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Bears seen in 2017:

This table will be used to document the bears that have been seen so far in the 2017 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.

Please Note:  The following abbreviations are used in the chart below:

C = Courting   

D = Darted / Ranger Michael Saxton DNA study     

MS = Official Bear Monitoring Session

UD = Unsuccessfully Darted / Ranger Michael Saxton DNA study


Links to comments by Ranger Dave re:  Ranger Michael Saxton 2017 DNA study successful and unsuccessful darting attempts:

2017.10.20 Comment

2017.10.26 Comment #1

2017.10.26 Comment #2

2017.11.09 Comment

Summary of Bears Darted in 2016 & 2017:  Summary of Bears Darted in 2016 & 2017

Links to unofficial 2017 Bears Observed during official monitoring session: July 2017 List from Ranger Dave 9/5/2017 comment

(Note:  At approximately 7:11 into this August 2, 2017 live chat Ranger Leslie discusses that August 2, 2017 was the last day of the official July 2017 monitoring)

Fall 2017 List from Ranger Dave via Mazey 2017.11.02 , Link to 2017 Fall list only



Males

Bear #

May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec N/A N/A N/A

32 Chunk

D 2017

2017 season

5/26 X

X

MS

8/1 9/6 10/1
45 Tatonka

51 Diver Jr.

6/23, 6/24 7/1
68 "Rie's Bear" 8/1 9/1 10/1

83 Wayne Brother

UD 2017

7/1

MS

? 9/12

9/20

9/21

10/1
89 Backpack

7/1,7/4-7/6, MS

7/4

92 Enigma
115 ?9/25

?

10/1

151 Walker ? 5/25

6/24

6/25

7/1,

7/6,

7/16

MS

8/1 9/1 10/1
161

274 Overflow

D 2017

6/23

X

MS

293 Long Neck
461
469 "Patches" ?6/23

474

D 10/2017

? 10/1

480 Otis

2017 season

7/5,7/67/16 MS

8/1 9/5

503 Cubadult Subadult 2017 season

6/23

7/1

MS

7/2017

8/1

9/1

Fall 2017

10/1
511
602 Subadult

9/6

Fall 2017

603 6/24-28 MS
611
634 Popeye

6/20

or B4

7/1,

7/20

MS

9/13
747 "Colbert"

6/13

or B4

7/18

MS

8/24 9/1
755 Scare D. Bear X X 8/1 9/1 10/1
775 Lefty

6/5

or B4

7/16 8/1

9/13 per RDave via Periscope on 9/16 he said 3 days ago

801 Adult
806 Subadult 7/2017
808 Subadult 7/2017 Fall 2017
809 Subadult 7/2017 Fal 2017
810 Subadult 7/2017 Fall 2017
812 Subadult 7/2017 Fall 2017
820 Subadult 7/2017
821 Subadult 504's 2015 Darker Male 7/2017 Fall 2017
856

7/3,

7/6

MS

9/13

10/1
879 9/2 10/6
Unid'd ?

?C 5/26-5/28 w unid'd sow

Unid'd ? male subadult

9/27 on left

Unid'd male with deformed nose and left shoulder scar

9/13

9/13Lee Flickr

Females

Bear #

May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec COY YRL'ng Older Cubs
39

D 2017

(formerly 171/2016 then 153/2017)

7/3

MS

8/1

w 3

9/25

w 3

10/1

w 3

3
94

?7/9MS

X

128 Grazer

UD 2017

6/6

6/7

6/10

7/1,

7/3,

7/5,

7/6

MS

8/1 w 3 9/1 w 3   3

132

D 2017

6/20

or B4 Single

MS
152

153

(now 39)

171

7/10,

7/11,

7/12

MS

8/1 w 2 9/10

w 2

10/7

w 2

2
198
201
261 ? MS ?9/18
263
273

6/20

or B4 single,

6/25 single

X

MS

8/1

284 "Electra"

UD 2017

5/19 X

7/4, 7/6

MS

8/1 w 2 9/4 w2 10/5

w 2

 2
289  X ? 10/3
402

6/11 w cubs

6/17 or B4 Single

7/3

MS

9/17

9/18

10/5

2 - 2.5 YO

409 Beadnose

D 2017

6/20 or B4 7/1, 7/5, 7/6 8/1 w 2 9/1

w2

2

410 Four-Ton

D 2017

6/21 7/1, 7/31 8/1 9/4
424 "Mini 410"

425 Jan

D 2017

MS

7/14, 425, not 477

8/13,425, not 477

?

10/18

435 Holly

D 2017

2017 season

6/30

7/1

MS

8/1 w 2 9/6

w 2

10/6

w 2

 2

451

UD 2017

7/4

7/7

7/9

MS

8/1 w 3 9/16 w 3 3
477 Sara 7/8. 7/11

? 8/12

?

