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901 2018 NPS photo T. Carmack via N. Boak 8/8/2019

901 2018 NPS photo T. Carmack via N. Boak 8/8/2019

Subadult Female

Year First Identified:  2018 as an independent 2.5 year-old subadult, 2016 year of birth


Offspring Of:  There is speculation in the 2018 bear monitoring notes that 901 is the 2016 female offspring of 284 "Electra" , however there is no way to really confirm the link between subadults to the mother and siblings without DNA results.

Known Litters of Cubs:  0 as of the 2018 season

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no known genetics study samples obtained from 901 by Ranger Michael Saxton from 2016 to 2018.  


Identification:

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Distinctive Behaviors:

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Life History:

2016:  Spring Cub with 284 & Littermate

901 is believed to a 2016 female offspring of 284 "Electra" .  284 "Electra" had a litter of 2 spring cubs in 2016.  

June 2016:

2016.06.23:  On June 23. 2016 bear 284 "Electra" was observed with 2 spring cubs, her 1st known litter.  901 is believed to be one of 284's offspring from this litter.

2016.06.30:  (Late Night) 284 "Electra" and her 2 spring cubs video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

284 "Electra" with 2 Spring Cubs Late night June 30, 2016

284 "Electra" with 2 Spring Cubs Late night June 30, 2016

July 2016:

2016.07.01:  

Ranger Jeanne's photo of 284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs, one of which is believed to be 901.

09:45:  284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs video by Mickey Williams:

09 45am July 1, 2016 284 "Electra" with 2 spring cubs part 1 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

09 45am July 1, 2016 284 "Electra" with 2 spring cubs part 1 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

09:58:  284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs video by Mickey Williams:

9 58 am July 1, 2016 284 "Electra" with 2 spring cubs part 2 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

9 58 am July 1, 2016 284 "Electra" with 2 spring cubs part 2 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

September 2016:

Spring cub, 901 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on 284 "Electra's" page (page 47) with 284 and her littermate:

October 2016:

2016.10.19:  284 "Electra's" 2 spring cubs video by LuvBears:

Katmai Furry Siblings 284's coys October 19, 2016 video by LuvBears

Katmai Furry Siblings 284's coys October 19, 2016 video by LuvBears

2017:  Yearling Cub with 284 & Littermate

2017 Season:

2017.??.??:  Instagrammer aprmofoto shared this video of 284 "Electra" and her two yearlings outside of his cabin at Brooks Camp.  The lighter of the two cubs rolls around on the ground and provides little doubt that he is a male.  That would mean that 901, since classified as a female in 2018, is the darker of the two 2016 offspring of 284.  The lighter of the two 2016 offspring of 284 was not classified and assigned a bear monitoring number in 2018 like 901 was.  The video was posted July 21, 2017; the date it was taken is not known.

May 2017:

2017.05.19:  On May 19, 2017, 284 "Electra" returned to Brooks Camp with 2 yearling cubs.  901 is believed to be a female yearling offspring of 284 in 2017.  

July 2017:

Yearling, 901 is included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on 284 "Electra" page (page 46):

2017.07.xx (2017.07.21 or PRIOR):  284 and her two yearlings can be seen in this video by instagrammer aprmofoto (posted July 21, 2017).  The lighter of the two yearlings appears to be a male.

2017.07.24:  

284 "Electra" with her 2 yearlings video by Scammin from the lower river platform:

284 and cubs on July 24, 2017 from the lower river platform by Scammin

284 and cubs on July 24, 2017 from the lower river platform by Scammin

284 "Electra" and her 2 yearlings in camp, observed from the hill outside the Trading Post video by Scammin:
284 and cubs in camp, observed from the hill outside the Trading Post on July 24, 2017 by Scammin

284 and cubs in camp, observed from the hill outside the Trading Post on July 24, 2017 by Scammin

August 2017:

2017.08.13:  284 with her 2 yearlings video by Brenda D:

284 and Cubs - 3 Bear Butts on a Rock August 13, 2017 video by Brenda D

284 and Cubs - 3 Bear Butts on a Rock August 13, 2017 video by Brenda D

2017.08.18:

17:55:  While 901 and her littermate are bearly visible in this video by Cheryl Burnside, it demonstrates the protection afforded to the cubs during their time spent with their mother 284 "Electra".  284 "Electra" displaces 503 Cubadult because he is in too close a proximity to 284 and her yearlings as they approach the area below the falls from along the shore down river of the island:

August 18, 2018 5 55 PM AKDT Bear 284 goes after 503 like lightening by Cheryl Burnside

August 18, 2018 5 55 PM AKDT Bear 284 goes after 503 like lightening by Cheryl Burnside

A longer version of this footage was captured by F.E. Harrison in this video which demonstrates that 503 Cubadult was originally displaced by the adult bear in the far pool which sent 503 from the jacuzzi area to the river down near the right side of the island where he found himself between a boar and a mother bear (284) and her cubs.  

