadnose.  854 Divot and other bear (804 ? maybe) can also be seen..

Katmai National Park 4 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Katmai National Park 4 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video of 603.  128 Grazer, 409 Beadnose (with fish), and 775 Lefty on the lip near to far at the beginning of this video.  409 takes her fish closer to the fish ladder to consume her fish.  The video then switches to 603 (believed by some to possibly be 68 in the early season) and 856 (left to right) at the 0:36 mark  The video then goes back to the bears on the lip and then back again to 603 and 856.  The sweeping briefly to 755 Scare D Bear on the North side of the river.:

Katmai National Park 10 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Katmai National Park 10 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video of 603 (believed by some to possibly be early season 68) seen begging from 409 Beadnose while 128 Grazer and 775 Lefty fish the lip. When 603 turns away 856 is seen to the right.:.

Katmai National Park 11 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-2

Katmai National Park 11 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-2

2018.07.04:  775 Lefty is greeted by 634 Popeye (not 747) and 480 Otis video by Brenda D.:

07.04

07.04.2018 - 775 Lefty is Greeted by 747 and 480 by Brenda D

Victoria White also captured video of 775 Lefty on 7/4/2018. After 775 arrives at the falls, 634 Popeye chases him up on the lip as 480 Otis comes over to see what is going on.

775 Lefty & 634 Popeye (not 747) and 480 at BF ~ 2018 07 04

775 Lefty & 634 Popeye (not 747) and 480 at BF ~ 2018 07 04

2018.07.05:  775 Lefty video by Brenda D:

07.05

07.05.2018 - 775 Lefty as His Goofy Self! by Brenda D-0

2018.07.06:  775 Lefty video by Ratna Narayan::

More floppy right ear lefty 7 6 18 by Ratna Narayan

More floppy right ear lefty 7 6 18 by Ratna Narayan

2018.07.07:  775 Lefty fishing the lip of Brooks Falls, 7/7/2018 video by Maurice Whalen, KNP Volunteer. "Lefty was a fishing machine on the lip of Brooks Falls at Katmai National Park in 2018. This was July 7, 2018. There were several occasions where he caught fish, checked them out and dropped them apparently because they weren't good enough, or weren't female with eggs."

Bear 775, Lefty, fishing on the lip of Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, AK

Bear 775, Lefty, fishing on the lip of Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, AK. July 2018, video by Maurice Whalen

2018.07.08:  775 Lefty surprises 128 Grazer on the lip video by Lani H.:

775 Lefty surprised 128 Grazer on the lip July 7, 2018 by Lani H

775 Lefty surprised 128 Grazer on the lip July 7, 2018 by Lani H

2018.07.09:  775 Lefty has words with another adult male video by Lani H.:

Unknown boar and 775 Lefty have words 7 9 2018 by Lani H

Unknown boar and 775 Lefty have words 7 9 2018 by Lani H

2018.07.11:  775 Lefty at Brooks Falls, video by Victoria White.

775 Lefty at Brooks Falls ~ 2018 07 11, video by Victoria White

775 Lefty at Brooks Falls ~ 2018 07 11, video by Victoria White

During a 7/11/2018 Play by Play with Mike Fitz and Ranger Andrew LaValle, 409 Beadnose and 775 Lefty are seen fishing the lip, video by Brenda D. At 9:34, 775 Lefty challenges 409 Beadnose for her newly caught fish and steals it.  409 can then be seen biting and grabbing 775's right ear at 9:56.

07.11

07.11.2018 - Mike Fitz, Ranger Andrew, Play by Play, video by Brenda D-2

How 775 Lefty almost lost his ear video by tsaneda.  856 attacks an unidentified female at the top of the falls. 775 Lefty steals a fish the hard way from 409 and almost loses his ear in the process. 856 looks on and then after heading down the fish ladder chases an unidentified male.  Sometime between 7:00-7:30p AKDT:

How Lefty almost lost his ear 11 Jul 2018, video by tsaneda

How Lefty almost lost his ear 11 Jul 2018, video by tsaneda

2018.07.12:  775 Lefty and 755 Scare D. Bear on the lip video by Lani H.:

