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DIVOT 854 PIC 2018.09.24 KNP&P FB 2018.10.05 12.00

854 Divot September 24, 2018 NPS photo KNP&P Facebook Post

Adult Female

Year First Identified:  2004 as a 2.5 year-old subadult, Year of Birth:  2002

Offspring Of:  216 Marilyn and 24 BB (DNA analysis confirmation)

Known Litters of Cubs:  2

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  854 Divot was successfully sampled by Ranger Tamara Olson between 2005 - 2007.  854 Divot was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton on October 5, 2016.  



Identification:

2018 Bears of Brooks River book:  854 is medium-sized female. She has a golden-blond coat in July which darkens by late August to brown. Her muzzle is short and straight. In July, 854 often has a noticeable shed patch on her forehead. Her most distinctive feature is a circular scar around her neck from a wire snare that was removed in July 2014 (see Life History section below).  This scar, however, can sometimes be hard to see.

From Meet Bear 854 Divot video:   Watch this Meet Bear 854 Divot video  by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org to learn identification and distinctive behaviors that will help you identify 854 Divot.

Meet Bear 854 Divot - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore-0

Meet Bear 854 Divot - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore-0



Distinctive Behaviors:

2018 Bears of Brooks River book:  Over the past several years, her use of the river has varied considerably. In some years (2013) she used the river infrequently, while in others (fall 2014) she was seen almost daily. As a young bear, she was often seen at the mouth of Brooks River in May digging in exposed gravel, apparently attracted to those spots by rotten scraps of salmon from the previous year. The divots she left in the gravel inspired her nickname. 854 has learned to associated people with fish. In the lower Brooks River, she will often sit or lie on the shore while people fish nearby. She often looks like she is resting and not paying attention to the water, but when someone hooks a fish, she quickly enters the water in pursuit of an easy meal. Each time a bear takes a fish from someone’s fishing line it reinforces that behavior. The bear is then more likely to approach people in the future with the idea of obtaining food.

Life History:

2002:  Spring Cub with 216 Marilyn & Littermate 790 Weevil Bear

854 Divot's year of birth.  854 Divot is the 2002 offspring of 216 Marilyn and 24 BB (aka Bald Butt) .  This was 216 Marilyn's second known litter of cubs.  854 had one female littermate, 790 Weevil Bear.  

2003:  Yearling Cub with 216 Marilyn & Littermate 790 Weevil Bear

854 Divot was a yearling cub in 2003, remaining with her mother, 216 Marilyn and her littermate, 790 Weevil Bear.

July 2003:

There is a photo by Harry Eggens that is stated to be of 216 Marilyn and her two yearlings, 854 Divot and 790 Weevil Bear  The photo with comment stating that it is 216 Marilyn, 854 Divot and 790 Weevil Bear can be found at this saved Pintrest link by Joene Conrad at this link .  Mazey was able to locate a direct link to Harry Eggens' photo

2004:  2.5 Year-Old Independent Subadult, Year First Identified

854 Divot was initially classified as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult bear in 2004 and assigned her bear monitoring number.

2005:  3.5 Year-Old Subadult

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2006:  4.5 Year-Old Subadult

2007:  5.5 Year-Old

June 2007:

July 2007:

September 2007:

2008:  6.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

Early Season 2008:

Ranger Jeanne shared photos of 854 Divot and 218 Ugly from early season 2008.  

2009:  7.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

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2010:  8.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

July 2010:

September 2010:

2011:  9.5 Year-Old Single Adult Female

2011 Season:

2011.??.??:  854 Divot can be seen from 0:56 - 3:07 in this 2011 video   published on 10/22/2019 by Travel Adventure.  854 Divot dives completely underwater to get the fish.:

Alaska 2011 version 2 by Travel Adventure

Alaska 2011 version 2 by Travel Adventure

September 2011:

2011.09.01: Cam viewer Jen Schneider visited Brooks Camp on 9/1/2011 and captured video of 854 Divot.

854 Divot fishing- Brooks Camp Brooks River Katmai National Park

854 Divot fishing- Brooks Camp Brooks River Katmai National Park

2012:  10 Year-Old Single Adult Female

854 Divot was included in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook .  The photos from the book are included on this page under the month and year they were taken.

2013:  11 Year-Old Adult Female with 2 Spring Cubs, 1st Known Litter

2013 Season:

854 Divot returned to Brooks River with two spring cubs, her 1st known litter.  One of those offspring was a female.  854 Divot and her two spring cubs can be seen in this video by Stu & Jor:

July 2013:

2013.07.19:  A sow with two spring cubs was observed on July 19, 2013.  It is now believed that this was actually 854 Divot and her two spring cubs.  Ranger Jeanne captured a few photos of them near the lagoon / point areas.

August 2013:

854 Divot and her 2 spring cubs were observed in August 2013 per Ranger Mike Fitz in his August 4, 2014 Katmai Terrane Blog:  Removing a Wire Snare from 854 Divot

September 2013:

2013.09.05:  This video by David Thibault may be 854 Divot and her two spring cubs at the head of Brooks River up near Lake Brooks .  

Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Sept 5 2013 by David Thibault

Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Sept 5 2013 by David Thibault

2013.09.16-09.17:  Happyhoppywildlife (Peter Zwiers) captured photos of 854 Divot alone (photo #1 ) and with her spring cub (photo #2 ) on 9/16/2013. Mr Zwiers also captured photo #3 of 854 Divot alone on 9/17/2013.

2014:  12 Year-Old Adult Female w/  2 Yearlings, then 1 Remaining Yearling

2014 Season:

This Explore video published on 6/4/2015 is from early 2014 when 854 is seen with her 2 yearlings.

Katmai Cubs Follow Their Mom to the Shore - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

Katmai Cubs Follow Their Mom to the Shore - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight

July 2014:

2014.07.12:  NPS photo of 854 Divot and her two yearlings from the KNP&P blog, Removing a Wire Snare from 854 Divot :

JB Grace captured video of 854 Divot and her 2 yearling cubs on the same day as the NPS photos above, 7/12/2014.

Mamma bear Divot and CUBS 07-12-14, video by JB Grace

Mamma bear Divot and CUBS 07-12-14, video by JB Grace

2014.07.13:  Cam watcher bearlover7 captured 2 photos of 854 Divot and her 2 yearlings on the lower river on 7/13/2014, photo#1 with one yearling and #2 with both yearlings.


2014.07.28:  854 Divot returned to Brooks Camp with a wire snare around her neck and only one of her two yearlings.  Over the next three days, KNP&P mounts a mission to save her .  