10/18

482 Brett ?7/7,7/8

500 Indy Subadult

? 6/25

504

UD 2017

?7/14 w cubs

?7/14 single

MS

Single

10/3
505

7/5

MS

8/1

600 Subadult (854's 2014 YRL'ng)

610 Subadult Fall 2017
700 Marge

7/11

MS

708 Amelia 6/5 or B4

7/1, 7/6

MS

8/2 w 2 9/1 w2 10/1

w 2

2-

2.5 YO

717

2.5 Y.O.

7/19MS 7/2017

 X 8/5
718

(older sow)

719 Subadult (435's 2014 bio) 2017 season

7/1

7/2

MS

7/2017

?8/1

9/1

Fall 2017

10/1
720 Subadult Fall 2017
744 Dent
803

7/19

7/31/17 w 1

8/1

w 1

? 10/7 w 1 1

804 Adult

"Not-505"

D 2017

X X X
805 Subadult 7/2017
811 Subadult 7/2017 Fall 2017
813 Nostril Bear
831 Subadult 7/2017 Fall 2017
854 Divot

7/5, 7/6

MS

8/1 w 3 9/1 w 3 3
Unid'd sow ?C 5/26-5/28
Bear missing left ear

7/16

7/17

7/19

7/20

ID'd

Sex unknown

610 (2015 Lone YRL'ng) ?7/4, 7/11, 7/13 8/1 X
720 (? 2.5 Y.O)
807 Subadult 7/2017

UNID'd

Sex unknown

? 5/23
"Patch Bear" ?male 9/16 10/1

Detailed Information & Pictures re: Bears Seen 2017:

April 2017:

2017.04.18, & 2017.04.19:  Sow with 3 cubs (appeared to be yearlings - see below) observed on ice between Mount La Gorce & Dumpling Mountain

Week of 2017.04.20:   Bears observed between King Salmon & Brooks Camp

2017.04.20:  A few bears ventured on the ice at different times today.  One bear crossed from Dumpling Mountain to the largest island at the entrance to the north arm of Naknek Lake.  He had to walk around some holes in the ice to do it.  The sow with 3 cubs that appeared to be yearlings were not observed today.  (See Ranger Troy Hamon's later comment on 2017.04.20 on KNP&P facebook page below).

per Ranger Troy Hamon's 2017.04.20 08:29 am comment on KNP&P facebook page

Here is his 2017.04.20 08:29 am comment:  "While flying the maintenance crew out to open camp this week, we have seen 3 or 4 different bears along the lakeshore between King Salmon and Brooks Camp. But one party was not along shore...a sow with 3 cubs was out in the middle of the ice between Dumpling and LaGorce. They stayed there playing, nursing, sleeping all day Tuesday (04/18/2017) and all day yesterday (04/19/2017)...until the last flight. They were walking single file toward shore as I passed on the way to Brooks and had almost reached shore when I went back. I guess the ice party is over!"

Later on 2017.04.20 Ranger Troy Hamon commented on the KNP&P facebook page  - "They looked like yearlings (the 3 cubs with the sow on 2017.04.18 & 2017.04.19). Did not see them today, but a few other bears ventured on the ice at different times today. One bear crossed from Dumpling to the largest island at the entrance to the north arm...he had to walk around some holes in the ice to do it, the ice is pretty rotten looking in that area..."  Ranger Troy Hamon also provided a picture   of the area with another later 2017.04.20 comment "This was the view today...still a world of ice out there..."  

On 2017.04.20 at 21:57 Alaska time, KNP&P commented: "No individual bears have been identified yet, though a few family groups were spotted by plane today as maintenance crews flew into Brooks Camp."



May 2017:

2017.05.19 - 284 observed with 2 yearlings.  

2017.05.23 - Unidentified bear observed, sex unknown.  On 06/02/2017 Ranger David Kopshever commented that on 05/23/2017 Ranger Tammy Carmack observed and photographed an unidentified bear.  Ranger Tammy Carmack allowed Ranger David Kopshever to share the following photographs:  Ranger Tammy's photograph 01 , Ranger Tammy's photograph 02 , and Ranger Tammy's photograph 03 .  

2017.05.25 - 151 Walker possibly observed - A bear that is believed to be possibly 151 Walker was observed per Ranger David Kopshever's 06/01/2017 comment .  Ranger David Kopshever also shared this photograph that he had taken on 05/25/2017  and this photograph that he had also taken on 05/25/2017 .  As Ranger David Kopshever continued the 06/01/2017 comment chat, discussion of the likely ID being 151 was discussed .  On 06/02/2017 KNP&P posted to their facebook page about this bear being observed on 05/25/2017 and shared the two photographs by Ranger David Kopshever that can be viewed here for the 1st photograph by Ranger David Kopshever and here for the 2nd photograph by Ranger David Kopshever .  

2017.05.26 - 32 Chunk observed.  On 06/02/2017 Ranger David Kopshever commented that 32 Chunk had been observed on 05/26/2017 (correct date observed) near the Valley Road housing area.  Ranger Tammy Carmack allowed Ranger David to share these photographs of 32 Chunk:  Ranger Tammy photograph 01Ranger Tammy photograph 02, and Ranger Tammy photograph 03

2017.05.26 - 2017.05.28 - 153 possibly observed - A courting couple was observed per Ranger David Kopshever's 06/01/2017 comment and this photograph is provided courtesy of Ranger Russ Taylor  .  ""This courting couple was seen on Lake Brooks over the weekend. The female appears to be of #153. Their mating season may have evolved to occur during this time because of food scarcity in spring. This way, they can spend as much time as possible eating when food resources become more abundant during July through October."


June 2017:

2017.06.07 - 128 Grazer with 3 yearlings.  KNP&P shared the exciting news that 128 Grazer's family group returned to Brooks Camp in their 06/08/2017 Facebook post that included these two photographs (unable to provide credit to the photographer as it was not listed on the KNP&P FB post) Photograph #1 of 128 Grazer with 3 yearlings  , and Photograph #2 of 128 Grazer with 3 yearlings  .  KNP&P also took to Twitter to tweet  the news of the 128 Grazer family group and shared this photograph of 128 Grazer with her 3 yearlings .  


July 2017:

August 2017:

September 2017:

October 2017:

November 2017:

December 2017:

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