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FIFI BONSAI 902 PIC 2018.07.22 Photo courtesy of Russ Taylor 2018.10.30

902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" July 22, 2018 Photo courtesy of Russ Taylor Please request Russ Taylor's permission prior to using his photo!

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 902 is the smallest (runt), a female, offspring of 128 Grazer's 2016 litter , 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 2019 season

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no known genetics study samples obtained from 902 by Ranger Michael Saxton from 2016 through 2019.  


Identification:

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Distinctive Behaviors:

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Life History:

2016:  Spring Cub with 128 & 2 Other Littermates

902 is believed to be the smallest (runt) of 128 Grazer's first known litter of 3 spring cubs.  903 (a male) is believed to be one of 902's littermates from that 128 litter.  

2016 Season:

On June 8, 2017, park visitor Marcia Mumme shared this 2016 photo of 128 Grazer and then spring cub, 902 on KNP&P's Facebook page:

"...This is a photo we took last year [2016], I think it is Grazer (mother with 3 cubs), she had just saved the smallest cub after a tumble into the water and over the falls. Hair raising to watch." (Click link to view photo ).

During the 2016 season, park visitor Jack Denger captured these photos of then spring cub 902 and shared them on his Instagram:  128 Grazer with her 3 spring cubs (902 background right & 903 foreground right) . 128 Grazer nursing her 3 spring cubs , 128 Grazer with her 3 spring cubs (902 in the tree nearest 128) , 128 Grazer nursing her 3 spring cubs (902 on right) , 128 Grazer with 3 spring cubs (902 top right, 903 bottom right), 128 Grazer with 3 spring cubs (902 in tree above 128's head) , 128 Grazer napping with 902 , & 128 Grazer with 902 .

Cruiser created this video of 128 Grazer and her 3 spring cubs from 2016 Explore.org live cam footage:

128 Grazer & Cubs - 2016 Season by Cruiser-0

128 Grazer & Cubs - 2016 Season by Cruiser-0

2016.??.??:  902 as a spring cub showing some talent video by Mocha.:

128's little one showing a smart move 2016 Season (902) by Mocha-0

128's little one showing a smart move 2016 Season (902) by Mocha-0

June 2016:

2016.06.18:  On the morning of June 18, 2016, 128 Grazer and her 1st known litter of 3 spring cubs were observed walking along the Valley Road.  Ranger Tammy Carmack captured a NPS photo  that Ranger David Kopshever shared in his 15:39 bearcam comment and in his A Cub's Fist Spring Katmai Terrane blog:

2016.06.21:  Approximately 16:42, 128 Grazer with 3 spring cubs near lower river video by Mickey Williams:

4 42 pm Grazer 128 & 3 cubs June 21, 2016 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

4 42 pm Grazer 128 & 3 cubs June 21, 2016 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

After June 23, 2016:  In late June, sometime after June 23, 2016 Kevin Lee captured video of 128 Grazer and her 3 spring cubs.  128 grazers 856 in this video between 10:22 - 11:22.   

Naknek, Alaska 2016 by Kevin Lee-0

Naknek, Alaska 2016 by Kevin Lee-0

July 2016:

In July 2016 park visitor, Jenny of Zealandia Designs, captured this video of 128 Grazer and her 3 spring cubs treeing themselves.  Jenny also wrote a blog:  Katmai Bears 2016, The Year of the Cubs where you can ready about her trip and see additional photos::

Brown Bears Do Climb Trees by Zealandia Designs-0

Brown Bears Do Climb Trees by Zealandia Designs-0

2016.07.01:  Ranger Jeanne captured this photo  of 128 Grazer and her 3 spring cubs:  902 is believed to be the smallest of the 3. 2016.07.02:  Ranger Jeanne captured this photo of 902.

2016.07.04 or PRIOR:  902 and her littermates with 128 Grazer photo by Ranger Mike Fitz :

2016.07.04:  Park visitor and cam viewer, PhotobearsBry , captured this photo of 128 Grazer nursing her cubs today during his visit to Brooks Camp.  902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" is in the foreground of Bry's photo.