Mission to save Bear 854, Divot, from a wolf snare, video by Katmai National Park and Preserve

Mission to save Bear 854, Divot, from a wolf snare, video by Katmai National Park and Preserve

2014.07.29:  

2014.07.29 - 2014.07.30:  Katmai rangers kept bearcam viewers updated on the mission to save 854 Divot.  Part of those updates came via this Explore.org blog:  Update on Divot the bear

"Update on Divot the Bear From the Bear Cam Rangers in Katmai National Park:

Earlier today, many of you saw the sow with a single cub at the Lower River. That is believed to have been Divot, 854, now with only one cub. That alone would be news, but it also appears that she has been caught in a wolf snare, broken free, but still has the snare around her neck. From the photos we have, it looks as if it has cut into her neck. Our plan is to attempt to tranquilize her on Tuesday and remove the snare. This is a long shot, as she has not been routinely seen this year and we may not even be able to locate her. Perhaps with fewer Brooks Camp visitors and a fair number of salmon around she will linger just a while longer. Keep your fingers crossed.

Update at 2pm PST: Divot’s Last Known Location – see photo above. From Ranger Roy, “Divot and cub were seen a few hours ago near Brooks Camp, but have since moved to the creek on the north side of Dumping Mountain and have disappeared into the forest. The biologist who will do the darting is almost here. If she continues up the creek to fish it will nearly be impossible to track her. let’s hope she moves back down to the beach where she can be seen. Unfortunately, the winds are also picking up, which greatly complicates matters.

Update at 7pm PST: From Ranger Jeanne, “Here is a map [see above] that depicts the locations where 854 Divot was seen. On July 12, I took photos of 854 Divot on the Brooks River. On July 24, bearcam viewer CalliopeJane took a photo of 854 Divot somewhere between Big Creek and Naknek River Camp. I do not have the exact GPS coordinates of the location where CalliopeJane took the photo. The GPS point on the map marks Divot’s location earlier today. When she was first seen this morning, she was on the road moving in the direction of the Brooks Falls trailhead. She traveled down Brooks River, onto the gravel bar, on the beach to Mortuary Point and around the north shore of Dumpling Mountain in just a few hours. The last I heard from Ranger Mike around noon today, she had gone into the woods near the GPS point. Hopefully Rangers Roy and Mike will have an update later tonight.”

Update at 7:30 pm PST: From Ranger Roy, “Hello all: We are back, and despite seeing Divot and cub briefly, we were unsuccessful at tranquilizing her. Here is what happened:

This morning, Divot and cubs were seen at about 8:30am at Lake Brooks, Rangers began following her on foot and continue dot do so until she reached Dumpling Creek.

She and her cub were last seen fishing Dumpling Creek around 11:00am, and then disappeared up the creek.

Around 1:30, we arrived on scene with the biologist that is licensed to administer tranquilizers. We did a sweep of the heavily forested and steep terrain, and while we saw recent evidence of bear activity, we saw neither of them. We returned to the boats and waited. One boat patrolled the lakeshore looking for her, the other waited where she was last seen. After about 90 minutes, we were preparing to leave and we saw her a few hundred yards down the beach. She rapidly closed the distance faster than we could prepare for the shot and she went right up the creek again. Even if we had been ready we may not have taken the shot because having her head back of the creek again while tranquilized would have made it difficult for us to deal with her and locate her. The park plane was in the area and flew the creek and observed that she continued up the creek. We waited for her return, but had to call it off because after tranquilizing a bear, it takes about 4 hours for them to be fully in control again, and it would have put us out there after dark. We will continue looking for her early Wednesday morning around camp, and will also go back to her little salmon fishing paradise, too.

I was unable to read too far into the thousands of comments, but I get the idea that some have speculated that we have received resistance from above. That is absolutely false. We requested assistance from our regional office and received it within minutes. The perceived delay was not because of red tape, it was purely logistical–Nothing happens fast in bush Alaska. We did not have to get permission from anyone to address the issue, we simply had to locate people with the necessary skills and equipment and then transport them to one of the most remote places on earth, hence the 24hr delay.

The wire that is around her neck may be a snare, or it may be something else. We won’t know for sure until we remove it. Trapping is not allowed in the park, but this sow and cub are easily capable of traveling outside the park in a few days. There is currently no reason to jump to the conclusion that there is poaching in the park. If it is indeed a snare, it may have been accidentally left behind last winter. Trapping is generally done for furs, and this is the wrong season for that. Too much shedding going on.

I will probably edit this again, but I wanted to get an update to you all as soon as possible. Please do not assume that something nefarious is going on when we are silent. We had 8 people on the ground and three in a plane looking for her. All who have been involved in attempting this rescue have Divot’s best interest at heart at all times.”

Update 7/30 at 10am PST: From Ranger Roy, “Divot was just spotted and we are off to try again. It may be hours before my next update, so please be patient and try not to get sucked into too much speculation. I will give you a full report upon my return.”

Update 7/30 at 7pm PST: Today, rangers and biologist tranquilized and treated a female bear with a wire snare tightly wound around her neck. The snare was removed and an iodine-like liquid (betadine) was applied to her wound. Look for a live chat with Ranger Roy and Mike about this situation later this week, or join the discussion now in the comments stream on the #bearcam."

2014.07.30:  Ranger Grant Hilderbrand, NPS Wildlife Biologist and his team of KNP&P rangers successfully locate, sedate, and removed the wire snare from 854 Divot's neck  


Mission to Save 854 Divot video :

Mission to save Bear 854, Divot, from a wolf snare by KNP&P

Mission to save Bear 854, Divot, from a wolf snare by KNP&P

August 2014:

2014.08.04:  Katmai Terrane Blog:  Removing a Wire Snare from 854 Divot by Ranger Mike Fitz.

September 2014:

854 Divot and her remaining yearling can be seen in front of the lower river platform in this September 2014 video by Anna-Marie_AZ. That yearling was assigned the number 600 in 2015 after being emancipated as a 2.5 year old.

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

2014.09.??:   Octavio Garduno captured 2 videos of 854 Divot and her remaining yearling in September 2014.

Video #1:

Katmai National Park, video by Octavio Garduno-1

Katmai National Park, video by Octavio Garduno-1

Video #2:

Katmai National Park, video by Octavio Garduno-2

Katmai National Park, video by Octavio Garduno-2

2014.09.01:  Cam viewer Janie Nook captured video of 854 Divot and her yearling swimming and fishing on the lower river on 9/1/2014.

854 Divot and yearling, swimming bear Lower River, September 1, 2014, video by Janie Nook

854 Divot and yearling, swimming bear Lower River, September 1, 2014, video by Janie Nook

2014.09.03:  854 and her remaining yearling can be seen in this 9/3/2014 photo by Wilson Hepler. If you click on the photo it will zoom in and you can see the scar on 854's neck.

 2014.09.15:  Anna- Marie_AZ captured 4 photos of 854 Divot and her yearling on 9/15/2014, #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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

2014.09.29:  This 9/29/2014 photo by Arvind Agrawal appears to be 854 Divot and her yearling on the beach.

October 2014:

2014.10.13:  854 Divot with her remaining yearling snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) by Riverrock .:

MsDebbiB captured 10/13/2014 video of 854 Divot (not 171) and her remaining yearling on the lower river. 854 Divot's neck scar from the wolf snare is clearly seen.

