Bears seen in 2015:
This table will be used to document the bears that have been seen so far in the 2015 season. It will primarily be updated by park staff, however, if you know of a bear we are missing, please suggest that it be added where appropriate, and include photos or other documentation of it being seen. Pictures and detailed information are organized by month below the table.
Bear # & Nickname
|51 Diver Jr||X||X|
|83 Wayne Brother||X||X||X||X|
|293 Long Neck|
|755 Scare D. Bear||X||X|
|868 Wayne Brother||X||X||X||X||
Died between 10/24 & 10/28
|??? UnID'd Thin Adult w/Scar||07/14|
|??? UnID;Adult w/Large Hump||9/2|
|??? UnID'd Adult w/Floppy Left Ear LR||09/16|
Bear # & Nickname
1 of larger cubs is a male
|424 "Mini 410"|
|435 Holly||X||X||X||X||1 Female & One 2.5 Y.O. Male (503)|
10/01 - 10/07 (?)
|477 Sara||X||X||? 09/22|
10/16 w 3
|504||9/25 w 3||10/17 w3
Subadult (854's 2014 Yearling)
|813 Nostril Bear||X||
07/11 & 07/12
UnID'd Sow w 2 Spring Cubs
|2nd UnID'd Adult Female||07/27 PBP|
Sow ID Uncertain (Not seen often)
|2 Fat COY|
Detailed Information & Pictures re: Bears Seen in 2015:
No reports of bears seen.
2015.05.17: Ranger Mike Fitz "encountered two pairs of courting brown bears on Dumpling Mountain in Katmai National Park on May 17, 2015. The two were young adult bears, previously identified at Brooks River as 151 Walker and 284. In the second pair, 854 Divot was courted by 634 Popeye." 2015.05.20 or Before: 284 "Electra", 634 Popeye, 1 unidentified male, and 1 unidentified female bears were seen per Ranger Mike's Brooks bear cam comment with pictures (pic 1 of 634 Popeye courting an unidentified female , pic 2 of 284 "Electra" courting with an unidentified male . Additional pictures and information can be viewed on this link to Katmai National Park & Preserve's flickr page for May 2015
2015.05.30 at approximately 11:00 AM: Vdieo by cam viewer, JoeBear, of an unidentified bear on Dumpling Mountain from the Dumpling Mountain cam.
2015.06.02 before 2:54 PM: Ranger Mike shares a featured comment on the Brooks bear cams and pictures (pic 1 , pic 2, and pic 3 ). "Rangers were surprised by the early season appearances of 435 Holly and her two cubs this afternoon. Both cubs looked larger (and leaner) than last fall. Like most bears at this time of the year, they are biding their time until the salmon return. They were seen milling about near the mouth of Brooks River for about 15 minutes before they disappeared down the beach." If you are not familiar with the sotry behind this family you can find the back story in two blog posts Ranger Mike wrote last summer. This blog post is about the abandonment of the then yearling cub: Surprises of the Bear World July 11, 2014 and this blog post is about its adoption: Abandoned Cub Finds a New Mother September 11, 2014. Ranger Mike's blog post 435 Holly Returns with Her Adopted Cub June 3, 2015 also provides additional information about the family group. On June 3, 2015 Ranger Mike provides information about 435 Holly's typical return to Brooks Camp behavior (information on other Brooks bears is also shared in the same comment). On June 4, 2015 Megan Edge of Alaska Dispatch News publishes an article: 'Supermom' Brown Bear Returns to Alaska's Brooks Camp with Non-Traditional Family with quotes from Ranger Roy, Rangeer Mike, Ranger Troy, and Ranger Leslie.
2015.06.03 - Ranger Mike's Brooks bear cam comment ""Hi again. We've been seeing a bear wander through Brooks Camp about everyday recently. Today, 128 Grazer made an appearance.." Ranger Mike attached 3 pictures (pic 1 , pic 2 , pic 3). The return of 128 Grazer was also shared via Brooks Camp twitter "Another well known Brooks River brown bear wandered through today, 128 Grazer." with this picture.