755 Scare D Bear and 775 Lefty on the lip, 755 finally catches one 7 12 2018 appx 10 30pm AK by Lani H

755 Scare D Bear and 775 Lefty on the lip, 755 finally catches one 7 12 2018 appx 10 30pm AK by Lani H

2018.07.17:  854 Divot(?) is displaced by 747 sending her up the log and into 775 Lefty on the lip video by Mickey Williams.:

7-17-18 Bear climbs log into 775 Lefty Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

7-17-18 Bear climbs log into 775 Lefty Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

 83 Wayne Brother and 775 Lefty have words. 83 does a little cowboy walking, 7/17/2018 video  by Victoria White.

83 Wayne Brother & 775 Lefty have words ~ 2018 07 17, video by Victoria White

83 Wayne Brother & 775 Lefty have words ~ 2018 07 17, video by Victoria White

2018.07.17:  503 refuses to leave the lip for 775 Lefty, 7/17/2018 video by Birgitt. 409 Beadnose arrives at 1:33 and stands to the left of 503.

503 Refuses to Leave the Lip for 775 2018-07-17, video by Birgitt

503 Refuses to Leave the Lip for 775 2018-07-17, video by Birgitt.

2018.07.18:  Victoria White captured video of 775 Lefty fishing the lip on 7/18/2018.

775 Lefty at Brooks Falls ~ 2018 07 18, video by Victoria White

775 Lefty at Brooks Falls ~ 2018 07 18, video by Victoria White

2018.07.28:  775 Lefty video by Lani H.:

775 Lefty 7 28 2018 by Lani H

775 Lefty 7 28 2018 by Lani H

2018.07.31:  775 Lefty fishing the lip with many salmon jumping video by Lani H.:

775 Lefty versus all the jumping salmon 7 31 2018 by Lani H

775 Lefty versus all the jumping salmon 7 31 2018 by Lani H

2019:  Adult Male

April 2019:

2019.04.27:  Kam created this artwork of 409 Beadnose, 128 Grazer and 775 Lefty (near to far) inspried by a photo taken in 2018 or prior.

2019 Season:  

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2019 season video of 775 Lefty.

Bear 775 Lefty 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 775 Lefty 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Scooch shared this 2019 GIF of 775 Lefty fishing on the lip. "775 Lefty, making it look easy."

CarolineB shared these mid-summer 2019 snapshots of 775 Lefty, #1, #2 and #3.


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

2019 Alaska Nice Bears by Yari Leopold

July 2019:

2019.07.05:  503 catches, 775 Lefty chases, Shaggy (unidentified mane bear) scores, 7/5/2019 video by mckate.

5 Jul 2019 503 Catches, 775 Chases, Shaggy Scores, video by mckate

5 Jul 2019 503 Catches, 775 Chases, Shaggy Scores, video by mckate

2019.07.06-07.16: Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor angerbodha captured 14 photos of 775 Lefty on various dates during her 7/6-7/16/2019 visit, #1 (far, on lip), #2 (near), #3 (near), #4 (right), #5 (right), #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13 and #14.


2019.07.08:  NWBearLove92 shared 2 photos of 775 Lefty on 3/29/2020, #1 in the far pool and #2 on the lip. NWBearLove92 shared a 7/8/2019 photo of 775 Lefty on 3/31/2020.

Please request NWBearLove92's permission prior to using any of their photographs!

2019.07.09: NWBearLove shared photos of 775 Lefty in the far pool on 3/29/2020, #1  and #2.

Please request NWBearLove92's permission prior to using any of their photographs!

2019.07.10:  775 lies down on the job video by mckate.:

10 Jul 2019 775 Lies Down on the Job by mckate

10 Jul 2019 775 Lies Down on the Job by mckate

2019.07.12:  68 launches at 775 Lefty video by mckate.:

12 Jul 2019 68 Launches at 775 Lefty by mckate

12 Jul 2019 68 Launches at 775 Lefty by mckate

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

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

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

NWBearLove92 shared photos of 775 Lefty and 402 with her 3 yearlings on 3/29/2020, #1, #2 and #3. NWBearLove explained the sequence of photos: "During my 2019 trip to Brooks Lefty was very active at the falls. It was hot and there were less salmon around. He pirated fish from some boars including 801 and also from several different subs. However, on 7/12/19 he messed with the wrong sow. 402 and her 3 yearlings were fishing together in the riffles. She caught a fish and was sharing it with the cubs. One of the cubs grabbed a big chunk and ran towards the platform. Lefty was watching and decided to try and go after the cub to steal it’s fish. 402 immediately went after him and gave him some good thwacks. He departed quickly. She then rounded up the cubs to make sure they were all ok and the family went back to fishing. It all happened so fast and it was amazing to see in person. I have a few pics of the event, but they are not great. The light was not good and the fight happened so fast I couldn’t get a good shot. I wish I had caught it on video." NWBearLove92 shared a 7/12/2019 photo of 68 (left) with 775 Lefty (right) on 3/29/2020. NWBearLove shared another 7/12/2019 photo of 68 (left) and 775 Lefty (right) on 6/21/2020 .68 is seen attacking 775 Lefty.

Please request NWBearLove92's permission prior to using any of their photographs!

Arlene Beech captured video from the same day as NWBearLoves above photos. The altercation was not seen on the 7/12/2019 video.

402 and her gorgeous triplets. Brooks Falls

402 and her gorgeous triplets. Brooks Falls. 12 July 2019, video by Arlene Beech

2019.07.13:  775 Lefty runs to the lip when he sees the salmon jumping, 7/13/2019 video by Lani H.

775 Lefty runs to the lip 7 13 2019, video by Lani H

775 Lefty runs to the lip 7 13 2019, video by Lani H

2019.07.14:  Scooch shared this 7/14/2019 snapshot of 775 Lefty on 3/29/2020. 

Scooch also shared a paraphrase of an Iris blessing: "A wish for Lefty ~
May God grant you always
a sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering bear angel
so nothing can harm you,
a safe den to cheer you,  
faithful friends near you,  
and whenever you fish
a salmon to fill you."

Arlene Beech captured video of "Lefty with a Catch", 7/14/2019

Lefty (775) with a catch. Brooks Falls

Lefty (775) with a catch. Brooks Falls. 14 July 2019, video by Arlene Beech

2019.07.15:  747 steals 775 Lefty's fish video by mckate.:

15 Jul 2019 747 Steals 775's Fish by mckate

15 Jul 2019 747 Steals 775's Fish by mckate

747 takes 775 Lefty's fish, 7/15/2019 video by Lani H.

747 takes 775 Lefty's fish 7 15 2019, video by Lani H

747 takes 775 Lefty's fish 7 15 2019, video by Lani H

775 Lefty watches the mosh pit video by mckate.  What an amazing fish boil in the J!:

15 Jul 2019 775 Watches the Mosh Pit by mckate

15 Jul 2019 775 Watches the Mosh Pit by mckate

Up close with 775 Lefty, 7/15/2019 video by flyer 7474.

775 Lefty on 2019 07 15, video by flyer 7474

775 Lefty on 2019 07 15, video by flyer 7474

2019.07.21:  Meeting of the bent and partial ear club ~ 480 Otis (left), 775 Lefty (center) and 755 Scare D. Bear (right) video by Lani H.:

Meeting of the bent and partial ear club 7 21 2019 480 Otis (left), 775 Lefty (center) & 755 Scare D Bear (right) by Lani H-0

Meeting of the bent and partial ear club 7 21 2019 480 Otis (left), 775 Lefty (center) & 755 Scare D Bear (right) by Lani H-0

2019.07.23:  801 moves 775 Lefty out of the far pool, 7/23/2019 video by Victoria White.

775 Lefty & 801 ? at BF ~ 2019 07 23, video by Victoria White

775 Lefty & 801 ? at BF ~ 2019 07 23, video by Victoria White

2019.07.24:  775 Lefty fishing the lip, 7/24/2019 video by Victoria White.

775 Lefty at BF ~ 2019 07 24, video by Victoria White

775 Lefty at BF ~ 2019 07 24, video by Victoria White.

2019.07.26:  775 Lefty is seen arriving at the oxbow at 0:49 in this 7/26/2019 video by Birgitt.