Bear 854 Divot (not 171) with her cub at Katmai Oct 13, 2014, video by MsDebbiB

Bear 854 Divot (not 171) with her cub at Katmai Oct 13, 2014, video by MsDebbiB

2015:  13 Year-Old Single Adult Female

May 2015:

2015.05.17:  854 Divot was observed being courted by 634 Popeye on Dumpling Mountain by Mike Fitz.  They are the 2nd courting couple in Mike's video ::

Courting bears on Dumpling Mountain May 17, 2015 video by Mike Fitz-1548483678

Courting bears on Dumpling Mountain May 17, 2015 video by Mike Fitz-1548483678

June 2015:

2015.06.09 or Prior:  854 Divot was observed being courted by 856.  856 was believed to be the most dominant boar using the Brooks River at that time.  The KNP&P blog: Bigger is Better? by Ranger Mike Fitz includes a photo of the courting couple:

2015.06.24:  Mike Fitz' photo of 854 Divot that Mike shared on June 19, 2018:

July 2015:

2015.07.28:

10:01:  KNP&P's July 15, 2016 10:01 Facebook post about the 1 year anniversary of 854 Divot's return to Brooks Camp with the wire snare around her neck.  

"One year ago today, 854 Divot arrived at Brooks River with a wire snare cutting into her neck. Two days later, a team of rangers and biologists successfully removed the snare. 854 is back this year and while the scar from the snare remains, her behavior and overall size indicate she has not suffered any long term affects from the snare."

2016:  14 Year-Old Adult Female with 3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter

2016 Season:

Cruiser shared this 2016 season snapshot of 854 Divot:

September 2016:

2016.09.01:  854 Divot and her 3 spring cubs were observed.  Ranger Daniel Lombardi captured this photos:

During a Ranger Chat with Rangers Michael Saxton and Ranger Daniel Lombardi on 9/1/2016, it is announced that 854 Divot has been seen for the first time  and has 3 spring cubs. Erum Chad captured the discussion in this video, 0:32-2:44.

Bear 854 Divot has 3 Coys - Rangers Chat 2016-09-01, video by Erum Chad

Bear 854 Divot has 3 Coys - Rangers Chat 2016-09-01, video by Erum Chad.

Brenda D also captured 9/1/2016 video of the Ranger Chat. The news that 854 Divot has returned with 3 spring cubs starts at 1:02:32.

08.31

08.31.2016 - Rangers Live Chat - DNA Project, video by Brenda D

2016.09.03:  854 Divot and all three of her spring cubs were observed near Lake Brooks on the evening of September 3, 2016.

2016.09.04:  In the morning hours of September 4, 2016, 854 Divot and only two of her spring cubs were observed in the lower Brooks River.  854 Divot's blonder spring cub had been separated from the family group.

Melissa Freels captured this video of 854 Divot and her two remaining spring cubs:

Divot and Cubs, LR Cam, September 4, 2016 by Melissa Freels

Divot and Cubs, LR Cam, September 4, 2016 by Melissa Freels

Martina created this gif of 854 and her two remaining spring cubs:

Sometime before 7:00 pm on September 4, 2016, 854 Divot was observed with all three of her spring cubs.  The separated spring cub had been reunited with the family.

Ranger Anela Ramos captured this video of the family group shortly after they were reunited.  

Divot 3 NPS video by Ranger Anela Ramos September 4, 2016

Divot 3 NPS video by Ranger Anela Ramos September 4, 2016

2016.09.05:  

854 Divot with all 3 spring cubs in the morning video Part 1 by Ratna:

Heartwarming video of DIVOT and THREE cubs Sept 5, 2016 Morning P1 by Ratna

Heartwarming video of DIVOT and THREE cubs Sept 5, 2016 Morning P1 by Ratna

854 Divot with all 3 spring cubs in the morning video Part 2 by Ratna:
DIVOT and THREE CUBS P2 Sept 5, 2016 morning by Ratna

DIVOT and THREE CUBS P2 Sept 5, 2016 morning by Ratna

854 Divot with all 3 spring cubs in the evening video Part 1 by Ratna:

Divot and cubbies Sept 5, 2016 pm P1 Best video shot! by Ratna

Divot and cubbies Sept 5, 2016 pm P1 Best video shot! by Ratna

854 Divot with all 3 spring cubs in the evening video Part 2 by Ratna:

Divot and cubbies Sept 5, 2016 pm P2 by Ratna

Divot and cubbies Sept 5, 2016 pm P2 by Ratna

2016.09.08-09.11: Brooks Camp visitor viewsnortheast captured 3 photos of 854 Divot and her 3 spring cubs on the lower river, 9/8-9/11/2016, #1, #2 and #3. The photos were shared on chat #1, #2 and #3.

Please request viewsnortheast's permission prior to using their photographs! 

2016.09.09:  854 Divot and cubs snapshots (#1 & #2 ) by Kerstin59 :

854 Divot and spring cubs video by Ratna:

Divot and her three rollerballs errm cubbies Sept 9, 2016 by Ratna

Divot and her three rollerballs errm cubbies Sept 9, 2016 by Ratna

2016.09.11: 

854 Divot with her 3 spring cubs video by Ratna:

Beautiful Divot and rollercubs at the water edge and at the bridge September 11, 2016 by Ratna

Beautiful Divot and rollercubs at the water edge and at the bridge September 11, 2016 by Ratna

854 Divot with her 3 spring cubs snapshot by LuvBears , snapshot by Grandmaj , :

Ratna created this video of 854 and her 3 spring cubs:

Halt! who goes there? Divot and cubs on bridge reacting to intruders September 11, 2016 by Ratna

Halt! who goes there? Divot and cubs on bridge reacting to intruders September 11, 2016 by Ratna

October 2016:

2016.10.05:  854 Divot being darted by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study vdieo by Erum Chad:

Divot 854 darted brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 05 22 41 33 146 by Erum Chad-0

Divot 854 darted brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 05 22 41 33 146 by Erum Chad-0

2017:  15 Year-Old Adult Female with 3 Yearlings

2017 Season:

Park visitor Tommy Hays captured these photographs of 854 Divot:  Photo #1 854 with 1 cub , #2 854 with 3 cubs & #3 854 only

July 2017:

2017.07.11 or prior:    Park visitor John Hung posted 10 videos from his visit to Brooks Camp in 2017. The dates the videos are posted are from 7/11-8/10/1017 so the following video  of 854 Divot and her 3 yearlings is from 7/11/2019 or prior. 854 and her cubs are seen briefly from 0:06-0:28.

