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.
Mazey shared this information she uses to ID 901: "901's light t-shirt goes down further on her legs. Early in the season, you can sometimes see a dark mark on 901's upper right leg." Mazey also shared this information she uses to ID 901.: "One thing I notice about her is that her ears angle back a bit like her Momma 284.You can see the light roundish patch on her right shoulder."
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.
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):
2016.07.??: 284 was observed with her cubs in a video by ncheel044, from 0:13-0:17 that appears to be from early July, 2016.
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:
09:58: 284 "Electra" with her 2 spring cubs video by Mickey Williams:
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:
2016.10.19: 284 "Electra's" 2 spring cubs video by LuvBears:
2017: Yearling Cub with 284 & Littermate
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.
Yearling, 901 is included in the 2018 Bears of Brooks River book on 284 "Electra" page (page 46):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 3 videos of 284 and her 2 yearlings are from 7/11/2019 or prior. 901 is believed to be the lighter colored yearling in all these videos. Video #1, video #2 and video #3.
284 and her 2 yearlings are viewed in a play session by the point (0:00-1:54), video by John Hung, 7/11/2017 or prior.
284 and her yearlings on the gravel bar and beach below camp (1:05-2:15), video by John Hung, 7/11/2017 or prior.
284's cubs in a play session on the lower river (0:30-3:04), video by John Hung, 7/11/2017 or prior.
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 is now believed to be subadult 901. The darker of the 2 offspring was not classified and assigned a bear monitoring number as 901 was given. 2017.07.16 or Prior: Brooks Lodge's July 16, 2017 07:30 Facebook post with Kara Stenberg's photograph of 284 and her 2 yearlings .:
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2017.07.17 approximately 08:40 AKDT: Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) captured some footage from various dates / times that begin at approximately 22:51 AKDT on July 16, 2017. The video is titled July 17, 2017. The next segment of footage included in the video is from July 17, 2017 at approximately 06:10 AKDT, 07:15 AKDT, 08:05 AKDT, and then at approximately 08:40 am on July 17, 2017 284 and her two yearlings can be seen (approximatley 03:53 into the video). 284 catches a fish, then shortly after (approximately 4:30 into the video one of her yearlings (now 901 ) comes down from the rock and successfully secures a fish independently then returning to the rock to consume their catch. The 2nd yearling climbs down from the rock to join 284 downriver to share 284's catch.
2017.07.24: 284 "Electra" with her 2 yearlings video by Scammin from the lower river platform:284 "Electra" and her 2 yearlings in camp, observed from the hill outside the Trading Post video by Scammin:
2017.07.25: On 7/25/17 284 was observed chasing a subadult with her two yearlings following behind, video by Martina. The dark spot that is sometimes visible near the top of 901's right front leg is visible in Martina's 7/25/17 video. 901 is the lighter cub in the video..
2017.08.13: 284 with her 2 yearlings 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:
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.
2017.08.31: Ratna Narayan also filmed 284 and her 2 yearlings at the falls on 7/31/2017, video by Ratna. 901 is believed to be the lighter of the 2 cubs.
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?:
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.
2018: Newly Emancipated 2.5 Year-Old Independent Subadult
On August 8, 2019 a 2018 NPS photo of subadult 901 by T. Carmack was shared in the chat via Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak. It is unclear whether the photo was taken in July or the fall of 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.
(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
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.
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
"One of the first bears we saw on our second day at Brooks was 901, the chubby charmer. Just look at that adorable face! She was having much success catching fish on the lower river. I love her expression, as she chewed on a fish tail. "You lookin' at me?""
2019.0?.??: 901 can be seen at 3:21 into this video by Jerry Moskel. One thing that Mazey notices about 901 is that her ears angle back a bit like her Momma 284.You can see the light roundish patch on her right shoulder.:
2019.07.09: 901 and her grandmother, 708 Amelia with her 2 spring cubs, video by Birgitt. This is an interesting comparison of grandmother and granddaughter. You can see that 3.5 yo 901 is relatively large compared to Amelia.:
2019.07.17: On 7/17/2019 Birgitt captured 901 on the spit with 708 and her 2 spring cubs. 901 can be seen in the foreground at 0:18. 708 is believed to be the grandmother of 901, video by Birgitt.
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Mike Fitz commented on this behavior called geophagy in an 8/16 2019 Explore Week in Review Blog: “A diet rich in salmon has consequences though, especially for their digestive system. You may have noticed that bears have very loose, diarrheal stool at this time of year. Salmon aren’t the only thing they eat. Sometimes they’ll eat peculiar things, like earth. This is a bear excavating and eating clay, a behavior known as geophagy. Geophagy is not uncommon among bears across the world. The papers I’ve read on it suggest that could act as an anti-diarrheal agent.
At Brooks River, bears won’t eat just any bit of dirt. They target the 8-12 inch thick layer of volcanic ash from the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption, which has weathered into a gritty clay. The clay may help absorb excess nutrients like potassium that can increase water in the digestive tract. In the absence of veterinary care, bears must deal with their own ailments and sometimes a change in diet can help them cope.”
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2019.08.30: 901 walks the closed trail video by mckate. Here's a girl who's put on some serious poundage this summer..:
2019.09.14: Scooch captured this photograph of 910 with 901 on September 14, 2019 (p 02/09/2020 15:13 ). Scooch also located this snapshot in the gallery that was taken by a cam viewer at approximately the same time as her photograph.:
Please request Scooch's permission prior to using her photographs!Birgitt captured this video of 910 greeting 901 and another subadult:
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Known Courting & Mating:
Known Litters of Cubs:
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.
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.
901 page created 2018.10.27 by LTC