902 Fifi & 821 Pepper Head Out When 775 Lefty Arrives Followed by 901 & 610 in a Bear Parade 2019-07-26 22-36-08-854, video by Birgitt

902 Fifi & 821 Pepper Head Out When 775 Lefty Arrives Followed by 901 & 610 in a Bear Parade 2019-07-26 22-36-08-854, video by Birgitt


2019.07.30:  83 Wayne Brother harasses 775 Lefty video by mckate.  Mckate's description of this video:

"I'm not sure what got into 83 Wayne Bro. Before all this started Lefty had walked across the top of the lip and looked like he might be thinking about entering the far pool where 83 was, but that didn't seem like it would warrant such a strong response. That's not a good spot for a fight, and I thought Lefty actually looked pretty scared. Glad it ended okay.":

30 Jul 2019 83 Harasses 775 by mckate

30 Jul 2019 83 Harasses 775 by mckate

2019.07.31:  775 Lefty on the lip video by Cruiser:

775 Lefty on the Lip Jul 31 2019 by Cruiser

775 Lefty on the Lip Jul 31 2019 by Cruiser

Scooch shared a 7/31/2019 snapshot of 775 Lefty on the lip.

August 2019:  

2019.08.??:  Kam captured these photographs (#1 & #2 ) of 775 Lefty in August 2019 (p 03/03/2020 20:19 ). Please request Kam's permission prior to using their photographs!

DanteV2000 share an August 2019 photo of 775 Lefty on the lip on 7/1/2020. Please request DanteV2000's permission  prior to using their photographs! 

2019.08.01:  775 Lefty gives 812 a thumbs down video by mckate.  775 Lefty wanted to know how the kid could miss that fish! Actually he probably just didn't like the way 812 looked at him, but it was a funny reaction..:

1 Aug 2019 775 Gives 812 a Thumbs Down by mckate

1 Aug 2019 775 Gives 812 a Thumbs Down by mckate

503, 128 Grazer and 775 Lefty, left to right, fish the lip, 8/1/2019 video by Lani H.

503, 128 Grazer, and 775 Lefty on the lip 8 1 2019, video by Lani H

503, 128 Grazer, and 775 Lefty on the lip 8 1 2019, video by Lani H

2019.08.02 - 2019.08.05:  Kacko and Goof_n captured this photograph of 775 Lefty (p 03/03/2020 19:38 ). Goof_n shared 8/2-8/5/2019 photos of 775 Lefty in chat on 3/29/2020, #1, #2, and #3. Goof_n shared photos of 775 Lefty on 3/29/2020, #1, #2,  #3 and #4. Goof_n shared this 8/4/2019 photo of 128 Grazer and 775 Lefty on 3/29/2020. Goof_n shared 8/4/2019 photos of 775 Lefty and 775 Lefty with 151 Walker on 3/29/2020. Photos #1, #2 and #3.  Mckate appears to have captured 8/4/2019 video (see below) at the same time as Kacko and Goof_n's 8/4/2019 photos of 151 Walker and 775 Lefty on the lip together. Goof_n shared this 8/2/2019 photo of 775 Lefty fishing the lip side-saddle on 4/17/2020.

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2019.08.03:  812 (right) with 821 (left with scar) photograph by Goof_N & Kacko (p 01/04/2020 13:13 ).  Kacko and Goof_n also captured this August 3, 2019 photograph of 812 (near) with 128 Grazer (center) and 775 Lefty (far) (p 02/26/2020 08:03 ).:

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Mckate captured video of 854 Divot (near) and 775 Lefty (far) fishing on the lip on 8/3/2019.

3 Aug 2019 An-ti-ci-pa-tion, video by mckate-0

3 Aug 2019 An-ti-ci-pa-tion, video by mckate-0


2019.08.04:  775 Lefty and 151 Walker video by mckate.  151 Walker and 775 Lefty actually shared the lip rather amicably after this one upset. The fish who jumped over Walker's neck made a lucky escape!:

4 Aug 2019 151 and 775 Work Out Differences by mckate

4 Aug 2019 151 and 775 Work Out Differences by mckate

DanteV2000 shared this 8/4/2019 photo of 854 Divot (near) and 775 Lefty (far) on the lip on 6/19/2020.

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2019.08.05:  DanteV2000 shared this 8/5/2019 photo of 775 Lefty on 6/16/2020.

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2019.08.06:  909 and 910 keep an eye on 775 Lefty (sitting on top of the falls) while they fish the lip, 8/6/2019 video by Birgitt.