棕熊天倫樂 854 Divot and 3 yearlings on lower river, 7 11 2017 or prior, video by John Hung

棕熊天倫樂 854 Divot and 3 yearlings on lower river, 7 11 2017 or prior, video by John Hung

2017.07.13:  854 Divot's family group and 128 Grazer's family group video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

128 and 854 Meeting July 13, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA)

128 and 854 Meeting July 13, 2017 by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA)

2017.07.14:  Cam viewer and park visitorJwaalk captured this photo of 854 DIvot and 2 of her 3 cubs. Jwaalk also captured this photo of 854 Divot and 2 of her 3 cubs.  Before Jwaalk stepped out of the plane she captured these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 854 Divot and 2 of her 3 cubs.


2017.07.15:  854 Divot and cubs video by Erum Chad:

Bear 854 Divot and family scared Princess 719 & Velcro Brooks Falls LR by Erum Chad

Bear 854 Divot and family scared Princess 719 & Velcro Brooks Falls LR by Erum Chad

2017.07.20:  ElaineDE share a 7/20/2017 photo of 854 Divot and her 3 yearlings in chat on 3/4/2020. The family is seen in the oxbow area of the lower river.

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

2017.07 23:  Park visitor and cam viewer Scammin shared two 7/23/2017 photos of 854 and her yearlings on 3/4/2020, photo #1 and #2. The family is viewed on Naknek beach.

Please request Scammin's permission prior to using his photographs!


August 2017:

2017.08.04:  Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)  captured this video of 39 (not 153) and her 3 yearlings with 854 Divot and her 3 yearlings.  854  and her Yearlings join 39 and her Yearlings to take over the Far Pool and the Office.

153 (Bear39)-854 and Yearlings Invade the Office 2017 08 04, video by flyer 7474

153 (Bear39)-854 and Yearlings Invade the Office 2017 08 04, video by flyer 7474

September 2017:

Park visitor and cam viewer Melissa Freels captured this video of 854 Divot and her cubs playing on the beach at Naknek Lake during her trip to Brooks Camp:

854 Divot and Cubs, September 2017 by Melissa Freels

854 Divot and Cubs, September 2017 by Melissa Freels

2018:  16 Year-Old Single Adult Female

2018 Season:

Volunteer-In-Park (VIP) and cam viewer, Stacey shared two 854 Divot stories from her time as a VIP at Brooks Camp during the 2018 Season:

"Hi, everyone --

Happy 854 Divot day!

I have two Divot stories to share from my time volunteering at Katmai in July.

1) Every morning, I would wake up early (around 4:20 a.m.) and walk down to the beach at Naknek Lake. Since I was alone, I would sing (usually Beatles classics), to let the bears know I was coming. :-)

One morning, it was kind of dark. I was walking down the trail to the beach, singing -- and suddenly I heard a "huff" just in front of me! Suddenly, a bear: Close enough to touch! (Though I didn't.)

I jumped back, still singing -- and realizing that I'd woken up a BEAR that had been sleeping by the side of the trail!

I backed up, still singing, and saying, "You're okay, bear, you're okay." And I walked back from the beach to my housing. The bear stayed where it was and, I think, went back to sleep.

I learned later that the bear was 854 Divot! She'd dug a sleeping hole on the side of the trail -- directly across from one of the ranger's cabins -- and had been sleeping there when I walked by.

What I learned: Bears can move from sleeping to standing VERY quickly. :-)

2) Here is my second 854 Divot story:

I was at Katmai for six weeks -- and only ONCE did I hear a bear coming.

I was standing by the Ranger's Station, talking to one of the rangers -- the same morning that I'd woken up 854 on the trail.

As we chatted, I suddenly heard (and felt) the sound of running bears.

The ranger and I jumped up onto the porch of the Rangers Station -- just in time to see 854 chasing a subadult down the trail where the ranger and I had just been standing.

(If we hadn't jumped up on the porch, the bears would've knocked us over.)

What I learned; Bears normally walk VERY quietly. It's kind of astounding how soft their tread is.

But when they run, they can move VERY fast.

Thanks, 854 Divot, for the good and important lessons! "

Stacey also shared these two 2018 season memories of 854 Divot:

"Two other memories of 854 Divot from this summer:

1) She liked to nap -- and we would often see her sleeping under a tree very near the Riffles platform.
She seemed comfortable being near the platform, even when it was crowded.

2) One very warm day, she feel asleep in the river, just to the left of the Riffles platform.

Her head was above water, but her belly was completely submerged. Some people were worried about her! But I think she was just trying to stay cool.

I wondered if the Riffles cam was able to see her sleeping in the water."

Park visitor, Tommy Hays captured these photographs of 854 during the 2018 season:  Photo #1 854 , #2 854 & #3 854 .

Cam viewer Bookmom captured these snapshots of 854 Divot during the 2018 season, photo #1 , #2 & #3 (854 left with 151 Walker right) .  Cam viewer, JG captured these snapshots of 854 Divot during the 2018 season, photo #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 , #13 , #14 , #15 & #16Xander-Sage created this gif of 854 during the 2018 season.  Cam viewer LoveTheBears1 captured this snapshot of 854 during the 2018 season and shared it with bearcam community members in response to Mike Fitz' March 5, 2019 Fat Tuesday comment.  Mike replied to LoveTheBears1 that "Wonderful. Divot, who's in the middle photo, was especially pretty last fall, and impressively fat in her own right. She's a good candidate to have new cubs this year, but since salmon were so abundant last year nearly every adult female who was single in 2018 stands a good chance of having a litter.".:​  Cruiser captured this snapshot of 854 Divot during the 2018 season (p 03/04/2020 17:23 ).:​

Cam viewer, Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this video of 854 Divot captured during the 2018 season:

Bear 854 Divot 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 854 Divot 2018 by Deanna Dittloff

June 2018:

2018.06.19 16:21 :  854 Divot was the first identifiable bear observed on the Explore.org live cams in the 2018 season:

At 16:21 LaniH spots a bear coming down the path on the North side of the river.  The bear turns out to be 854 Divot.  

Cheryl Burnside (aka Bearnecesseties) created this video :

2018 06 19 @4 34 AKDT Hello Divot 854 by Cheryl Burnside

2018 06 19 @4 34 AKDT Hello Divot 854 by Cheryl Burnside

Mike Fitz commented at 16:40 that he agrees with the ID of 854 Divot as the bear observed on the Falls Low View cam:

"Nice screen capture. Based on that view, I'd agree with you and say we're looking at 854 Divot. The fur color, size, facial profile, and scar around her neck all match. For comparison, here's a photo of 854 Divot on June 24, 2015 .  

If you're not familiar with 854 Divot, check out pages 62-63 in the Bears of Brooks River book:  Link to the Bears of Brooks River book .  Divot has a long and varied history at the river to say the least."

More June 19, 2018 photos and videos are available on the Tuesday, June 19, 2018 daily notes wiki page.

2018.06.24:  Truman Everts shared this 6/24/2018 photo of a bear who appears to be 854 Divot on 5/4/2020.

