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Bears seen in 2019:
This table will be used to document the bears that have been seen so far in the 2018 season. It will primarily be updated using information obtained from current and former 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
COY = Spring Cubs / Cubs-of-the-year
D = Darted / Ranger Michael Saxton DNA study
FHV = Falls High View cam
FLV = Falls Low View cam
MS = Official Bear Monitoring Session
UD = Unsuccessfully Darted Ranger Michael Saxton DNA study
YRL'ng = Yearling Cubs (1.5 year old cubs)
Links to ranger comments regarding bears seen in 2019 Official Bear Monitoring Sessions:
|51 Diver Jr.||6/21|
|83 Wayne Brother||6/29||
|293 Long Neck|
6/15 M Fitz photo
|755 Scare D Bear||
6/25 M Fitz photo
|809 Subadult 273's 2015 Male|
402's 2015 Male
|821 Subadult 504's 2015 Darker Male||
|903 (128's 2016 Blonder Male) Subadult|
|904 (854's 2016 Dark Eyed Male) Subadult|
|905 (854's 2016 Male) Subadult|
|907 (708's 2015 Male) Subadult|
|912 (39's 2016 Male) Subadult|
|Unid'd dark male subadult||6/12|
|Unid'd (2018) male with left front upper leg wound, right shoulder wound and muzzle scar||? 6/23|
|Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec||w/ COY||w/ YRL'ng||w/ Older Cubs|
|6/13 or before w1||7/1 w1||w 1|
|284 "Electra"||? 6/24||
|424 "Mini 410"|
|435 Holly||6/23 single||7/1|
|717 Subadult 5.5 Y.O.||6/30||7/1|
720 Subadult (Female )
|804 Subadult "Not-505" aka Little Lip Fisher (132's ?)|
|811 Subadult 402's 2015 female|
|813 Nostril Bear||
|7/3 w2||w 2|
|831 Subadult 504's 2015 female||?7/11|
M Fitz photo
900 (Adult Female)
|901 (284's 3.5 YO) Subadult|
|902 "Fifi" "Bonsai"(128's 2016 Runt)||? 5/22|
|906 (854's 2016 Female) Subadult|
|908 (708's 2015 4.5 YO Female) Subadult||?7/10|
|909 (409's 2016 Blonder Female) Subadult||? 5/24 or before||
|910 (409's 2016 Darker Female) Subadult|
|Unid'd female subadult on the beach||6/15|
|435's dark sub||? 6/26|
|Unidentified sow with 1 coy|
|Unidentified sow with 2 coy||6/30||
|? 505, unknown sow with 2 yearlings||7/1|
|Unidentified sow with 2 coy||
This was 719
|? 505, missing one cub,Unidentified sow with 1 yearling|
|409's 2 subadults||? 7/17|
|ID'd Sex Unknown||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec||w/ COY||w/ YRL'ng||w/ Older Cubs|
|807 2017 Subadult Sex Unknown||?6/30||
|913 (39's 2016 Offspring) Subadult Sex Unknown|
|?451's 3 subadults||?7/18|
|UnID'd Sex Unknown||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec||w/ COY||w/ YRL'ng||w/ Older Cubs|
|adult bear in camp||
?same bear 5/30
|subadult ?284 offspring||
|subadult on the beach||6/1|
|subadult near the bridge||5/31|
|Courting couple at Brooks Falls||6/6|
|subadult at the falls||6/6|
|subadult at the falls||6/6|
|bear in camp||6/12|
Detailed Information & Pictures re: Bears Seen 2019:
2019.05.17 17:15: KNP&P's Facebook post
"Have you been waiting?
Your patience is rewarded:
One bear near new bridge.
Seasonal staff are here are and attending training, on track to open Brooks Camp Visitor Center on June 1. "
2019.05.19: On June 1st, 2019, Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg (howlsthunder) video which was taken on 5/19/2019 . The video is titled "POV Landing at Camp" and Kara describes it as "Timelapse video of landing on Naknek Lake at Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park, Alaska. The aircraft is a DHC-3 Otter."
