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2016.10.09 13.50 LRW 879 GREENRIVER ZOOM

879 October 9, 2016 snapshot by GreenRiver

Adult Male

First Year Identified:  2006 as a subadult

Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 879 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016 or 2017.



Identification:

2012 & 2014 Bears of Brooks River books: 879 has a tall, medium-large body and a brown coat.  His muzzle is long and straight.  He has triangular, upright ears and a long neck.   He is now a young adult male.   

2015 - 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:  879 has a tall, large body and a brown coat.  His muzzle is long and straignt.  He has tall, upright ears that are the same color as his coat and a long neck.

Distinctive Behaviors:

2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:  This young male is a "Fall" bear who has not been identified in July.  He may fish other streams in the summer, choosing to use Brooks River only later in the season.  Alternatively, he may use Brooks River in July but is unrecognizable upon returning in late August or September.  Like the salmon they depend upon, brown bears go through dramatic physical changes over the course of a few weeks.  As they gain hundreds of pounds and change coats, it can become difficult to distinguish individuals from one another or match those individuals to bears observed earlier in the season.

2014 Bears of Brooks River book: This is a "fall" bear who has not been identified in July.  He may fish other streams in the summer, choosing to use Brooks River only later in the season.  Alternatively, he may use Brooks River in July but is unrecognizable upon returning in late August or September.   Like the salmon they depend upon, brown bears go through dramatic physical changes over the course of a few weeks.  As they gain hundreds of pounds and shed their fur, it can become difficult to distinguish individuals from one another.

2015 - 2018 Bears of Brooks River books:   In addition to the above 2014 Bears of Brooks River book information, the 2015 - 2018 books include this information:  Unlike most bears, 879 never swims underneath the floating bridge at the mouth of Brooks River.  He also makes a lot of noise (groans and heavy breathing) when he eats salmon.

Life History:

2006:  Subadult, Year 1st Identified

879 was initially classified as a subadult and assigned his bear monitoring number in 2006.

September 2006:

2006.09.09:  NPS photos of 879 .:

2006.09.10:  NPS photos of 879 :

2007:

Fall 2007:

September 2007:

2007.09.18:  NPS photos of 879 .:

2007.09.26:  NPS photos of 879 :

2007.09.29:  NPS photos of 879 .:

October 2007:

2007.10.05:  NPS photos of 879.:

2008:

Fall 2008:

September 2008:

2008.09.??:  879 video by tylerbp6. 

Please noteYelling "Hey Bear" from the wildlife viewing platforms to a bear utilizing the river to gain access to essential food resources is not in compliance with bear etiquette taught in the required orientation provided by KNP&P staff to each park visitor upon their arrival at Brooks Camp.:

Brooks Falls Alaska Bear September 2008 video by tylerbp6

Brooks Falls Alaska Bear September 2008 video by tylerbp6

2008.09.08:  NPS photos of 879.:

2008.09.09:  NPS photo of 879 .:

2008.09.10:  NPS photo of 879 :

2008.09.11:  NPS photo of 879 taken September 11, 2008.:

October 2008:

2008.10.05:  NPS photos of 879.:

2010:

Fall 2010:

August 2010:

2010.08.28:  NPS photos of 879.:

September 2010:

2010.09.02:  NPS photos of 879.:

2010.09.03:  NPS photos of 879.:

NPS photos of 879 and 469 (aka "Digger" / "Patches") having a play fight on September 3, 2010.:

2010.09.12:  NPS photos of 879.:

2010.09.13:  NPS photos of 879 and 469 (aka "Digger" / "Patches")  having a playfight.: 

NPS photos of 879 taken September 13, 2010.:

October 2010:

2010.10.09:  NPS photos of 879.:

2011:

Fall 2011:

August 2011:

2011.08.26:  NPS photos of 879.:

2011.08.30:  NPS photos of 879.:

September 2011:

2011.09.01:  879 photo by park visitor and cam viewer Jen :

Please request Jen's permission prior to using her photo!