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

July 2018:

Cam viewer, Carolyn captured this snapshot of 854 Divot in July 2018:

Park visitor, Mike Weagley, captured this video in July 2018.  854 Divot is the 3rd bear seen in the video and can be seen beginning at the 0:13 mark.  409 Beadnose and 775 Lefty are the bears on the lip in the beginning of the video.:
Katmai National Park 4 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Katmai National Park 4 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-0

Mike Weagley also captured this July 2018 video that includes:  171 sitting on the log at 0:41, .151 Walker at 0:55, 854 Divot at 1:02, and 504 at 2:02.  We are uncertain of the ID of the sow in the beginning of this video.:

Katmai National Park 20 July 2018 by Mike Weagley-1

Katmai National Park 20 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

Katmi National Park 3 July 2018 by Mike Weagley

2018.07.08:  854 Divot and 274 Overflow have words in the far pool, 7/8/2018 video  by Lani H.

854 Divot and 274 Overflow have words 7 8 2018, video by Lani H

854 Divot and 274 Overflow have words 7 8 2018, video by Lani H

Lani also captured 854 Divot eating on the island, dashing and grabbing in a 7/8/2018 video.

854 Divot 7 8 2018, video by Lani H

854 Divot 7 8 2018, video by Lani H

2018.07.11:  854 Divot and 747 have a kerfuffle, 7/11/2018 video by Lani H.

854 Divot and 747 have a kerfuffle 7 11 2018 appx 10 15am, AK video by Lani H

854 Divot and 747 have a kerfuffle 7 11 2018 appx 10 15am, AK video by Lani H

2018.07.17:  151 Walker can be seen going after 503 in the beginning of this 7/17/2018 video by Birgitt. As 503 walks away 854 Divot charges him ay 1:53.

151 Walker & 854 Divot Go After 503 2018-07-17, video by Birgitt

151 Walker & 854 Divot Go After 503 2018-07-17, video by Birgitt

2018.07.25:  854 Divot and 151 Walker have words in the far pool, 7/25/2018 video by Lani H.

854 Divot and 151 Walker have words 7 25 2018, video by Lani H

854 Divot and 151 Walker have words 7 25 2018, video by Lani H

2018.07.26:  Cam viewer, LoveTheBears1 captured this snapshot of 854 Divot:

854 Divot makes a killing near the fish ladder in this 7/26/2018 video by Lani H.

854 Divot making a killing near the fish ladder 7 26 2018, video by Lani H

854 Divot making a killing near the fish ladder 7 26 2018, video by Lani H

2018.07.27:  151 Walker gets grazered over the falls right into 854 Divot in this video by Flyer 7474 (Steve CA)

128-151 & 854 2018 07 27 by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA)

128-151 & 854 2018 07 27 by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA)

Lani H also captured 151 Walker getting Grazered and then yelled at by 854 Divot in her 7/27/2018 video 

151 Walker gets chased off the lip by 128 Grazer 7 27 2018, video by Lani H

151 Walker gets chased off the lip by 128 Grazer 7 27 2018, video by Lani H

2018.07.31:  719 tries to share the near pool with 854 Divot but has to settle for scraps, 7/31/2018 video by Birgitt.

719 Tries to Share Near Pool with 854 2018-07-31, video by Birgitt

719 Tries to Share Near Pool with 854 2018-07-31, video by Birgitt

August 2018:

2018.08.01:  Cam viewer, LoveTheBears1 captured this snapshot of 854 Divot:

2018.08.02:  717 ("Silver bear") is enjoying 854 Divot's leftover salmon when 128 Grazer wanders by and scares her off. But 128 Grazer doesn't really want the fish and heads to the falls...to close for Divot's taste. At which point another young bear slides in and claims the fish in this video by Birgitt:
Much Ado About Divot's Fish 2018-08-02 by Birgitt

Much Ado About Divot's Fish 2018-08-02 by Birgitt


2018.08.03:  Cam viewer, LoveTheBears1 captured this snapshot of 854 Divot:

2018.08.03:  854 Divot and 503 Cubadult video by mckate; Divot's daily lecture of 503 has a rather entertaining end.:
3 Aug 2018 503 Makes Faces Behind 854's Back by mckate

3 Aug 2018 503 Makes Faces Behind 854's Back by mckate

2018.08.04:  Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) created this video of 854 Divot and 503 Cubadult; 854/Divot schools 503/Cubadult on his issues with personal space bubbles. The "action" starts at the 3 min mark.:

854-503 2018-08-04 by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA)

854-503 2018-08-04 by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA)

Lani H captured the same incident with 503 and 854 Divot in a 8/4/2018 video.

854 Divot has words with 503 8 4 2018, video by Lani H

854 Divot has words with 503 8 4 2018, video by Lani H.

2018.08.05:  854 Divot and the wolf that walked by video by mckate:

5 Aug 2018 Casual Wolf Catches 854 Divot's Attention by mckate

5 Aug 2018 Casual Wolf Catches 854 Divot's Attention by mckate

2018.08.24:  Cruiser shared these snapshots of 854 Divot:

LaniH's video of 854 Divot:

854 Divot and 812 have words 8 24 2018 by LaniH

854 Divot and 812 have words 8 24 2018 by LaniH

2018.08.26:  854 Divot eats a fish above the falls in this video by Birgitt:

854 Eats a Fish Above Falls 2018-08-26 by Birgitt

854 Eats a Fish Above Falls 2018-08-26 by Birgitt

2018.08.28:  854 Divot displaces 747 video by mckate:

28 Aug 2018 854 Divot Displaces 747 by mckate

28 Aug 2018 854 Divot Displaces 747 by mckate

2018.08.30:  Cam viewer, LoveTheBears1 captured this snapshot of 854 Divot:

September 2018:

Smurbear shared this September 2018 snapshot of 854 Divot.

2018.09.01:  854 Divot snapshots by Martina :


2018.09.02: 

854 Divot charges who (812 maybe?) video by Birgitt:

854 Charging 812(?)Who 2018-09-02 by Birgitt

854 Charging 812(?)Who 2018-09-02 by Birgitt

Divot charges 719 in 2018 and 719 isn't terribly impressed. in this video by Birgitt:

854 Divot, LLF, 719 & 812 Wait For 503's Scraps 2018-09-02 by Birgitt

854 Divot, LLF, 719 & 812 Wait For 503's Scraps 2018-09-02 by Birgitt

854 Divot, 806 "Little Lip Fisher", 719 and 812 wait for 503 Cubadult's scraps video by Birgitt.:

854 Divot, 806 LLF, 719 & 812 Wait For 503's Scraps 2018-09-02 by Birgitt-0

854 Divot, 806 LLF, 719 & 812 Wait For 503's Scraps 2018-09-02 by Birgitt-0

854 Divot near Brooks Falls, NPS photo courtesy of Ranger Russ Taylor:

2018.09.03:  854 Divot close-up video by mckate:

3 Sep 2018 Closeup of 854 Divot Sunning Herself by mckate

3 Sep 2018 Closeup of 854 Divot Sunning Herself by mckate

Kcanada shared this snapshot of 854 Divot:

854 Divot video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

854 Divot on 2018-09-03 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

854 Divot on 2018-09-03 by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2018.09.06:  Scooch shared the snapshot of 854 Divot.:

2018.09.07:  854 Divot spins a hex on 32 Chunk, 9/7/2018 video by rockatte.