2019.05.20: Brooks Lodge posted a Kara Stenberg video of the new bridge. "Kara's break-neck speed bridge tour, starting at the lower platform and ending at Brooks Lodge." Brooks Lodge Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/KatmaiNationalPark1950/videos/vb.317663624930535/351421655772487/?type=2&theater
YouTube Link: Video by Kara Stenberg:
Kara also posted a video of Brooks Falls, taken on 5/20/2019.
On 5/20/2019 a Brooks Lodge employee filmed a sow with 1 yearling. The sow appears to be bear 132 and her cub. This Melissa Freels video (which she posted on YouTube for the employee) shows a playful 132 and her cub.
2019.05.22: Lani H posted that "a subadult was seen in camp, picture can be seen here ." Link to photo of subadult posted by Lani H. The photo was posted in chat by cam chatter IzzyDog. Please ask IzzyDog for permission before posting this photo.
2019.05.24: Brooks Lodge posted a Kara Stenberg photo on Facebook of what appears to be a subadult on 5/24/2019.
Bearcam chatter IzzyDog posted 2 photos in chat of what appears to be an adult bear that were taken on 5/24/2019. The photos were taken by her daughter who is a Brooks Lodge employee. Mike Fitz commented on the photos in chat. Note: Please ask IzzyDog for permission before posting any of her photos.
2019.05.25: A Katmai National Park and Preserve Facebook post on 5/25/2019 states: " This photo shows:
a) New park staff calmly having their first bear sighting during training.
b) The correct distance from which to observe bears at Brooks Camp (minimum 50 yds).
c) Both a) and b).
2019.05.28: On Tuesday May 28, 2019, Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a photo by Kara Stenberg titled "The view from Otis's office." Brooks Falls can be seen from the far side of the platform. The water coming over the falls appears to be swift and fast.
Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg photo on 5/28/2018 . "Brooks River view from the air."
2019.05.29: Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg photo of a porcupine on 5/29/2019 . "Good morning (Porcupine)." Porcupines are seen fairly often at Brooks Camp and occasionally bears are observed with porcupine quills around their face and paws. Cubs seem to be a common victim.
Kara Stenberg photographed a subadult eating grass on 5/29/2019. Brooks Lodge Facebook posted the photo and also a video by Kara Stenberg (howlshunder). The photo caption reads "Lodge visitor this morning. This may be a subadult of 284."5/29/2019 Kara Stenberg (howlsthunder) video of the same subadult eating grass per Brooks Lodge Facebook post and question. "same as the photo today." The photo caption is "Subadult video. They do this a lot. Sorry about the focusing; I was shooting through a window. But you get the idea. Also, there is no sound because it was just REALLY loud noise of dishes clanking."
Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg photo on 5/29/2019 . The caption from Brooks Lodge is "Otis to human comparison (the Otis part of the photo is from last summer). Note: The photo of the human was taken in 2019 and overlaid. Below the photo it is noted that " This is a photo montage to show size comparison of a bear and a human at the far side of Brooks Falls. The human was there during a legal opening when there were no bears present." Kara and Sara, the other front desk person at Brooks Lodge, had walked upstream from Brooks Lodge to get to the Falls.
2019.05.30: On Thursday, May 30, 2019 Brooks Lodge Facebook posted two Kara Stenberg photos of a bear that was seen in camp. The 1st photo was captioned "Unknown number/name." The 2nd photo was captioned "Rear view of same unknown bear near employee housing. *side note - leaving bikes out like that is brave - tires are tasty."Mike Fitz commented about the bear on the Explore bearcam chat. He was not sure of an identification but thought the bear could possibly be a young or medium-small adult male.
A Kara Stenberg photo taken on 5/30/2019 was posted by Brooks Lodge Facebook . Brooks Falls can be viewed from the island.
2019.05.31: Brooks Lodge Facebook posted 3 photos on 5/31/2019. All photos were taken by Kara Stenberg.
Photo #1 is a view of the cutbank . "Pano of the Cutbank - this is an area of the river not in view on the cams - between the Falls and the bridge. “Bear central” according to Kara." Brooks Falls is to the left.