2015.06.07 - 854 Divot returns to Brooks Camp and Kara Stenberg of Brooks Lodge was able to capture a picture of her. Brooks Lodge posts a pic of an unidentified bear wth a comment below that shares the news that 854 Divot was just seen at Brooks Camp. Here is the picture of the unidentified bear with white claws. On 2015.06.08 Brooks Lodge posts the picture of 854 Divot by Kara Stenberg on 2014.06.07. The Brooks Lodge Newsletter dated June 7, 2014 is released and at the top of their newsletter is a picture of 856 . On 2015.06.10 Kara Stenberg posted a comment below the picture of the then unidentified bear saying that "rangers have hesitantly identified her as 128" Grazer.
2015.06.08 - Ranger Mike comments on the Lower River cam to let us know that 856 and another bear, likely 128 Grazer were both seen around Brooks River today. Brooks Lodge does a facebook post of Tim Mahoney's picture of 128 Grazer doing brown bear yoga
2015.06.10 - Brooks lodge facebook post "Women's World Cup tryouts?" with picture by Tim Mahoney. Ranger Mike's comment on the Lower River cam that 480 Otis isn't around today. Ranger Mike's comment on the Lower River cam that Ranger Jeanne just informed him that 435 Holly and cubs are back today. Ranger Jeanne's comment on the Lower River cam that there we no 480 Otis sightings today that she is aware of, but they did just see 435 Holly and her family on the lower river again for a brief period. Ranger Jeanne's comment on the Lower River cam that both the yearling and the adopted 2.5 year old were both with 435 Holly. Ranger Mike publishes a blog Bigger Is Better that includes a picture of 856 courting 854 Divot earlier this season.
2015.06.11 - Katmai National Park & Preserve's facebook post about Ranger Mike's 2015.06.10 blog Bigger is Better. Brooks Lodge's facebook post with Kara Stenberg's picture of 856 taking a stoll around camp.
2014.06.14 - The first sockeye salmon arrived in Brooks River. No, not bears, but the keystone specicies that bring the brown bears to Brooks Camp, the Brooks River, Naknek Lake, and Lake Brooks. On 2015.06.15 the following information was shared via Brooks Camp tweet, Ranger Mike's 2015.06.15 comment that he and Ranger Jeanne "saw a small school near the mouth of Brooks River near the floating bridge on 2015.06.15. A few salmon were seen jumping at the falls yesterday (2015.06.14) too. This is just the first trickle of fish into the river. The first big schools should be on their way." . Ranger Mike's says that the timing of the arrival of the salmon "is typical" in this bearcam comment. "The first salmon usually arrive around the end of the 2(nd) week of June. Last year, my notebook states that we saw salmon about June 10 or 11. It's like clockwork, really. The timing of their migration is genetically controlled so they begin their ocean long before they can ever know the conditions of their spawning grounds." .
2015.06.15 - Ranger Mike comments: 32 Chunk just made an appearance on the beach at Brooks Camp. I wasn't able to get a photo though. Katmai National Park & Preserve provided a bearcam update on their facebook post with a picture of a bear, the identification of the bear was not provided. Brooks Lodge facebook post with a picture of 284 "Electra" by Kara Stenberg. Kara says 284 has been very popular around camp early in the season. On 2015.06.16 at 12:08 PM Brooks Camp sent a tweet: "Many sockeye salmon were jumping at Brooks Falls yesterday. Reports of bears fishing too. " with this picture of a salmon attempting to jump the falls. referring to 2015.06.15.
2015.06.18 - KNP&P posts video: 634 Popeye Walks Ranger Cabins ~ Look both ways when you step outside at Brooks Camp! — at Katmai National Park & Preserve. . Brooks Camp tweet on June 19 about 814 Lurch being seen on June 18 . Ranger Mike cam comment about 814 Lurch, 856, 747 "Colbert", 32 Chunk, salmon and other bears not sticking around. Ranger Mike's comment 814 Lurch went to his preferred fishing spot on June 18th . Ranger Mike's comment about 814 Lurch, 856, and 32 Chunk . KNP&P June 19th post re: 814 Lurch seen June 18th . Brooks Lodge post with Tisa Hunnewell's picture of 435 Holly .