NPS photos of 879 taken September 1, 2011:

2011.09.30:  NPS photos of 879.:

October 2011:

2011.10.01:  NPS photo of 879.:

2012:  Young Adult Male

879 was included in the 2012 Bears of Brooks Camp iBook :

2012 or PRIOR:  Could this be 879 in 2012 or prior in this video published July 14, 2012 by al thompson?:

Katmai alaskan grizzly bear too close! 879? 2012 or prior video by Al Thompson

Katmai alaskan grizzly bear too close! 879? 2012 or prior video by Al Thompson

2013:  Adult Male

2013 Season:

Gregg Burch captured this video footage of 879 during the 2013 season (published September 22, 2013) where 879 is best seen from 1:45 - 2:06 into the video.  Then KNP&P ranger, Mike Fitz:can be heard at approximately 1:11 discussing 410 and her fish.  409 Beadnose and her 3 yearlings (500 & 717?) can be seen often in Gregg's video.:

Brooks River-Katmai National Park 2013 Season by Gregg Burch

Brooks River-Katmai National Park 2013 Season by Gregg Burch

August 2013:

2013.08.23: 

2013.08.26:  NPS photos of 879.:

879 near the wader sign(to the left of the floating bridge) snapshots:

2013.08.27:  NPS photos of 879.:

2013.08.28:

Dave Clark captured these photos (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 879 on August 28, 2013.

2013.08.29:  879 always exits the Brooks River and goes around the floating bridge as opposed to remaining in the river and going under it.  Ranger Mike Fitz discussed this topic on August 29, 2013 with this comment to viewer, luvnature.:

2013.08.30:  NPS photos of 879.:

2013.08.31:  NPS photos of 879.:

September 2013:

2013.09.04:  NPS photos of 879.:

2013.09.07:  NPS photos of 879.:

2013.09.12:  NPS photos of 879.:

2014:  Adult Male

879 is included in the adult males section of the 2014 Bears of Brooks River book on page 30:

August 2014:  

2014.08.??:  August 2014 gifs created by Juergen:  Gif #1 , Gif #2 & Gif #3   2014.08.26:  879 video by DTB:

People and a Bear 879 August 26, 2014 video by DTB

People and a Bear 879 August 26, 2014 video by DTB

879 video by jbirdyhome:

Katmai Park Lower River Big Bear Visit 8 26 14 video by jbirdyhome

Katmai Park Lower River Big Bear Visit 8 26 14 video by jbirdyhome

2014.08.27: 879 and unaccompanied spring cub (possibly 171's missing spring cub) video by Janie Nook:

Lower River Bear 879 and lone cub August 27, 2014 video by Janie Nook

Lower River Bear 879 and lone cub August 27, 2014 video by Janie Nook

879 video by Janie Nook:

Bear 879 Lower River August 27, 2014 video by Janie Nook

Bear 879 Lower River August 27, 2014 video by Janie Nook

Early Afternoon:  879 video by jbirdyhome:

Katmai Park Lower River Bear Cam 879 Makes an Appearance in early afternoon video by jbirdyhome

Katmai Park Lower River Bear Cam 879 Makes an Appearance in early afternoon video by jbirdyhome

2014.08.28:  NPS photos of 879.:

Juergen created these August 28, 2014 gifs of 879:  Gif #1 & Gif #2

2014.08.30:  879 video by JoeBear:

Studly bear 879 snorkeling on the lower river August 30, 2014 video by JoeBear

Studly bear 879 snorkeling on the lower river August 30, 2014 video by JoeBear

Another August 30, 2014 video of 879 by JoeBear:

Big 879 August 30, 2014 by JoeBear

Big 879 August 30, 2014 by JoeBear

2014.08.31:  879 video by JoeBear:

Bear 879 Bad to the Bone August 31, 2014 video by JoeBear

Bear 879 Bad to the Bone August 31, 2014 video by JoeBear

September 2014:

2014.09.03:  NPS photos of 879.:

2015:  Adult Male

879 was included in the 2015 Bears of Brooks River book on page 70 in the adult males section:

2015.??.?? (prior to 2015.10.21):

879 is seldomly observed on the lower river platform side (south side) of the lower Brooks River.  Arlo Tol captures 879 on the shore of the south side of the river in this video published on October 21, 2015:

Bear walking by video by Arlo Tol

Bear walking by video by Arlo Tol

September 2015:

2015.09.?? (2015.09.28 or prior):  879 can be seen at the 0:43, 3:12 and 6:27 marks in this video by Helmut Bahr published September 28, 2015:
Alaska Bären beim Brooks Camp 2015 video by Helmut Bahr

Alaska Bären beim Brooks Camp 2015 video by Helmut Bahr

2015.09.03:  NPS photos of 879 .:

2015.09.04:  879 GIF by Juergen.

Explore Recorder video of 879 on September 4, 2015.:

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-04-2015 09 11 39 - 09 16 36 Explore Recorder video

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-04-2015 09 11 39 - 09 16 36 Explore Recorder video

2015.09.05:  Explore recorder video of 879.:

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-05-2015 14 12 47 - 14 17 44 Explore Recorder video

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-05-2015 14 12 47 - 14 17 44 Explore Recorder video

2015.09.10:  879 wants to go around the floating bridge but 409 Beadnose's presence at the wedge is prohibiting his intended path:  GIF #1 by Juergen LRW cam view & GIF #2 by Juergen LRE cam view 

NPS photos of 879 taken September 10, 2015.:

Explore Recorder video of 879 from September 10, 2015.:

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-10-2015 09 53 15 - 09 58 12 Explore Recorder video

Lower River - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-10-2015 09 53 15 - 09 58 12 Explore Recorder video

2015.09.12:  879 photos by Mike Fitz:  photo #1 and photo #2 

2015.09.15:  879 and 32 Chunk play fighting video by Victoria White:

32 Chunk & 879 playing on LR ~ 2015 09 15 video by Victoria White

32 Chunk & 879 playing on LR ~ 2015 09 15 video by Victoria White

2015.09.22:  BMDdad captured this snapshot of 879 (p 03/01/2020 07.15 ).:

2015.09.27:  NPS photos of 879.:

October 2015:

2015.10.07:  NPS photos of 879:

2015.10.15 09:37:  879 video by Mickey Williams:

879 eating breakfast Lower Brooks River 10.15

879 eating breakfast Lower Brooks River 10.15.2015 9 37 am AKDT video by Mickey Williams


2015.10.17:  879 video by Mickey Williams:

879 Doublewide 10.17

879 Doublewide 10.17.2015 video by Mickey Williams

2015.10.18:  879, 435 Holly and her two cubs (503 Cubadult and 719) video by Mickey Williams.:
879, 503, 435 & yearling fishing 10 18 15 Katmai National Park by Mickey Williams

879, 503, 435 & yearling fishing 10 18 15 Katmai National Park by Mickey Williams


2015.10.19:

13:20:  879 video by Mickey Williams:

1 20 pm 879 LR 10.19

1 20 pm 879 LR 10.19.2015 video by Mickey Williams

2015.10.24:

11:2?:  879 on the gravel bar video by Mickey Williams:

11 2? am 879 on the gravel bar 10.24

11 2? am 879 on the gravel bar 10.24.2015 video by Mickey Williams

11:57:  879 sleeping video by Mickey Williams:
11 57 am 879 sleeping 10.24

11 57 am 879 sleeping 10.24.2015 video by Mickey Williams

2016:  Adult Male

879 is included in the adult males section of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 80:

2016 Season:

879 in 2016 video by GreenRiver:

879 Doublewide Brown Bear of Katmai 2016 video by GreenRiver

879 Doublewide Brown Bear of Katmai 2016 video by GreenRiver

Cruiser shared this snapshot collage of 879 from the 2016 season.:

August 2016:

2016.08.27: 

879 and 32 Chunk video by Melissa Freels:

Bromance 32 Chunk and 879 Doublewide? August 27, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

Bromance 32 Chunk and 879 Doublewide? August 27, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

879 and 32 Chunk video by Brenda D:
08.27

08.27.2016 - 32 Chunk and 879? Greet and Part Friends! video by Brenda D

2016.08.28:  

879 video by Melissa Freels:

879 (Doublewide) Passing Through, August 28, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

879 (Doublewide) Passing Through, August 28, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

879 and 474 in the far pool around 10:20 in the morning video by Mickey Williams.:
10 20AM 082816 474 and 879 in the fa poolr Katmai National Park by Mickey Williams

10 20AM 082816 474 and 879 in the fa poolr Katmai National Park by Mickey Williams

879 in lower river on August 28, 2016 GIF by Martina:

2016.08.29: 

879 video by Ratna:

Big bear 2 from the bridge August 29, 2016 video by Ratna

Big bear 2 from the bridge August 29, 2016 video by Ratna

879 video by Melissa Freels:
Gorgeous Male Bear, 879, August 29, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

Gorgeous Male Bear, 879, August 29, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

September 2016:

2016.09.01: 

879 video by Brenda D:

09.01

09.01.2016 - Bear 879 video by Brenda D

879 video by Melissa Freels:
879 Subadult? RW Cam, September 1, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

879 Subadult? RW Cam, September 1, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

2016.09.02: 

879 enjoying a misty morning in this video by Ratna:

879 enjoying a misty morning swim September 2, 2016 video by Ratna

879 enjoying a misty morning swim September 2, 2016 video by Ratna

879 video by Ratna:
879 swimming in the golden water

879 swimming in the golden water. so lovely September 2, 2016 video by Ratna

879 video  by Brenda D:
09.02

09.02.2016 - 879 and Plane Landing video by Brenda D

October 2016:

2016.10.09: 

879 video by Brenda D:

10.09

10.09.2016 - Bear 879 video by Brenda D

879 video by David S:

879 exits past gate 2016-10-09 18-55-25-642 video by David S

879 exits past gate 2016-10-09 18-55-25-642 video by David S

2017:  Adult Male

879 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 82.

August 2017:

2017.08.31:  879 (?) (oris this 474video by Birgitt:

879 Returns 2017-08-31 21-43-53- 226 by Birgitt

879 Returns 2017-08-31 21-43-53- 226 by Birgitt

September 2017:

2017.09.??:  Park visitor and cam viewer MollyGee-TX captured these two photos of 879 on her September 2017 trip to Brooks Camp and shared them in the bearcam comments on September 29, 2017 :  photo #1 and photo #2 

2017.09.??:  Park visitor and cam viewer Melissa Freels captured these three photos of 879 during her September 2017 trip to Brooks Camp and shared them in the bearcam comments on March 11, 2018photo #1 , photo #2 , and photo #3 .  Melissa's comment shared the following information about 879's distinctive behaviors:

"879 in September 2017. In the first pic, he is in what seems to be one his favorite spots--it's on the other side of the river, almost directly across from the riffles platform. He tucks away in the brush, waiting for fish to pass by. I have seen a lot of photographs of him in this spot. The second pic shows him at the falls, sharing space with Otis."

2017.09.06:  480 Otis backs into "his office" and causes 879 (?) to move slightly down river in this video by Brenda D.  68 remains in his fishing spot in the far pool.:

09.06

09.06.2017 - 480 Otis Goes to Office, Moves 879 While 68 Watches by Brenda D

32 Chunk and 879 (?) interaction video by Brenda D:

09.06

09.06.2017 - 32 Chunk and 879 Interaction, 480 Otis Watches by Brenda D

2017.09.15:  879 video by Cheryl Burnside:

2017 09 15 18 20 23 Bear 879 video by Cheryl Burnside-0

2017 09 15 18 20 23 Bear 879 video by Cheryl Burnside-0

2017.09.17:  Park visitor and cam viewer, RiverPA (aka Lee) observed 879 during their trip to Brooks Camp and captured there photos. 