Photo #2 is a view of an "ashcloud in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes."
Photo #3 is a wonderful view from atop the far side of Brooks Falls . "Another bears-eye-view."
Tyler (live_the_advanture) posted an Instagram photo of a subadult below the new bridge on 5/31/2019.
2019.06.01: Saturday June 1 was the official opening day for Brooks Lodge's 2019 season. Brooks Lodge Facebook posted this 6/1/2019 Kara Stenberg photo of a subadult on the beach titled "Beach welcome committee waiting for first guest arrivals today."Katmailand Facebook posted a photo of Brooks Lodge on opening day, 6/1/2019 . A subadult, photo by Kara Stenberg can be seen waiting to greet guests. "It's opening day at Brooks Lodge!"
Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a 2nd Kara Stenberg photo on 6/1/2019 . The view is from the far side of Brooks Falls and includes a view of the Falls Platform. It is titled "Falls Platform."
2019.06.02: On Sunday June 2, 2019, Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg photo of the corner with a view of the new bridge and the lower river platform in the distance.
On Monday June 3, 2019, Ranger Naomi Boak stopped by the chat to announce that 32 Chunk had been seen the evening before on Sunday, June 2. Ranger Boak's comment:
On June 3, 2019 at 13:50 Brooks Lodge made a Facebook post with a video of 32 Chunk courtesy of "a guest in the Walatka group shared this video with us of #32 Chunk visiting her cabin". The video was taken at approximately 23:30 AKDT on June 2, 2019.:
Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg photo that shows the damage done by 32 Chunk on the previous evening, 6/2/2019. As seen in the above video, 32 was chewing on the cabin footing.
2019.06.03: IzzyDog commented on June 3, 2019 at 11:49 and shared photos (#1 & #2 ) that her daughter, Jordan Nelson, a Brooks Lodge employee, was able to capture of 32 Chunk earlier in the day. We have requested permission to add Jordan's photos to the bearcam wiki.
Ranger Naomi Boak stopped by bearcam chat on Tuesday, June 4 and shared that 32 Chunk was photographed by Ranger B. Lutes on Monday, June 3 . 32 is seen in 2 photographs resting above Brooks Falls. The 2 photographs of 32 Chunk were posted on the Brooks River Tattler-er Facebook page .
2019.06.06: Ranger Naomi Boak stopped by the chat on Thursday, June 6, 2019 and posted that she and Ranger Christine had seen both a courting couple at Brooks Falls and two subadults in camp. Her attached photo of the courting couple did not post to the chat. "Hey Bear Fans. What a bear day. It is my day off, so Ranger Christine and I went to the Falls around noon. We saw a courting couple. I have a couple of pictures. I have no idea who the male is and the female looks like the sub with socks we've been seeing around the bridge and the Valley Road.
Late this afternoon two subs were running around camp and Michael Saxton had a really tough job getting them to leave. They just kept running in circles. Sorry, but I don't have any pictures -- too busy keeping out of their way. One was a very light blonde and very small. The other was about 1.5X her size and medium brown. I'm sure we'll get pictures soon. The weather has been unusually beautiful. Sunny and clear. That won't last. Mike Fitz will be here late next week. More updates when i can get to you."
I HOPE THIS POSTS. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PICTURE IS TRYING TO POST BUT I CAN'T SEE IT YET.
2019. 06.07 or PRIOR: On Friday June 7, 2019, Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara Stenberg photo of the new bridge . The view is looking from the Lodge side of the bridge towards the lower river viewing platform. "The new bear highway under the bridge." The exact date of the photo is unknown.2019.06.10: On June 10, 2019, Katmai National Park and Preserve Facebook posted a photo of the new bridge with a NEWS RELEASE : "Opening Ceremony for New Elevated Bridge and Boardwalk at Brooks Camp Scheduled for June 29, 2019." (photo of bridge across river, NPS Photo/B.Lutes) Included in the post was a link to the announcement on the KNP website.