September 2017:

2017.09.04:  Explore Recorder video of 284 "Electra"' and her two yearlings beginning at approximately the 25:16 mark.  The .:lighter of the two yearlings can be observd urinating at approximately 34:09 into the video.  Does the yearling appear to be male or female?  What do you think?:

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-04-2017 16 00 12 - 16 59 57 Explore Recorder-0

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 09-04-2017 16 00 12 - 16 59 57 Explore Recorder-0

This is a shorter version of the above video.  284 "Electra" and her two yearlings video by Brenda D.  At approximately 7:56 into the video, the lighter of the two yearlings urinates.  

09.04

09.04.2017 - 284 and Cubs at the Falls by Brenda D-0

2018:  Newly Emancipated 2.5 Year-Old Independent Subadult

July 2018:

901 was observed 3 times during official 2018 bear monitoring sessions , classified as a 2.5 year-old female subadult, and assigned the bear monitoring number 901 .  Bear monitoring staff speculate that 901 is a female 2016 offspring of bear 284 "Electra ".  

2018.07.29 :  Could the subadult urinating toward the back at approximately 1:20 into this Explore Recorder video by 284's 2.5 year-old female subadult that was classified as 901 in 2018?  Notice the "?" shaped light colored patch of fur on the left shoulder / side area.  

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 07-29-2018 19 01 34 - 20 01 35 Explore Recorder

Brooks Falls Brown Bears Cam 07-29-2018 19 01 34 - 20 01 35 Explore Recorder

(Snapshots by Shel #1 & #2 )

(Additional notes from Shel on May 6, 2019 :  Another possibility -- assuming the bear in the first two pics below is female (based on urination) and 284's 2.5 year old offspring:if you are seeing what looks like male parts in the video you linked ~ July 2017 video by instagrammer aprmofoto posted July 21, 2017   I wonder if it is a female with genitalia resembling a male as noted in the Explainer: Male-female flexibility in animals article .  

Excerpt from above article:

"Researchers have documented intersex conditions in grizzly, black and polar bears. In certain populations, a small percentage of female bears possess genitalia that resemble those of male bears."

Bear in the above photos appears to have a lighter colored question mark pattern behind the left shoulder similar to the light cub in the below photos.

Believed to be 284's yearlings. Lighter cub has a bit of a lighter "?" shaped shading on the left shoulder. The dorsal stripe and the dark area around the hump of the lighter cub was not as prominent/dark as its sibling in this photo. 9/4/17 ~ from scene in this 9/4/17 video approximately 26:00 mark; snapshot #1 & #2 

Believed to be 284 and yearlings - shows a bit of a lighter "?" shading on the left shoulder of the lighter cub:  Snapshot from video by Brenda D - 8/13/17 :)

September 2018:

2018.09.14 13:12:  Ranger Russ Taylor commented on September 14, 2018 at 13:12 in the bearcam comments providing a list from Ranger Tammy Carmack, 2018 KNP&P bear monitor, of the bears she observed during her official bear monitoring sessions conducted in July 2018.  901 was included in that list as 284's female subadult.

October 2018:

2018.10.26 10:35:  Ranger Russ Taylor commented on October 26, 2018 at 10:35 during the last official comment chat of the 2018 season and shared the bear monitoring number assigned to 901:

2019:  3.5 Year-Old Subadult

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Litters of Cubs:

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Known Relatives:

Mother:  284 "Elecra" ~ Speculated

901 is believed to be a female offspring from 284 "Electra's" 2016 litter.  284 "Electra" was successfully darted by Ranger Michael Saxton during his genetics study in 2016.  Future genetics samples obtained from 901 could confirm the speculation that 284 "Electra" is the mother of 901.  

Father:  Unknown

Maternal Grandmother:  708 Amelia ~ Speculated

901 is believed to be the granddaughter of 708 Amelia since 284 "Electra" is believed to be the 2008 offspring of 708 Amelia.  

Maternal Great Grandmother:  468 Reggie ~ Speculated

901 is believed to be the great granddaughter of 468 Reggie since 468 is believed to be the mother of 708 Amelia and grandmother of 284 "Electra" 

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

There have been no known genetics study samples obtained of 901 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2018.  


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