909 & 910 Trying to Fish & Watch 775 Lefty at the Same Time 2019-08-06 17-54-23-943, video by Birgitt

909 & 910 Trying to Fish & Watch 775 Lefty at the Same Time 2019-08-06 17-54-23-943, video by Birgitt


2019.08.07:  775 Lefty, 128 Grazer & 755 Scare D Bear video by mckate:

7 Aug 2019 128 and 775 Wait for 755 by mckate-3

Moskelbear shared this 8/7/2019 photo of 775 Lefty on 6/12/2020.

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2019.08.08-08.10: Izzy52 captured this 8/9/2019 or 8/10/2019 photo of 775 Lefty and shared it on 3/28/2020. Izzy52 shared photos of 775 Lefty and 775 Lefty with 812 on 3/29/2020. Photos #1, #2, #3 , #4 and #5. Izzy 52's photos of 775 Lefty and 812 on the lip are possibly taken on the same day as Lani H's 8/10/2019 video below.

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2019.08.10:  775 Lefty thinks about taking fish from 812, 8/10/2019 video  by Lani H.

775 Lefty thinks about taking fish from 812 8 10 2019, video by Lani H

775 Lefty thinks about taking fish from 812 8 10 2019, video by Lani H

September 2019:

2019.09.19:  775 Lefty fishing at the oxbow, 9/19/2019 video by Birgitt.

775 Lefty on the Gravel Bar 2019-09-19 21-34-49-951, video by Birgitt

775 Lefty on the Gravel Bar 2019-09-19 21-34-49-951, video by Birgitt

2019.09.30:  775 Lefty returns looking large video by mckate.:

30 Sep 2019 775 Returns Looking Large by mckate

30 Sep 2019 775 Returns Looking Large by mckate

October 2019:

2019.10.01:  755 ScareD Bear (left) and 775 Lefty (right), 10/1/2019 video by Lani H.

755 Scare D Bear and 775 Lefty 10 1 2019, video by Lani H

755 Scare D Bear and 775 Lefty 10 1 2019, video by Lani H

2019.10.02 06:00:  775 Lefty competes in the 2019 Fat Bear Week Tournament Round 1 vs 480 Otis:

KNP&P's October 2, 2019 06:00 AKDT Facebook post :  480 Otis vs 775 Lefty  "Welcome to Fat Bear Week Round 1! Today's first match-up features a nervous nelly vs. a cool customer. Known as the head bobbing lip-fisher, 775 Lefty, entertained many a Brooks Camp visitor with his fishing prowess . 775 Lefty didn’t settle for leftovers. His spot on the river fed him a slippery salmon buffet. Two-time Fat Bear Week champion, 480 Otis, gets his substantial size by practicing a "move less, eat more" fishing technique. This zen-master ’s famous figure has earned him this spot in the fat bear bracket for the 5th time."

775 Lefty's September 21, 2019 photo used for the October 2, 2019 06:00 Round 1 match-up between 775 and 480 Otis was actually a September 21, 2019 photo of 879.  Team503 created this poster :

2019.10.03:  775 Lefty NPS photos by Ranger Tammy Carmack from KNP&P Flickr (photo #1 & #2 ):

775 Lefty in the far pool video by Lani H.  Note:  775's scar is clearly visible.:

775 Lefty in the far pool 10 3 2019 by Lani H-0

775 Lefty in the far pool 10 3 2019 by Lani H-0

2019.10.05:  October 5, 2019 snapshots by cam viewers where 775 Lefty's scar is still clearly visible.:

Owl_and_Osprey_Lover_CA2017 captured this snapshot .  Bookmom captured this snapshot .  TinyJulz captured this snapshot .   Xander-Sage captured this snapshot :

Lani H created this video of 775 Lefty below the falls.:

775 Lefty 10 5 2019 by Lani H ~ 775 Lefty's scar still visible-0

775 Lefty 10 5 2019 by Lani H ~ 775 Lefty's scar still visible-0

Mckate captured this video of 775 Lefty on 10/5/2019, "775 cleans up well."

5 Oct 2019 775 Cleans Up Well, video by mckate

5 Oct 2019 775 Cleans Up Well, video by mckate

2020:  Adult Male

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How 775 Lefty Got His Nickname:

775 Lefty's nickname was inspired by his wonky left ear.  

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