Ranger Naomi also shared a June 6, 2019 photo of a subadult that she saw at Brooks Falls. "Here is another young bear I saw at the falls on June 6th. It was following another sub."
Ranger Naomi shared a photo of another subadult she observed at the Falls on June 6, 2019. "Here is the sub I also saw on June 6th at the falls. He/she was being followed by the other young bear in my previous post."
Ranger Naomi also shared a photo with a view of Naknek Lake . "Here's my favorite picture of Brooks so far. I took it my first day here on Naknek Lake."
Ranger Naomi shared a photo of 32 Chunk that she took on June 2, 2019. "Here is my very poor picture of my 32 Chunk bear jam. It was difficult for me to take a good picture because I was too close and wanted to move away. 32 was not moving. He wanted that spot to sleep."
On June 12, 2019, Brooks Lodge shared a photo of a male subadult on the beach . "Male subadult on the beach of Naknek Lake in front of Brooks Lodge. Taken this week."
2019.06.12: On June 12, 2019 Ranger Naomi Boak stopped by the chat to post some photos of recently seen bears. She said "Hooray! I am actually able to post photos now. Thank you D. This is a photo of a subadult that we have seen roaming the beach and camp. I saw a large fat dark brown boar on the beach this morning. Sorry no picture. I was trying to get out of its way and get visitors to back up. But I will keep trying to get photos for you guys. I know you want to see BEARS so much!"
2019.06.13: On June 13, 2019 Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in the chat to share 2 photos by Ranger M Whalen. The exact dates are unknown at this time. Ranger Boak posted a M. Whalen photo of 132 and her yearling cub on the beach.
2019.06.14: On Friday June 14, 2019 Katmai National Park Facebook posted a lynx photo by Ranger M. Saxton . "Unlike many other wild cats, lynx can meow, purr, and hiss like a housecat. Their response to red laser pointers is unknown. NPS Photo / M. Saxton."
2019.06.15: On Saturday June 15, 2019 Brooks Lodge Facebook posted a Kara stenberg photo of a subadult on the beach . The caption was titled "Female subadult snoozing on the beach."
2019.06.16: Mike Fitz stopped by chat and commented on Sunday June 16, 2019 . He shared that 634 Popeye was seen on Saturday evening June 15, 2019 at Brooks Falls and posted a photo. He commented "We're busy preparing for the upcoming bearcam season. As noted in the featured comment there is no set date for the bearcams to go live, so we ask for your continued patience while the bearcams are fine tuned for live streaming. More than just a little fine tuning is needed at the river mouth, however, due to the construction of an elevated bridge. Technicians are hard at work to install cameras from multiple locations on the bridge."
"Bear activity along Brooks River has been relatively quiet over the past few days, although several bears have been seen in the area. I can confirm that 32 Chunk, 132 and her yearling, and 634 Popeye have been here in the past few days. At least two or three subadult bears have wandered through too. The first trickle of sockeye salmon have arrived as well."
"I'll be here until mid July. Along with John and Naomi, we will be hosting many live video chats, text chats in the comments, and play-by-plays from the river. Stay tuned for more updates and live event schedule announcements. We'll post those as soon as we can."
On Sunday June 16, 2019 Katmai National Park Facebook posted a video of a young bear attempting to dig up a swallows nest, video by Ranger B. Lutes . "Smarter than your average bear or just an average smart bear? This young bear is trying to reach a swallows nest. Video by Ranger Barbara Lutes/NPS."