Please request RiverPA's (aka Lee's) permission prior to using their photos!

2017.09.20:  My Trip To Brooks Camp: Day Four blog by Mike Fitz.  Scroll down in Mike's blog for a September 2017 photo of 879 by Mike.  

2017.09.22:  879 (?) and 474 in the far pool video by Brenda D.:

09.22

09.22.2017 - 474 and 879 in the Far Pool by Brenda D

October 2017:

2017.10.21 or PRIOR:  Kunito Imai Photography captured this photograph of 879 (posted on instagram October 21, 2017.

2018:  Adult Male

879 was included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on page 85.:

2018 Season:

Cam viewer JG shared these 2018 snapshots (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 & #13 ) of 879 from the 2018 season.  Cruiser created this collage of snapshots of 879 from the 2018 season (p 03/01/2020 11:05 )..:

September 2018:

2018.09.02:  Part 1 of 879 in the far pool with 719 & 812 video by Birgitt.:

719 & 812 Share the Far Pool with 879 Pt 1 2018-09-02 by Birgitt-0

719 & 812 Share the Far Pool with 879 Pt 1 2018-09-02 by Birgitt-0

Part 2 of 879 in the far pool with 719 & 812 video by Birgitt:

719 & 812 Share Far Pool w 879 Pt 2 2018-09-02 by Birgitt

719 & 812 Share Far Pool w 879 Pt 2 2018-09-02 by Birgitt

2018.09.03:  879 charges 719 in the riffles video by Birgitt.:

879 Charges 719 in the Riffles 2018-09-03 12-35-05-823 by Birgitt

879 Charges 719 in the Riffles 2018-09-03 12-35-05-823 by Birgitt

October 2018:  

2018.10.02:  879 at the falls, nick close-up video by Lani H.:

879 at the falls nice close up 10 2 2018 by Lani H

879 at the falls nice close up 10 2 2018 by Lani H

2018.10.07:  879 reacts to 480 Otis' close proximity in this video by mckate.  Or....as Phillydude described this interaction...."When Zen Bears Collide".  This is not behavior often observed from 879.:

7 Oct 2018 480 Otis Crowds 879 by mckate

7 Oct 2018 480 Otis Crowds 879 by mckate

Lani H captured a longer version in this video .:

480 Otis walks up the far bank to 879 10 7 2018 by Lani H-0

480 Otis walks up the far bank to 879 10 7 2018 by Lani H-0

KCanada captured these snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ).:

2019:  Adult Male

April 2019:  879 "Bear-A-Day" Day:

On April 10, 2019 (879 & 477 Sara bear-a-day day) 879 got "Scooched" (Is that worse than being Grazered? )......"Oh no! It could be more of a time honored tradition. ": "Thanks to everyone for all the nice photos and videos of 879. With his long neck, upright ears and broad back he reminds me of a horse , so I call him Mr. Ed.

This bear looks like a horse of course of course
But no bear can be a horse of course 
That is of course unless the source
Is the famous 879."

September 2019:

2019.09.??:  Kara Stenberg captured this September 2019 photograp h of 879 that was shared in the December 30, 2019 08:33 Brooks Lodge Facebook post .:

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

2019.09.10:  879 runs under the elevated bridge gif created by GABear .

Video by Lani H::

879's reaction to the new bridge 9 10 2019 by Lani H

879's reaction to the new bridge 9 10 2019 by Lani H

Video by mckate.  Mckate shared these thoughts in the description of the video.:

"879 had a fear of swimming under the old bridge, so always got out and walked around. There was a lot of anticipation about how he'd receive this new bridge. 