854 Divot spins a hex on 32 Chunk - Sept. 7, 2018, video by rockatte

854 Divot spins a hex on 32 Chunk - Sept. 7, 2018, video by rockatte.

2018.09.08: 

Explore recorder video of 854 Divot:

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-08-2018 14 00 10 - 14 59 57 Explore Recorder video

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-08-2018 14 00 10 - 14 59 57 Explore Recorder video

LaniH's video of 854 Divot:

854 Divot sneaks in the far pool and catches one 9 8 2018 by LaniH

854 Divot sneaks in the far pool and catches one 9 8 2018 by LaniH

2018.09.09:  Scooch shared this snapshot of 854 Divot.:

2018.09.10:  854 Divot tries to get down into Boar Alley from the lip, but is scared off by one of the large boars in this video by Birgitt,  (854 Divot, 812 & 719 on the lip, 747, 480 Otis & 856 below the falls):

854, 812 & 719 on Lip, 747, 480 & 856 Below 2018-09-10 22-48-29-973 by Birgitt

854, 812 & 719 on Lip, 747, 480 & 856 Below 2018-09-10 22-48-29-973 by Birgitt

2018.09.12:  BetterThanWatchingWimbledon captured this snapshot of 854 Divot in the afternoon of September 12, 2018:

2018.09.25: 

854 Divot snapshot by LuvBears :

854 Divot video by LaniH:

854 Divot on the closed trail and snorkeling 9 25 2018 by LaniH

854 Divot on the closed trail and snorkeling 9 25 2018 by LaniH

2019:  17 Year-Old Single Adult Female

2019 Season:

Cam watcher Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) captured this video of 854 Divot with highlights from the 2019 season.

Bear 854 Divot 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 854 Divot 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

June 2019:

2019.06.??:  856 can be observed courting 854 Divot at 8:32-8:45 on the beach and 11:53-12:04 on top of the falls in this video by Marvin Neitzert.:

The bears of Brooks Falls June 2019 by Marvin Neitzert-1

The bears of Brooks Falls June 2019 by Marvin Neitzert-1

2019.06.29:  856 is seen courting 854 Divot in this 6/29/2019 video by Brenda D.

06.29

06.29.2019 - 856 Goes Courting 854 Divot, video by Brenda D

854 Divot takes her fish to go as 856 courts her; video by Birgitt.:

854 Takes a Fish to Go as 856 Courts Her 2019-06-29 23-44-20-304 by Birgitt

854 Takes a Fish to Go as 856 Courts Her 2019-06-29 23-44-20-304 by Birgitt

July 2019:  

2019.07.02:  32 Chunk courting 854 Divot gif created by Cruiser (p 03/04/2020 17:39 ).:

32 Chunk courting 854 Divot video by mckate.:
2 Jul 2019 32 to 854 "Ain't No River Wide Enough" by mckate

2 Jul 2019 32 to 854 "Ain't No River Wide Enough" by mckate

32 Chunk courting 854 Divot video by Lani H.:
32 Chunk and 854 Divot play courting on LR 7 2 2019 by Lani H-1

32 Chunk and 854 Divot play courting on LR 7 2 2019 by Lani H-1

2019.07.05:  Truman Everts shared this 7/5/2019 photo of 854 Divot on 5/5/2020.

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2019.07.06:  Queue forms for the lip video by mckate.  854 Divot decided to do some lip fishing. 909 and 910 waited somewhat patiently behind her. 806 followed and was the first to make a catch.:

6 Jul 2019 Queue Forms on Lip by mckate-1

6 Jul 2019 Queue Forms on Lip by mckate-1

Mckate also filmed 854 Divot flirting with 151 Walker in this 7/6/2019 video. "Walker's not so sure about this, but he seems slightly less afraid of 854 Divot's overtures than 128 Grazer's."

6 Jul 2019 854 Flirts with 151, video by mckate

6 Jul 2019 854 Flirts with 151, video by mckate

2019.07.07:  854 Divot 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-0

7 Jul 2019 854 Divot Displaces 747 Again by mckate-0

Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor NWBearLove92 captured photographs of the 854 Divot and 747 incident as seen in mckates 7/7/2019 video above. Photos #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 and shared them in chat on 3/4/2020. NWBL shared a 7/7/2019 photos of 854 Divot with 747 and 480 Otis on 6/8/2020,  #1 and #2.

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



Brooks Camp visitor Kyle Jones also captured a photo of the 854 Divot and 747 tussle on 7/7/2019.

2019.07.09:  Cam watcher mckate captured 854 Divot and subadult 820 in this 7/9/2019 video. "856 watches the commotion for a bit. Funny how Divot pauses briefly to take a wee, then resumes menacing 820."

9 Jul 2019 854 Divot Chases 820, video by mckate

9 Jul 2019 854 Divot Chases 820, video by mckate

856 chases 854 Divot video by mckate.:

9 Jul 2019 856 Chases 854 Divot by mckate-0

9 Jul 2019 856 Chases 854 Divot by mckate-0

2019.07.09-07.12:  Cam viewer and Brooks Camp visitor Lori Hocking (aka Lovethebears) shared these 7/9-7/12/2019 photos of 854 Divot on 6/11/2020, #1, #2 and #3.

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2019.07.10:  Brooks Camp visitor and cam viewer NWBearLove92 shared photos of 854 Divot in chat on 3/4/2020. 854 Divot can be seen fighting with 908 in the riffles, photos #1, #2 and #3. NWBearLove92 shared a photo of 908 and 854 Divot on 5/27/2020. "908 and 854 Divot having a disagreement in the riffles. This was a pretty mild fight. They barely made contact with each other. I think 854 just wanted to assert her dominance over the younger bear."

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128 Grazer will not give up her fishing spot to 854 Divot in this 7/10/2019 video by mckate. "Divot doesn't understand why Grazer won't let her have that spot. After all, this tactic works on 747! Grazer barely acknowledges her presence."

10 Jul 2019 128 Unmoved by 854's Pleas, video by mckate

10 Jul 2019 128 Unmoved by 854's Pleas, video by mckate

2019.07.11: NWBearLove 92 shared 7/11/2019 photos of 854 Divot in chat on 3/4/2020 photo #1 and 3/4/2020 photos #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6. 854 Divot is seen in the office in photo #1 and playing with a stick on the lower river in photos #2-#6.

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August 2019:  

2019.08.02-08.05:  Cam watchers and Brooks Camp visitors Kacko and Goof_n shared photos of 854 Divot in chat on 3/4/2020 (Kacko) and Goof_n  (1,   2, 3 )  Photos #1, #2, #3 and #4 show 854 Divot alone. In photos #5, #6 and #7, 854 is seen (near) fishing the lip with 806, 812 and 775 Lefty.