2016.07.07 :  128 Grazer and her 3 spring cubs (902 & 903 are 2 of the 3) encounter 409 Beadnose and her 2 spring cubs.  Note how the bears stand their ground but avoid an actual fight.  Video by Mike Fitz (former ranger at KNP&P):

When Mother Bears Collide July 7, 2016

When Mother Bears Collide July 7, 2016. Video by Mike Fitz-0

You can also read Mike's "When Mother Bears Collide " October 6, 2016 blog about this interaction.

2016.07.08:  Ranger Jeanne captured this photo of 902 (left) with one of her littermates.

2016.07.29 Early morning:  The 128 family settles in for a brief rest. The small one decides to join the pile. Mom then creates a wet spot that the small one decides that it's not to her/his liking and moves back.  Mom then gets up to get fish. When the fish is brought back, the small claims it for herself/himself -- make sure you have the sound up.  Video by Jusywho:

Early morning of July 29, 2016 Grazer's Small One Wet Spot & My Fish video by Jusywho-0

Early morning of July 29, 2016 Grazer's Small One Wet Spot & My Fish video by Jusywho-0

August 2016:  

2016.08.06:  128 Grazer's cubs go over the falls video by Brenda D.

08.06

08.06.2016 - 128 Grazer's cubs go over the falls - BF View by Brenda D

2017: Yearling Cub with 128 Grazer & 2 Other Littermates

902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" (right) in 2017 with her littermates (903 left) from KNP&P's April 18, 2018 06:56 tweet :

Sometime during the 2017 season, park visitor Bob Gee captured this photo of 902 when she was a yearling.

Ed Mackerrow (aka Inlightofnature) wrote this blog (including many great photos) about 128 Grazer and her 3 yearling cubs (902 and 903 are two of the three).  A Nap in the Cool Dirt

June 2017:

2017.06.07:  128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings from KNP&P's June 8, 2017 05:00 Facebook post :  Photo #1 & Photo #2

2017.06.24:  Melissa Freels (aka MelissaInOR) captured this photo of 902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" (128 Grazer's smallest cub ~ runt) during her trip to Brooks Camp.:

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

2017.06.30:  Park visitor and cam viewer, PhotobearsBry , captured this photo of 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings.  902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" is the smaller of the 3 yearlings.  

July 2017:

2017.07.03:  Park visitor and cam viewer, PhotobearsBry , captured this photo of 902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" and her other 2 littermates while visiting Brooks Camp today. 902 is on the left, 903 is on the right.  Their darker male sibling is in the middle. 2017.07.04 :  Park visitor and cam viewer, Ed MacKerrow (aka InLightOfNature ), captured this photo of 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings (902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" background and 903 standing).

2017.07.22:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Scammin, captured these photos of 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings observing 480 Otis during his trip to Brooks Camp:  photo #1 & photo #2  902 "Fifi" / "Bonsia" can be seen enjoying a fish that 128 Grazer did not appear to have much interest in during this 128 Grazer's cub bluff charges 480 Otis video by Brenda D:

07.22

07.22.2017 - 128 Grazer's Cub Bluff Charges 480 Otis video by Brenda D-0

August 2017:

2017.08.01 18:01:  At approximately 1:55 into this video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA) 902 can be seen charging toward 503 Cubadult in reponse to 503's proximity and prior charges of 902's larger blonder male littermate, 903.:

Bear 128 Grazer and Victim 503 on August 1, 2017 approximately 18 01, Video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Bear 128 Grazer and Victim 503 on August 1, 2017 approximately 18 01, Video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

Fall 2017:

128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings cubs (902 & 903 are believed to be two of the three cubs) near Valley Road NPS housing video by KatmaiBears:

128 and yearling cubs taking over valley road housing area - Fall 2017 by KatmaiBears

128 and yearling cubs taking over valley road housing area - Fall 2017 by KatmaiBears

September 2017:

2017.09.10:  128 Grazer and 2 of her 3 yearlings (902 is one of them, the smaller of the two, the one 128 is playing with first) play in the lower river video by Birgitt:

128 Grazer & Cubs Playing on LR 2017-09-10 by Birgitt-0

128 Grazer & Cubs Playing on LR 2017-09-10 by Birgitt-0

2018:  With Family Group & Later As A Newly Emancipated 2.5 Year-Old Independent Subadult 

2018 Season:

128 Grazer was initially observed in May 2018 with all three 2.5 year-old offspring from her 2016 litter.  On May 20, 2018 128 Grazer was observed with two of the three 2.5 year-old offspring after partial emancipation; the larger darker male 2.5 year-old was no longer with the rest of the family group.  

Two of the three offspring from 128 Grazer's 2016 litter were observed three times during official bear monitoring sessons, classified as 2.5 year-old independent subadults, and assigned their bear monitoring numbers.  The larger darker male 2.5 year-old was observed as an independent subadult during the 2018 season but not enoug times to be assigned a bear monitoring number.  In October 2018 Ranger Russ shared some information about this with cam viewers:

Cam viewer, JG, captured 519 snapshots of 902 on the Explore.org live cams between July 9, 2018 and October 18, 2018 and created this video :

902 July 9 - October 18, 2018 by JG

902 July 9 - October 18, 2018 by JG

On August 8, 2019, 2018 NPS photos of subadult 902 by T Carmack were shared in the chat via Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak. It is unclear whether the photos were taken in July or the fall of 2018.

On October 26, 2018 at 10:10 Ranger Russ commented and shared information about two of 128 Grazer's 2016 offspring ~ 902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" and 903:

On October 26, 2018 at 10:35 Ranger Russ commented and shared the list of 2018 newly identified bear numbers:

On October 26, 2018 at 10:47 Ranger Russ commented and shared infomation about 128 Grazer's larger daker male 2016 offspring:

2018.??.??:  Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2018 season video of 128 Grazer's subadults (902, 903, and the larger darker male).

Grazer's Subadults (902, 903 & Larger Darker Male Subadult) 2018 Season by Deanne Dittloff (aka deelynnd)-0

Grazer's Subadults (902, 903 & Larger Darker Male Subadult) 2018 Season by Deanne Dittloff (aka deelynnd)-0

2018.??.??:  Photographer, Lisa Skelton captured this photograph of 902 (rear) with cousins 909 & 910 (front) during the 2018 season.  Lisa shared this information with the photograph:  "Young brown bears at Katmai National Park. These were three of eighteen bears which surrounded the lower viewing platform during the afternoon; fishing, sleeping and socialising at such a close proximity that we were unable to leave that platform for over 4 hours."  "... missed my lunch, delayed my flight out and got me a special escort back to the lodge!"

May 2018:

2018.05.20 & RECENT DAYS PRIOR TO 2018.05.20:  128 Grazer returned to Brooks Camp in May 2018 with all three 2.5 year-old offspring from her 2016 litter.  The entire family group was observed in the recent days prior to May 20, 2018.  On Sunday, May 20, 2018 , 128 Grazer was observed with only two of her 2.5 year-old cubs.  128 Grazer and the two remaining 2.5 year-old cubs were photographed by R. Taylor.  On May 21, 2018 KNP&P shared the news via the 06:31 Facebook post :

July 2018:  

2019.07.01:  Truman Everts shared this 7/1/2018 photo of 902 on 5/19/2020.

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

2018.07.12: The 2 subadults seen together in the beginning of this video appear to be siblings 902 (near) and 903 (far). They are observed begging 409 Beadnose for food in this 7/12/2018 video by Birgitt.

902 & 903 Begging 409 for Food 2018-07-12 09-19-16-867, video by Birgitt

902 & 903 Begging 409 for Food 2018-07-12 09-19-16-867, video by Birgitt

2018.07.17: 902 finds fish scraps on the far side of the falls, 7/17/2018 video by Birgitt.