2015.06.19 - Ranger Mike's rundown of most of the bears he has seen in June so faar ""Here's a quick rundown of most of the bears I've seen this month so far. Females: 435 and cubs, 128, 284, 708?, 500 (?) Males: 856, 814, 868, 747, 32, 151". Ranger Mike's comment that 500 "indy" should also have question mark next to that number, "I think I've seen that bear, but I've only got fleeting glimpses of a subadult that looks like here. I should've put a question mark next to that number. I haven't been able to get photos of her either." Ranger Mike's comment that 89 Backpack has not been seen yet this year. Brooks Camp twet made June 22nd at 2:18 pm 469 "Patches" is back, pic taken Friday, June 19th.
2015.06.20 - Brooks Lodge post with Tim Mahoney's picture of an unidentified bear that was taken this past week (Note: This bear appears to be very similar in appearance to the bear pictured in the post by Brooks Lodge on June 7th that the rangers hesitantly identified as 128 Grazer )
2015.06.27 - Cam viewers saw a bear with very white claws twice, once below the Brooks Falls viewing platform and later sitting on a rock between the falls island and the riffles. On June 28th, Ranger Jeanne provided the following information in a comment: "16 Cinnamon was very old when last seen so is presumed dead. 24 BB was a very large, dark male and also may be deceased as he has not been seen in several years. 438 Flo is a good guess but she was not seen last year and the ears don't seem quite right for her. Ranger Mike was at the falls last night and was speculating that this bear with the white claws might be a female, 425 Jan, who is not listed in the bear ID book. I don't have any good photos of her but Ranger Mike may be able to find one later this week. The white claws are a very distinctive clue but we may not be aware of all bears who have that characteristic." The ID of this bear was later determined to be 477 Sara.
2015.06.29 - 814 Lurch observed at Brooks Falls between 08:00 & 09:00 pm fishing far pool. When he climbed falls to make his departure, his rear leg limp was visible.
2015.06.30 3:19 pm- 814 Lurch observed in Naknek Lake, he continued right in Naknek Lake until he traveled a good distance down the length of the spit. He exited the lake onto the spit and traveled left along the spit to the left edge of the spit. He the went back into Naknek Lake / the mouth of Brooks River traveled in the river past the corner to just right of the bridge, exiting the river at the right edge of the wedge. 814 continued toward the left of the bridge on land in the direction of the wader sign / closed trail when the cam stopped following him. His rear leg limp was visible.
2015.07.08 - 402 with her 4 spring cubs were observed in the Lower River (official confirmation from Ranger Leslie, Bear Monitor has been obtained). This litter is bear 402's fifth known litter. 216 Marilyn, 236 Milkshake, and 875 are other Brooks bears known to previously have rare litters of 4 cubs.
2015.07.09 - Chunk 32 is back at Brooks Falls - Brooks Camp tweet
2015.07.09 - Katmai Terrane Blog: 402 Returns with Four Cubs
2015.07.10 - Unidentified sow with 2 spring cubs observed by Brooks Camp visitor(s), park employees, and volunteers, and Brooks Lodge employees. See Brooks Camp visitor, RGK's, photo taken 07/10/2015 and the Brooks Lodge 07/13/2015 Newsletter.
2015.07.10 - Unidentified sow with 3 spring cubs observed: (482 Brett?)
During 07/10/2015 live chat the sow with the 3 spring cubs was observed again:
Screen captures by cam viewers :
2015.07.11 - Sow with 1 spring cub observed in the Lower River area of Brooks Camp. This sow and spring cub are a family group that has not be observed previously this season. ID of this sow is not available at this time. Ranger Jeanne's comment about this sow and spring cub (39 ?)
2015.07.11 - Bshortt, cam viewer, asks for ID of bear observed on Brooks Falls cam on the shore below the viewing platform with this picture and Ranger Jeanne comments that Ranger Mike thinks the bear may be 171 , Elaine, cam viewer, asks "She lost her remaining cub from last fall?" and Ranger Jeanne replies "If he is right about the ID, it appears so." Other cam viewers captures of the same bear:
2015.07.12 - Sow with 1 spring cub was observed on Lower River cam again (also observed on 07/11/15). Ranger have not yet provided an identification for this family group. (39 ?)