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2019.08.03:  151 Walker has words with 812, 854 Divot gets involved video by Lani H.:

151 Walker has words with 812, 854 Divot gets involved 8 3 2019 by Lani H-1

151 Walker has words with 812, 854 Divot gets involved 8 3 2019 by Lani H-1

Mckate captured the same video of 151 Walker, 812 and 854 Divot. "I love it when 854 Divot goes into relentless panther mode. 151 Walker really should receive more of this treatment for picking on subs."

3 Aug 2019 854 Rescues 812 from 151, video by mckate

3 Aug 2019 854 Rescues 812 from 151, video by mckate

Mckate captured 854 Divot and 775 Lefty fising on the lip in an 8/3/2019 video. "854 Divot and 775 Lefty make such an entertaining lip couple!"

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

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

854 Divot video by Casper Pike.:

854 Divot uses ultimate Center Island 2019 08 03 10 27 23 167 by Casper Pike

854 Divot uses ultimate Center Island 2019 08 03 10 27 23 167 by Casper Pike

2019.08.04:  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:  Kacko & Goof_n captured this photograph of 854 Divot (near) with 812 (far) on August 5, 2019 (p 02/26/2020 12:58 ).: Goof_n shared this 8/5/2019 photo of 854 Divot (near) and 812  (far) on 3/31/2020.

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854 Divot smacks 68 in this 8/5/2019 video by mckate.

5 Aug 2019 854 Divot Smacks 68, video by mckate

5 Aug 2019 854 Divot Smacks 68, video by mckate


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

7 Aug 2019 747 Exchanges Pleasantries with 854 Divot by mckate

7 Aug 2019 747 Exchanges Pleasantries with 854 Divot by mckate

2019.08.08:  "Hump" bear pirates salmon from 854 Divot video by Lani H.  You can also see 480 Otis get put on his back in the office by 68:

"hump" bear pirates salmon from 854 Divot 8 8 2019 by Lani H-2

"hump" bear pirates salmon from 854 Divot 8 8 2019 by Lani H-2

"Hump" bear pirates another fish from 854 Divot video by Lani H.:
"hump" bear pirates another fish from 854 Divot 8 8 2019 by Lani H-0

"hump" bear pirates another fish from 854 Divot 8 8 2019 by Lani H-0

2019.08.18:  854 Divot jumps unknown bear video by mckate.  Don't snorkel too close to Divot! 812, 909, and 910 watch with interest. 812 looked like he might want to intervene, but then wisely thought better of it.:

18 Aug 2019 854 Divot Jumps Unknown Bear by mckate

18 Aug 2019 854 Divot Jumps Unknown Bear by mckate

2019.08.29:  747 climbs lip to make a point video by mckate.  854 Divot bowed her head, but otherwise didn't seem too terribly intimated by this stunt.:

29 Aug 2019 747 Climbs Lip to Make Point by mckate

29 Aug 2019 747 Climbs Lip to Make Point by mckate

747 and 854 Divot confrontation on the lip video by Birgitt.:

747 & 854 Divot Confrontation at the Lip 2019-08-29 17-43-57-403 by Birgitt-0

747 & 854 Divot Confrontation at the Lip 2019-08-29 17-43-57-403 by Birgitt-0

Bookmom captured this snapshot of 747 and 854 Divot on the lip (p 01/22/2020 04:53 ).:

856 moves for 854 Divot video by mckate.:

29 Aug 2019 856 Moves for 854 by mckate-0

29 Aug 2019 856 Moves for 854 by mckate-0

2019.08.30:  854 Divot just sitting pretty on the lip of the falls video by mckate.:

30 Aug 2019 854 Just Sittin' Pretty by mckate

30 Aug 2019 854 Just Sittin' Pretty by mckate

September 2019:

2019.09.14:  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) shared 2 photos of 854 Divot in chat on 3/4/2020, #1 and #2. Bonnie stated "Not the best pix, but absolutely the most thrilling moment. Divot coming down the trail toward, then directly behind our cabin." NutsBoutBears also shared a 3rd photo of 854 Divot on 3/4/2020, "The Divine Ms D passing the riffles platform - Sep 14." Bonnie Hankins shared a 9/14/2019 photo of 854 Divot on 5/5/2020.

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Scooch share two 9/14/2019 photos of 854 Divot in chat on 3/5/2020, photos #1 and #2. Scooch stated "Every morning during our stay at Brooks we saw her as she followed a bear made trail that lead from the river, straight through camp, to Naknek Lake. One particular morning we nearly walked right into her as she stepped out from behind some tall grass, directly in front of us. Not far behind her was the 'bear bouncer' ranger, trying to move her along as quickly as possible but she was taking her good ol' time. Nobody rushes Divot! We also observed her in the lower river, snorkeling around and finding some salmon snacks."

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2019.09.16:  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) captured this photograph of 854 Divot (p 01/30/2020 15:17 ).:

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Scooch shared 9/16/2019 photos of 854 Divot in chat on 2/18/2020.   #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6. 854's neck scar is very apparent in photo #6. She sustained this injury after being caught in a wolf snare in 2014. Scooch commented about her photos "While the reflection of the sky in Brooks River made for some interesting color, it also made for a challenge when trying to snap these photos of 854, the Divine Miss Divot. She was snorkeling along the lower river, then stopped to eat a salmon carcass she found. Prior to this sighting we had only seen her the times she was walking through Brooks camp, while taking shortcuts from the river to Naknek Lake, always with the bear bouncer not far behind, moving her along at, of course, her own sweet pace. No one forces Divot to hurry! :) September 16, 2019." Scooch shared this 9/16/2019 photo of 854 Divot in chat on 6/3/2020. "Can you guess whose prodigious posterior this is?" Scooch shared this 9/16/2020 photo of 854 Divot on 6/3/2020.

2019.09.18:  Meet Bear 854 Divot video by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.:

Meet Bear 854 Divot - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore

Meet Bear 854 Divot - Bears of Brooks Falls by Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore

2019.09.20:  Bookmom shared a 9/20/2019 snapshot of 854 Divot in chat on 3/4/2020. Bookmom stated "One of my favorite pics of Divot. Mostly dark, light and shadows but shows how round she was getting by 9/20/2019." 

October 2019:

2019.10.11:  How Big are the Fat Bear Week Bears? Explore.org blog:by Mike Fitz: 

Bear Body Volume Weight Chart Only Link    ~    480 Otis Scan Image Link     ~    151 Walker Scan Images Link     ~    32 Chunk & 854 Divot Scan Images Link

2020:  18 Year-Old

January 2020:

2020.01.x??:  Scanning the Roundest Bear professional survey magazine article by Claire Napier

How 854 Divot Got Her Nickname:

854 Divot got her name because she used to dig holes (divots) on the beach of Naknek Lake in the spring. Until all of the ice melts, the beach of Naknek Lake is the runway that the park plane lands on, which created problems with landing on the beach - rougher landing and coming to a stop without hitting one of her divots / holes.