902 Peanut Fifi Bonsai Finds Scraps Near the Path 2018-07-17, video by Birgitt

902 Peanut Fifi Bonsai Finds Scraps Near the Path 2018-07-17, video by Birgitt


2018.07.25:  902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" charges another subadult video by McKate:

25 Jul 2018 902 Protects Her Brother by McKate

25 Jul 2018 902 Protects Her Brother by McKate

804 (or is "Little Lip Fisher" really 806?) and 812 fishing the lip while 902 waits for scraps video by Birgitt.:

804 (or is 806 really "Little Lip Fisher"?) & 812 Fishing Lip While 902 Waits for Scraps 2018-07-25 20-58-09-924 by Birgitt-0

804 (or is 806 really "Little Lip Fisher"?) & 812 Fishing Lip While 902 Waits for Scraps 2018-07-25 20-58-09-924 by Birgitt-0

August 2018:

2018.08.07:  902 drives off a subadult and takes fish from ?903, 8/7/2018 video by Birgitt.

902 Drives Off Sub & Takes Fish From 903 2018-08-07, video by Birgitt-0

902 Drives Off Sub & Takes Fish From 903 2018-08-07, video by Birgitt-0

2018.08.31:  821 is fishing on the lower river when 902 spots him and moves away, 8/31/2018 video by mckate.

31 Aug 2018 902 Eyes 821, video by mckate-1

31 Aug 2018 902 Eyes 821, video by mckate-1

September 2018:  

2018.09.17:  910 greets 903 and plays with 902 "Fifi"/"Bonsai" while 909 lurks in the bushes video by Birgitt.:

910 Greets 903 & Plays with 902 (909 Lurks in Bushes) 2018-09-17 20-59-21-397 by Birgitt-0

910 Greets 903 & Plays with 902 (909 Lurks in Bushes) 2018-09-17 20-59-21-397 by Birgitt-0

Lee (aka RiverPA) captured these photographs (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 902 with 909 & 910 during her trip to Brooks Camp.

Please request Lee's (aka RiverPA )  permission prior to using her photographs!

2018.09.20:  Scooch shared 9/20/2018 snapshots of 902 and 903 standing by the lower river bridge gate on 4/12/2020, snapshot #1 and #2. Scooch's poem:

Back in 2018 when 902 Peanut and her brother, 903 Butternut, spent time together....
Big Brother, Little Sister...
They are such a special pair
They fish and play, have fun all day
With energy to spare.

Sometimes they disagree
But before the daylight ends
They are sitting side by side
The very best of friends.

October 2018:

2018.10.02:  902 "Fifi"/"Bonsai" video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

902 at LR Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska October 2, 2018 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

902 at LR Brooks Falls Katmai Alaska October 2, 2018 by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2019:  3.5 Year-Old Subadult Female

2019 season:

Deanna Dittloff (aka deelynnd) created this 2019 season video of 902.

Bear 902 Peanut 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

Bear 902 Peanut 2019, video by Deanna Dittloff

July 2019:  

2019.07.02:  Could this dark subadult with 902 be her sibling. That sibling is not believed to have been seen since emancipation in 2018, 7/2/2019 video by Birgitt.

902 & Dark Sub Together on LR 2019-07-02 14-26-49-107, video by Birgitt

902 & Dark Sub Together on LR 2019-07-02 14-26-49-107, video by Birgitt.

2019.07.17:  902 "Fifi"/"Bonsai" playing with 821 and 806 teasing 812 in "Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy" video by mckate.:

17 Jul 2019 Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy by mckate-0

17 Jul 2019 Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy by mckate-0

August 2019:

2019.08.20: 821 and 902 meet on the lower river and engage in a play session, 8/20/2019 video by mckate.

20 Aug 2019 Peanut and Pepper Together Again, video by mckate-0

20 Aug 2019 Peanut and Pepper Together Again, video by mckate-0

2019.08.21: 821 along with 902 attempt to turn over a large tree stump on 8/21/2019, video by mckate.

21 Aug 2019 902 and 821 Try to Tip a Stump, video by mckate-0

21 Aug 2019 902 and 821 Try to Tip a Stump, video by mckate-0

2019.08.22:  Scooch posted this 8/22/2019 GIF of 902 in the lower river on 4/12/2020.