2019.06.17 or Prior: Brooks Lodge's June 17, 2019 08:45 AKDT Facebook post with Brooks Lodge employee, Madison's photo of Kara Stenberg and a bear.:
2019.06.18: Courtney from Explore stopped by the chat on Tuesday June 18, 2019 to share photos of the progress being made with cam installation, #1 photo,#2 photo and #3 photo. Courtney commented: "Good morning! Sharing a little bit of work and progress in pictures." 2019.06.19 or Prior: Brooks Lodge's June 19, 2019 at 09:15 AKDT Facebook post with Kara Stenberg's photo of a subadult passing through camp.:2019.06.19: 634 Popeye and an unidentified subadult or young adult sex unknown were observed during Mike Fitz' test of the live chat equipment.:
Mike Fitz, Resident Naturalist with Explore.org goes live to test the live chat / play-by-play equipment from Brooks Falls, June 19, 2019 at approximately 14:09 :
At approximately 14:18, KCanada shared the 1st live cam bear snapshot of the 2019 season, 634 Popeye. At approximately 14:19, Erie shared her first snapshot of the 2019 season, also of 634 Popeye. At approximately 14:23, KCanada shared more of her snapshots (#1 , #2 & #3 ) of 634 Popeye. At approximately 14:28, Xander-Sage shared a gif she created. At 14:33, Goldilocks shared a snapshot of Mike Fitz from when her first went live and the falls appeared backwards. At 14:37, Courtney (Explore) sharedher snapshot of 634 Popeye headed for the island. Martina shared her gif at 14:37. At 14:40, Kam shared the 1st bear butt snapshot of the 2019 season, 634 Popeye. At 14.43, Kam shared more of her snapshots (#1 634 Popeye , #2 the other bear , & #3 634 Popeye ). At 14:43, Xander-Sage shared their gif of the other bear & 634 Popeye. At 14:45, Bearz61 shared snapshots (#1 & #2 ) of the other bear. At 14:48, Xander-Sage shared this snapshot of the other bear. At 14:51, Scooch shared their gif of 634 Popeye. Scooch shared their gif of the other bear at 14:55. Cruiser shared this gif of Mike Fitz and 634 Popeye.:
See Wednesday, June 19, 2019 page for above linked June 19, 2019 snapshots and gifs;
Mckate created this video of part of Mike's test, without sound. "Our first cam bears of the 2019 season are an unknown blond sub and 634 Popeye on the island.":
Lani H created this video of Mike Fitz testing the live chat equipment.:
Brooks Lodge Facebook shared a video by Kara Stenberg on June 27, 2019. The video was taken on June 19, 2019 and is described as "A 3-year old sub-adult brown bear bouncing on a log and then eating grass."
(Evening June 19, 2019)
On the evening of June 19, 2019 634 Popeye, 128 Grazer, and 856 were observed. Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi commented on June 20, 2019 at 08:55 AKDT and shared photos (#1 634 Popeye , #2 128 Grazer , #3 128 Grazer on the lip , #4 856).:
On June 20, 2019 at 15:57 AKDT, Brooks Lodge's Facebook post with Kara Stenberg's evening of June 19, 2019 photos (#1 , #2 , #3 & #4 ) of 128 Grazer successfully fishing the lip of Brooks Falls.:
2019.06.20 or Prior: Unknown Subadult Sex Unknown:
Brooks Lodge's June 20, 2019 09:16 AKDT Facebook post with Kara Stenberg's photo of a subadult and a ranger.:
2019.06.21: On Friday June 21, 2019, Ranger Naomi Boak stopped by the chat, commented and posted a photo of a sow with 3 yearlings . Ranger Boak commented "Hello everyone. I can see there is a great deal of anxiety here in the chat room. Rest assured we are working as fast as we can to get those cams working and those bears coming to you live. The Explore technicians are still here, busy, busy. As soon as we know something, you all will be the first to know. And, a good sign: Mike, John and I are working on the content for our first chat. So hold on. I know from personal experience that bear cam addiction can be a serious thing. To tide you over, here is a picture of a sow with three yearlings out by the spit road." Ranger Naomi commented that "I took the photo of 94 yesterday, 6-2019." The sow appears to be 94 with all 3 yearlings from her 2018 litter. Confirmation of the ID is needed from the Rangers.
On June 21 2019, Courtney from Explore stopped in chat to post photos of the underwater camera installation and a photo of a sow with 3 yearlings. The sow appears to be 402 and she has apparently lost one cub between fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.
On June 21, 2019 the Explore cams came live at 16:08 AKDT. The first cams to go live were Brooks Falls, Brook Falls Low and Dumpling Mountain. 128 Grazer was the first bear seen on the Brooks Falls cam, video by Ratna.