I really expected him to walk all the way around the platforms, but he screwed up his courage and ran under. I hope it gets easier for him with time. 708 was also pretty freaked out the first time she saw the new bridge, but quickly became accustomed to it. Hang in there 879!"

10 Sep 2019 879 Encounters New Bridge by mckate

10 Sep 2019 879 Encounters New Bridge by mckate

On September 12, 2019 at 12:59, Mike Fitz commented about 879 and his reaction to the new elevated bridge.:

"...To begin, I’d like to give my interpretation of a situation many of you witnessed just a couple of days ago on the River Watch Cam."

"In the video, we see 879 approach the bridge at the river mouth, then turn around to snorkel upstream briefly. After emerging from the water on the far side of the river, he begins to approach the bridge, but 879 is clearly uncomfortable with the prospect of walking underneath it. After slinking slowly toward the bridge, he runs underneath it. Why might he have done this and what implications could this have for park managers and visitors?

First, a little history on 879. He is a large, fully grown adult male who only has to contend with competition from other large adult males. His is also a bear who only uses Brooks River during late summer and fall. He’s never been identified in June/July but presumably makes a good living elsewhere since he seems to arrive each year looking quite pudgy. I have watched 879 use the lower river area for many Septembers. Not once did I ever see him swim underneath the old floating bridge, even though it would have been quite easy for him to do so. Many other bears did it routinely. Instead, 879 always made the effort to get out of the water and walk around the bridge.

Links to photos (#1 & #2 )

This indicates that human infrastructure can alter and interfere with the movements of bears and poses a challenge for both park managers and visitors. There are two main differences between the floating bridge and the newly constructed elevated bridge. The old floating bridge was a little over 100 yards long and had only one substantial elevated wildlife-viewing platform near its south side, but the new elevated bridge is about 1200 feet (400 yards) long, has several viewing areas, and creates a much larger visual footprint on the landscape. The other difference is movement of people. Movement on the floating bridge was restricted by park staff when bears were within 50 yards of it. Since bears and people are physically separated on the bridge now, park visitors are generally allowed to walk across the bridge at any time no matter the proximity of bears.

Most bears who use the area near the bridge show moderate to high levels of habituation toward people. In other words, they show tolerance for our presence, noise, and activity. Bear 879 is a bit of an enigma in this sense. Around the bridge, he seems to display signs that’s he’s not consistently tolerant of people or our infrastructure even as he continues to use the lower Brooks River.

How do you manage the area to protect such bears in a place like Brooks River where people have the freedom to go nearly anywhere? It’s extremely difficult. However, the NPS does do one important thing to help give bears greater access to the lower river in early fall—the lodge closes on Sept. 18. This isn’t because there isn’t a demand from the public for rooms or because of the onset of cold weather (many lodges in the Katmai region operate into October). It is to reduce the number of people using the area so that bears can access the lower river more freely. Although Brooks Falls gets most of the attention from the public, the lower river is the most productive place for bears to fish in September and October.

Over the last several years though, visitation in late summer and early fall has grown. Whereas before access to Brooks Camp after Sept. 18 required you to charter a plane, now a water taxi runs daily trips. The campground used to not accept reservations after Sept. 17, it’s now available for online reservations through the end of October. After the lodge closed, park staff stopped managing the area near the floating bridge and the prevalence of bears made it difficult to cross in a timely manner without violating the park’s wildlife distance regulation. With the elevated bridge, you can now walk across the river much more conveniently.

All of this adds up to greater access for people. With that access, however, comes responsibility. Park rangers have an obligation to help visitors understand that bears are individuals, each with their own definition of personal space and comfort level around people. Visitors have an obligation to learn about how our presence influences bears. (If you visit, please pledge to behave in an ethical manner around bears.)  Bearcam viewers can help by sharing the webcam experience with others, letting people know about the lives of bears as individuals, and the joys and challenges the bears experience in their lives.