2019.08.23:  821 watches 902 working on a tree stump on 8/23/2019, video by mckate.

23 Aug 2019 821 Watches 902 Work On Stump, video by mckate-0

23 Aug 2019 821 Watches 902 Work On Stump, video by mckate-0

September 2019:

2019.09.08:  902 tries to play with the boys in this 9/8/2019 video by Birgitt. 902 is seen by herself in the beginning of the video.

912 or 913 Wrestling with 905, 902 & Then 821 2019-09-08 12-49-44-250, video by Birgitt

912 or 913 Wrestling with 905, 902 & Then 821 2019-09-08 12-49-44-250, video by Birgitt

Mckate captured 9/8/2019 video of 902 checking out the lip. 

8 Sep 2019 902 Checks Out the Lip, video by mckate

8 Sep 2019 902 Checks Out the Lip, video by mckate

2019.09.17: Could this be 902's male sibling 903 joining her on the lower river? 9/17/2019 video by mckate.

17 Sep 2019 902 Greets Bro 903, video by mckate

17 Sep 2019 902 Greets Bro 903, video by mckate

Birgitt's 9/17/2019 video, 902, 821 and 903?

902 821 & 903 M Feeding at the Elbow Pt 1 2019-09-17 16-24-52-980, video by Birgitt-0

902 821 & 903 M Feeding at the Elbow Pt 1 2019-09-17 16-24-52-980, video by Birgitt-0

October 2019:

2019.10.18:  902 at the falls video by Lani H.:

902 at the falls 10 18 2019 by Lani H-0

902 at the falls 10 18 2019 by Lani H-0

Subadult (902? maybe) near the riffles platform video by Lani H.:
Subadult (902?) near riffles platform 10 18 2019 by Lani H

Subadult (902?) near riffles platform 10 18 2019 by Lani H

902 checks out the falls one last time, 10/18/2019 video by Birgitt.

902 Checks out the Falls One Last Time 2019-10-18 10-31-44 22, video by Birgitt

902 Checks out the Falls One Last Time 2019-10-18 10-31-44 22, video by Birgitt

KCanada shared this snapshot of 902 from October 18, 2019 (p 12/10/19 15:10 ).:

2020: 4.5 Year-Old Subadult Female

June 2020:

2020.06.22:  A subadult believed to be 902 was seen on cams for the first time on 6/22/2020, video by Lani H.

902 (?) 6 22 2020, video by Lani H

902 (?) 6 22 2020, video by Lani H

Blair -55 shared two 6/22/2020 gifs, #1 and #2.

Known Courting & Mating:

None known as of 2019 season

Known Litters of Cubs:  None as of 2018 Season

None as of 2018 season

Known Relatives:

Mother:  128 Grazer ~ Speculated

There is speculation in the 2018 bear monitoring notes that 902 is the smallest (runt), a female, offspring of 128 Grazer's 2016 litter , however there is no way to really confirm the link between subadults to the mother and siblings without DNA results.

Father:  Unknown

Littermates:  903 (blonder male littermate) ~ Speculated

903 is believed to be 902's lighter male littermate from 128 Grazer's 2016 litter.  902's darker male littermate from 128 Grazer's 2016 litter was not observed three times during official 2018 bear monitoring session to enable him to be classified with a bear monitoring number.

Maternal Grandmother:  408 CC (aka Crooked Claw) ~ Speculated

Maternal Great Aunt:  409 Beadnose ~ Speculated

Maternal Cousins:  409's Offspring ~ 130 Tundra, Arctic, 500 Indy , 717 (?) , 909 & 910

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016:  None

Cubs were not being sampled for the genetics study in 2016 by Ranger Michael Saxton.

2017:  None

Cubs were not being sampled for the genetics study in 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton.

2018:  None known

There were no known genetics study samples obtained of 902 by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2018.  

2019:  Awaiting information from Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P Staff

We are awaiting official information for the 2019 genetics study samples obtained by Ranger Michael Saxton / KNP&P staff.

2020:  For future use

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