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903 PIC 2018.09.14 - 2018.09.14 RATNA NARAYAN POSTED 2018.06.18 18.58 05

903 September 14-17, 2018 by Ratna Narayan

Subadult Male

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

Known Offspring Of:  There is speculation in the 2018 bear monitoring notes that 903 is the larger blonder, male, 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.

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no known genetics study samples obtained from 902 by Ranger Michael Saxton from 2016 through 2018.  


Identification:

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Distinctive Behaviors:

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Life History:

2016:  Spring Cub with 128 Grazer & 2 Other Littermates

903 is believed to be the larger blonder male offspring of 128 Grazer's first known litter of 3 spring cubs.  902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai"  (a female) is believed to be one of 903's littermates from that 128 litter.  

2016 Season:

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 nursing her 3 spring cubs (903 on left & 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, 903 may be left of tree) .


128 Grazer & Cubs - 2016 Season by Cruiser-1

128 Grazer & Cubs - 2016 Season by Cruiser-1

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 6-21-2016 Katmai National Park and Explore by Mickey Williams

4 42 pm Grazer 128 & 3 cubs 6-21-2016 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-1

Naknek, Alaska 2016 by Kevin Lee-1

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-1

Brown Bears Do Climb Trees by Zealandia Designs-1

2016.07.04 or PRIOR:  903 and his littermates with 128 Grazer photo by Ranger Mike Fitz :

August 2016:

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

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08.06.2016 - 128 Grazer's cubs go over the falls - BF View by Brenda D-1

2017:  Yearling Cub with 128 Grazer & 2 Other Littermates

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:

128 Grazer with 903 June 2017 from KNP&P's November 3, 2018 Facebook post :

July 2017:

2017.07.03:  Park visitor and cam viewer, PhotobearsBry , captured this photo of 903 and hid other 2 littermates while visiting Brooks Camp today. 903 is on the right, 902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" is on the right.  Their darker male sibling is in the middle.

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)-0

Bear 128 Grazer and Victim 503 on August 1, 2017 approximately 18 01, Video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

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-0

128 and yearling cubs taking over valley road housing area - Fall 2017 by KatmaiBears-0

2018:  With Family Group & Later As 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:

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:

NEED TO ADD PHOTO GALLERY HERE JUST LIKE ON 902's PAGE

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)-2

Grazer's Subadults (902, 903 & Larger Darker Male Subadult) 2018 Season by Deanne Dittloff (aka deelynnd)-2

August 2018:

2018.08.18:  503 Cubadult startles 903 video by mckate.:

18 Aug 2018 503 Startles 903 by mckate

18 Aug 2018 503 Startles 903 by mckate

2018.08.28:  903 and 804(?) video by mckate.:

28 Aug 2018 804 and 903 Surf the Far Pool by mckate

28 Aug 2018 804 and 903 Surf the Far Pool by mckate

September 2018:

2018.09.01:  Park visitor, Karen Perry captured this photo of 903.

2018.09.05:  Park visitor, Karen Perry captured this photo of 903.  This photo of 903 can also be seen in Karen Perry's video that includes bears that use Brooks River and Katmai coastal bears.

2018.09.14 - 2018.09.17:  Park visitor and cam viewer, Ratna Narayan shared these photos (#1 , #2 , #3 , #4 & #5 ) of 903 from her trip to Brooks Camp.  Ratna also shared this photo of 903.  Ratna shared this photo of 903.:

October 2018:

2018.10.22:  903 was observed by Ranger Russ Taylor per Russ' October 26, 2018 09:41 comment:

"The first day (10/22/2018 )  was a bit overcast. The very first bear I saw was resting on the spit. That bear turned out to be 128's middle cub, the blondish one (This bear will be 903, full list to follow). The next bear I saw swimming upstream of the bridge looking for salmon was 879. Then looking across at the corner who should show up but 94 with her three (yes, photographs will follow, but that will take a little time) Then just behind the platform comes 402 x4. One of 94s little ones then got on the bridge, corner side. Then looking over at the spit, here comes 717. Then Holly and her two put in an appearance on the closed trail. Next on the closed trail was 909 and 910. I love that one of 409's cubs (the blonder one will be known as 909, the darker one 910). Those were my sightings the very first afternoon."

2019:  3.5 Year-Old Subadult

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Relatives:

Mother:  128 Grazer ~ Speculated

Father:  Unknown

Littermates:  902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" ~ Speculated

902 "Fifi" / "Bonsai" is believed to be 903's smaller lighter female littermate from 128 Grazer's 2016 litter.  903'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

2017:  None

2018:  None Known

2019:  For Future Use

903 wiki page created 2018.10.30 11.45 ~ LTC

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