Perhaps 879 will get used to the bridge. Perhaps he won’t and his instincts will force him to go around it. No matter his decision, bear 879 demonstrates that bears make choices, and their behavior around people is going to be specific to the individual bear and the circumstance."

Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi replied to Mike Fitz at 13:04 on September 12. 2019 about 879's reaction to the new elevated bridge on September 10, 2019.:

Casper Pike captured this video of 879 with 151 Walker on September 10, 2019.:
151 and 879 2019 09 10 12 20 47 724 by Casper Pike

151 and 879 2019 09 10 12 20 47 724 by Casper Pike

Lani H filmed this 9/10/2019 video of 151 Walker and 879 in the far pool.

879 Returns, 879 and 151 Walker in the far pool 9 10 2019, video by Lani H

879 Returns, 879 and 151 Walker in the far pool 9 10 2019, video by Lani H

Park visitor Jack Heald captured a photo of 879 and 151 Walker in the far pool on the same date, 9/10/2019.

Steven Brkich also captured photos of 879 on 9/10/2019, #1 and #2.

2019.09.14:  879 attempts to go under the elevated bridge again, but turns around video by Lani H.:

879 attempts to go under bridge again but turns around 9 14 2019 by Lani H

879 attempts to go under bridge again but turns around 9 14 2019 by Lani H

Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) shared this 9/14/2019 photo of 879 on 5/26/2020.

Please request NutsBoutBears permission prior to using her photos!

2019.09.16:  Park visitor and cam viewer NutsBoutBears captured these photos (#1 & #2 ) of 879 from the riffles platform during her trip to Brooks Camp .  On September 19, 2019 at 09:30, Mike Fitz commented that he believed the bear in NBB's 09/16/2019 photos:is 879.  Bonnie Hankins (aka NutsBoutBears) also captured this photograph of 879 (p 03/01/2020 10:04 ).:

Please request NutsBoutBears permission prior to using her photos!

Scooch shared a 9/16/2019 photo of 879 on 4/19/2020. Scooch shared a 9/16/2019 photo of 879 on 5/12/2020.

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

2019.09.17:  879 won't go under the elevated bridge video by Lani H.:

879 won't go under the bridge 9 17 2019 by Lani H

879 won't go under the bridge 9 17 2019 by Lani H

2019.09.20:  273 and her spring cubs meet 879 video by Lani H.:

273 and coy meet 879 (?) 9 20 2019 by Lani H

273 and coy meet 879 (?) 9 20 2019 by Lani H

2019.09.21 :  879 snorkeling in the lower river video by Lani H.:

879 snorkeling in the lower river 9 21 2019 by Lani H-0

October 2019:  

2019.10.03:  879 in the far pool video by Lani H.:

879 in the far pool 10 3 2019 by Lani H

879 in the far pool 10 3 2019 by Lani H

2019.10.06:  151 Walker annoys 879 video by mckate.:

6 Oct 2019 151 Annoys 879 by mckate-0

6 Oct 2019 151 Annoys 879 by mckate-0

2020:  Adult Male

March 2020:  

2020.03.01:  GreenRiver created this Relections in Time video that 879 appears in a few times.:

Reflections in Time Katmai, Alaska by GreenRiver (published March 1, 2020)

Reflections in Time Katmai, Alaska by GreenRiver (published March 1, 2020)

Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Relatives:

There are no known relatives of 879 at this time.

There is speculation that 879 is somehow related to 489 Ted.  Ranger Mike Fitz answered this question on August 24, 2013 at 15:22.:

"There's a chance, but without DNA evidence, we wouldn't be able to confirm it  It is rare for us to be able to consistently ID a bear from cub to subadult to adult.  Even when we do, without DNA evidence we can't actually be sure of any bars siblings or parental lineage."

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  None, Successful or Unsuccessful

There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 879 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.

2017:  None, Successful or Unsuccessful

There were no darting attempts, successful or unsuccessful, of 879 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.




A special thank you to KCanada for the NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

A special thank you to Xander-Sage for creating the gif of NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

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