Bear cam chatter SteveCA (flyer 7474) recorded 128 Grazer chasing 151 Walker at the falls, June 21, 2019.
Lani H captured 856 at the falls fishing in the Jacuzzi on June 21, 2019.
51 Diver Jr was also seen for the first time at Brooks Falls on June 21, 2019. In a video by Lani H , 51 is seen fishing the far pool and then following/courting 128 Grazer.
A bear that appeared at Brooks Falls on June 21, 2019 looked similar to a sow thought to be 900 , (no Ranger photos available), video by Birgitt. Hopefully 900 will be included in the 2019 Bear Book.
Arlene Beech (Homebird) captured 128 Grazer on the Brooks Falls low cam sitting in front of the platform, video from June 21, 2019.151 Walker was first observed on the cams in the Riffles, June 21, 2019.
2019.06.22: 128 Grazer was seen at Brooks Falls on June 22, 2019 enjoying some fresh salmon, video by Lani H.
Brooks Lodge Facebook shared a Kara Stenberg photo of what appears to be 94 and her 3 yearlings on the spit, June 22, 2019. "Cubs on the Beach."Cheryl B (Bear Necessities) recorded a video of 151 Walker fishing at Brooks Falls on June 22, 2019.
51 Diver Jr was seen in the far pool on June 22, 2019 , video by Lan H.
Brooks lodge Facebook posted a photo of a bear standing on a rock on June 22, 2019 . In the comments, the bear is described as "subadult 903", photo by Kara Stenberg.
128 Grazer had an altercation with a subadult on June 22, 2019. The subadult, thought to possibly be 820, approaches 128 to pirate her fish and a fight ensues, video by Cruiser.
Two subadults were seen at the falls on June 22, 2019 . They appear friendly and familiar with each other and possibly 820 (smaller of the two) and 807. Video by Ratna.
747 made his return to Brooks Camp on June 22, 2019, video by Lani H . He can be seen fishing by the far pool and in the jacuzzi and sitting with his back to the falls, which is unique to him.
2019.06 23: 435 Holly returned to Brooks Falls on June 23, 2019 . No cubs were seen with her so it appears she has emancipated her two 2.5 year old cubs. She was seen in the far pool, video by Cruiser.
634 Popeye was seen at Brooks falls a number of times on June 23, 2019.He was seen fishing the lip which is not usually his preferred spot, video by Ratna.
634 Popeye was also seen "cowboy walking" on the Brooks Falls low cam in front of the viewing platform, video by flyer 7474, June 23, 2019.
A subadult believed to be 909, the 3.5 year old daughter of 409 Beadnose, is seen venturing out on the lip to attempt catching fish. Video by Birgitt, June 23, 2019.
Both 128 Grazer and 747 were seen on June 23, 2019 in this video by Lani H . As 128 is fishing in the riffles, 747 approaches to "court" her. 128 does not seem to be receptive.
2 subadults, possibly 820 and 807, are seen at Brooks Falls in a playfight on June 23, 2019, video by flyer 7474.
856 was seen eating his catch by the island as an eagle flies by on June 23, 2019 , video by fklyer 7474.
On June 23, 2019 and unknown bear was observed on the grassy bank area of the riffles. The ?male bear resembled an unidentified bear that was seen being confronted by 747 on June 25, 2018 . Both videos by Ratna.
2019.06.24: 856 showed quite the display of dominance at Brooks Falls on June 23, 2019, video by Victoria White . He first chased 634 Popeye above the falls, then circled around downriver. He can be seen chasing down and attacking an unidentified bear in the riffles. When the altercation ended, 856 can be seen sitting and then lying down as the other bear slowly walks away.Mike Fitz commented on 856's behavior. "Looks like he was hot and tired and needed a rest! The other bear, possibly 801, remained submissive as he moved away like he was expecting 856 to continue to challenge him."
Brooks Lodge Facebook shared a video by Kara Stenberg on June 27, 2019. Thevideo was taken on June 19, 2019 and is described as "A 3-year old sub-adult brown bear bouncing on a log and then eating grass."