2015.07.12 - Who is this bear observed on the Brooks Falls cam this morning?
2015.07.12 - 775 Lefty, a bear typically known to use Brooks River only in the fall, was observed.
2015.07.13 - Brooks Lodge 07/13/2015 Newsletter says sow with 2 spring cubs has been observed at Brooks Camp in July 2015.
2015.07.16 - Ranger Mike's 07/17/15 comment about the sow with 1 spring cubs observed at the falls on 07/16/15 "I'm sure many of you watched the female bear with one spring cub at Brooks Falls last night. I don’t know who this bear is, but my best guess right now is #39. She’s in the bear ID book, but I don’t have more information about her than what is in there.
2015.08.01 - 480 Otis
Lovin'theBears' captures between 9:04 & 9:06 AM:
2015.08.01 - 775 Lefty
Lovin'theBears' captures 9:41 - 9:43 AM:
2015.08.01 - 747 "Colbert"
Debbie Porges' capture #1 (480 Otis & 755 Scare D Bear also) 2015.08.01 - 868 Wayne Brother (?) observed in the Lower Brooks River
2015.08.01 - 775 Lefty and 480 Otis at falls video by BirdyGirly
2015.08.01 - Sow suspected to be 39 with 1 spring cub observed on Lower Brooks River. Links to some viewer pictures and video:
2015.08.01 - 32 Chunk
2015.08.01 - 500 Indy possibly observed at falls
2015.08.01 - 755 Scare D Bear observed at falls
2015.09.02: There is this fall 2015 bear that we still have not figured out: The bear that appeared when Ranger Mike and Ranger Landis were doing the live chat from the falls, right before they were going to get in the jacuzzi? The bear would spend time over by the fish ladder.
NEED TO GET PHOTOS FROM THIS COMMENT & FIND DATES
https://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/3524/8472/original.jpg 2015.09.29 10:23 AM - Sow with 2 very fat spring cubs, ID uncertain, not seen very often observed during live chat preparation
2015.10.04 - JoeBear's video of 402 diving for fish at the falls with her 4 spring cubs. 2015.10.04 - Who is this bear? Young subadult? Unaccompanied yearling?
2015.10.04 - Unaccompanied cub (appears to be spring cub)?
2015.10.04 - 402 wirh her 4 spring cubs at Brooks Falls
2015.10.04 - Sow with 3 spring cubs in lower river above bridge, possibly 451 family group
2015.10.04 - Possibly 273 family group
2015.10.04 - Sow with 2 spring cubs (one darker coat and one lighter coat) on spit. Is this 94 and her 2 spring cubs? Is this the sow with the 2 very fat spring cubs that appeared in the live chat preparations on 09/29/2015 at 10:23 AM? Or is this a sow and 2 spring cubs that we have not observed previously?
2015.10.04 - Who is this large beautiful bear? Is this Cam Op Rie's close up bear adult male observed in the Lower River on 09.20.2015 between 09:02 & 09:20 AM?
2015.10.04 - 151 Walker at Brooks Falls:
2015.10.04 - Who is this bear?
The cams have been down for several days. The following updates were provided to cam viewers by NPS staff:
2015.11.03 10:58 - 11:39 - Ranger Roy's comment "The park plane just flew over the mouth of Brooks RIver. Large male bear is still consuming the remains of Bear 868, while two family groups fished the lower river. No ID's were possible. Dumpling Montain was in clouds, so they could not survey the damage to the repeaters." No pics were available per Ranger Roy at 11:08. 868 has been cached and it will take some time for him to be completely consumed per Ranger Roy at 11:09. Ranger Roy received this information via radio from the NPS staff in the park plane so the details were scarce per Ranger Roy at 11:39.
2015.11.03 17:43 - Ranger Roy's comment "Update from today's survey: The two family groups that were seen 273 and 402 (still with all 4). No ID of the bear on the cache." (868 in the cache)