Known Courting & Mating:

2008: 

Mating, 218 Ugly:

In June 2008 or July 2008, 854 Divot and 218 Ugly were observed mating :

Grizzlies shag in the woods 854 Divot mating with 218 Ugly by Waejae

Grizzlies shag in the woods 854 Divot mating with 218 Ugly by Waejae

Ranger Jeanne and Mike Fitz help with identifying 854 and 218 in the above video:

2015: 

Courting, 634 Popeye:

On May 17, 2015, Mike Fitz observed 854 Divot being courted by 634 Popeye on Dumpling Mountain:

Courting bears on Dumpling Mountain May 17, 2015 video by Mike Fitz-3

Courting bears on Dumpling Mountain May 17, 2015 video by Mike Fitz-3

Courting, 856:

On June 9, 2015 or prior, 856 was observed courting 854 Divot:

2019:

Courting 856: June 2019

856 can be observed courting 854 Divot at various points in the June 2019 video by Marvin Neitzert.:

The bears of Brooks Falls June 2019 by Marvin Neitzert-2

The bears of Brooks Falls June 2019 by Marvin Neitzert-2

Courting 32 Chunk:  July 2, 2019:

32 Chunk can be seen courting 854 Divot on July 2, 2019.:  Gif created by Cruiser (p 03/04/2020 17:39 )

Videob y Lani H.:
32 Chunk and 854 Divot play courting on LR 7 2 2019 by Lani H-2

32 Chunk and 854 Divot play courting on LR 7 2 2019 by Lani H-2

Video by mckate.:
2 Jul 2019 32 to 854 "Ain't No River Wide Enough" by mckate-0

Known Litters of Cubs:

2013:  2 Spring Cubs, 1st Known Litter

854 Divot returned to the Brooks River in 2013 with her 1st known litter, 2 spring cubs.  One of those offspring was a female.

2016:  3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter

Known Relatives:

Mother:  216 Marilyn, DNA Confirmation

DNA analysis confirmed that 216 Marilyn is the mother of 854 Divot. NPS photo from DNA research slide included in a presentation by Sara Turner, Tamara Olson, Troy Hamon and Jennifer Nielsen.

Father:  24 BB (aka Bald Butt), DNA Confirmation

DNA analysis confirmed that 24 BB (aka Bald Butt is both the father and Grandfather of 854 Divot

Ranger Aaron Camire's October 7, 2014 16:38 comment:

"There is some interbreeding. #24 BB was #854's father and grandfather. We know this through genetic studies that were done a few years ago, and we are planning to start a new genetics program next year.

When bears get kicked out by their mother, they sometimes disperse to other areas. This especially true for young males- females tend to stay in the same area they were raised. This probably helps to avoid inbreeding somewhat. It's also important to keep in mind when young bears don't return to the area."

NPS photo from DNA research slide included in a presentation by Sara Turner, Tamara Olson, Troy Hamon and Jennifer Nielsen.

Littermate:  790 Weevil Bear, DNA Confirmation

DNA analysis confirmed that 790 Weevil Bear is 854 Divot's littermate from 216 Marilyn's 2002 litter. NPS photo from DNA research slide included in a presentation by Sara Turner, Tamara Olson, Troy Hamon and Jennifer Nielsen.

Maternal Grandfather:  24 BB (aka Bald Butt), DNA Confirmation

DNA analysis confirmed that 24 BB (aka Bald Butt is both the father and Grandfather of 854 Divot,

Ranger Aaron Camire's October 7, 2014 14:50 & 15:51 comments re: 854's father and grandfather are the same bear and 24 BB is 216 Marilyn's father.  

Ranger Aaron Camire's October 7, 2014 14:50 comment :

"We do speculate, but we also make sure to say that without DNA evidence we can't be sure. We suspect that #500 is one of #409 Beadnose's most recent litter, but we can't be 100% sure without hard scientific evidence.

We did have a DNA study done a number of years ago that told us some interesting things. For example, we know that #854 Divot's father and grandfather were the same bear, whom we have not seen in a number of years.

In some cases cubs have distinct features (like #130 Tundra's scar) which we can use to identify them as they grow older and leave their mother.

Next year we hope to begin a new DNA study that will give us some new scientific data and confirm some of our suspicions about who is related to whom."

LTC asks:  "So would that mean that BB #24 is also Marilyn #216's father?"

Ranger Aaron Camire's October 7, 2014 15:51 comment

"Yes":

Ranger Aaron Camire's October 7, 2014 16:38 comment:

"There is some interbreeding. #24 BB was #854's father and grandfather. We know this through genetic studies that were done a few years ago, and we are planning to start a new genetics program next year.

When bears get kicked out by their mother, they sometimes disperse to other areas. This especially true for young males- females tend to stay in the same area they were raised. This probably helps to avoid inbreeding somewhat. It's also important to keep in mind when young bears don't return to the area."

NPS photo from DNA research slide included in a presentation by Sara Turner, Tamara Olson, Troy Hamon and Jennifer Nielsen.

Other Siblings:  None Known At This Time

There are no other known siblings of 854 Divot at this time.  The Bears of Brooks River family tree is a work in progress and we are still sorting through the information available to us at this time.

Offspring:

2013 Litter:  

600 :  Speculated

600 is believed to be the remaining female offspring from 854 Divot's 2013 litter of spring cubs.

2016 Litter:

904 :  Speculated

904 is believed to be 854 Divot's dark eyed 2016 male offspring.  904 was initially classified as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult during the 2018 season.

905 :  Speculated

905 is believed to be 854 Divot's other 2016 male offspring.  905 was initially classified as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult during the 2018 season.

906 :  Speculated

906 is believed to be 854 Divot's 2016 female offspring.  906 was initially classified as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult during the 2018 season.

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2005 - 2007:  Successfully Sampled by Ranger Tamara Olson, Wildlife Biologist

854 Divot, 790 Weevil Bear, 24 BB and 216 Marily were all successfully sampled between 2005 and 2007 during Ranger Tamara Olson's genetics study.  

2016:  Successfully Darted by Ranger Michael Saxton

854 Divot was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton on October 5, 2016.

2016.10.05:  854 darted by Ranger Michael Saxton:

Erum Chad (aka Erie) captured this video of Ranger Michael Saxton darting 854 Divot:

Divot 854 darted brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 05 22 41 33 146 by Erum Chad

Divot 854 darted brooks falls Katmai 2016 10 05 22 41 33 146 by Erum Chad

2017:  None, Successful or Unsuccessful

There were no darting attempts of 854 Divot by Ranger Michael Saxton during the 2017 season.

2018:  Awaiting Information from Ranger Saxton / KNP&P Staff

We are awaiting 2018 season genetics study samples obtained information from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P staff.

2019:  Awaiting Information from Ranger Saxton / KNP&P Staff

We are awaiting 2019 season genetics study samples obtained information from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P staff.

2020:  For Future Use

For future use

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