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Bears seen in 2020:

This table will be used to document the bears that have been seen so far in the 2020 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

YO= Years Old

YRL'ng = Yearling Cubs (1.5 year old cubs)

Links to ranger comments regarding bears seen in 2019 Official Bear Monitoring Sessions:

MALES

Bear #

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec N/A N/A N/A
18 

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/267/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

32 Chunk

6/29?

6/30

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/12

7/13

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

51 Diver Jr.
68
83 Wayne Brother 18.5 YO

6/23

6/24

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

89 Backpack 14.5 YO

6/23

6/24

6/296/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/18

7/27 not 7/28

7/28

7/30

115
151 Walker 13.5 YO

6/16

6/22

6/23

6/24

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/11

7/127/13

7/18

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

274 Overflow
461
469 Patches
474

480 Otis

6/23

6/24 6/26 6/28 6/29

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27  not 7/28

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

503 Cubadult 7.5 YO

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/127/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

511
602 6/25 ?
603
634 Popeye

6/25

6/26 6/27 6/28

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/9

7/11


7/12

7/13

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

747 "Colbert"

6/23

6/24

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6


7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

755 Scare D Bear
775 Lefty 6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

801

6/27 ?

6/28

6/30

7/1

7/3

7/4 (Not 89)

7/5

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

?7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/8

8/9

8/10

807

Adult

6/24? 6/29

6/30

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/4

7/6

7/7

7/18

7/19

808 Subadult
809 Subadult  273's 2015 Male

?7/16

?7/20

?7/25

810 Subadult

?7/22

?7/24

?7/27

812Subadult

402's 2015 Male  5.5 YO

6/27 ? 6/28

6/30

7/1

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/97/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18 near

7/19

7/20

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/26

7/27

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

820 Subadult/young adult

6/23?

6/24

6/25

6/30

7/1

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

821 Subadult 504's 2015 Darker Male 5.5 YO

7/1

7/2

7/4

7/5

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

856

6/22 6/23

6/25

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

879
903 (128's 2016 Blonder Male) Subadult 4.5 YO ?7/13
904 (854's 2016 Dark Eyed Male) Subadult 4.5 YO
905 (854's 2016 Male) Subadult 4.5 YO
907 (708's 2015 Male) Subadult 5.5 YO

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10 near

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/10

911

"Split Nose"

(253? )

? 7/7

? 7/9

? 7/9

? 7/9

?7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

?7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

912 (39's 2016 Male) Subadult 4.5 YO

6/26?

6/29?

6/30?

?7/1

?7/2

?7/4

?7/6

?7/10

7/13

7/14

7/15

?7/16

?7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/3

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/10

913 waiting to confirm gender as male (see ID'd, sex unknown below)
39's 2016 male, "other brother", no ID #, has natal collar

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

Large boar 6/14

"Late Night Bear"

2019

6/23
Unid'd (2018, 2019 ) male with shaggy mane and small scar right hip, "Mane Bear, Shaggy"

6/27

6/29

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/87/13

7/17

7/18

7/19

?128 Grazer's male 2016 offspring. Seen ?2019

?6/28

?6/30

?7/1
Unknown, medium -sized, dark boar with a lighter, blocky muzzle, round ears and 2 small scars on the right side of his face

7/4

? 7/5

?7/19

7/20right

Unknown medium sized boar, light brown shedded fur mid-section, dark brown patches of fur on rump, head and neck, shed/saddle bear

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/12

?7/14

7/18

7/19

Unknown dark, long body, white scar on middle back, upright ears, lighter muzzle 7/9
Unknown young boar, close set eyes, friendly with 907, ?scrappy  7/31
Unknown boar, bright blonde ears

8/5

8/6

Unknown boar, light brown fur, blonde, angled-out ears,light muzzle, seen with 812 8/3
Unknown boar, dark fur, tapered muzzle, blonde tipped, angled-out ears, small scar in front of right hip, wispy fur under neck

8/6

8/6

8/7

8/7 left

8/8 lip

8/9

8/10

Unknown ?male with odd looking eyes

8/10

8/10

451's 3.5 YO  ?male subadults

?7/15

?7/17

7/18

?7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/26 (1)

7/27 (1)

7/28 (1)

7/29

7/31 (1)

?8/1 (1)

8/2 (1)

8/5 (1)

?8/8 (2)

Diving ?male subadult #1, jacuzzi

8/6

8/6

8/9

8/10

Diving ?male subadult #2, LR, 451 male sub?

8/7

8/8

8/8

8/9

8/10

Blonde ?male subadult Beggar Bear 8/8
Dark male subadult with blonde tipped ears 8/10

FEMALES

Bear #

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec w/ COY w/ YRL'ng w/ Older Cubs
25 (435 Holly's 2017 blonde female subadult) 3.5 YO

7/15

7/21

?7/22

?7/23

?7/24

26 (435 Holly's 2017 darker female subadult) 3.5 YO

7/15

7/21

?7/22

?7/23

?7/24

39
57 Borderline subadult/adult female

8/1

8/2

8/6

?8/7

?8/8

8/9

8/10

?8/10

94

6/15 w3

6/22

6/25

6/266/30

7/1 w3

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

w3 2.5 YO
128 Grazer 15.5 YO

6/18 w2

6/22

6/25

6/30

7/1 w2

7/3

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/15

7/16

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/25

7/29

8/2 w2

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

w 2
132

6/29 single 6/30

7/10
171

7/4 single

7/5 

7/8

7/10

7/12

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

?7/24

201
261 12.5 YO

?7/3

?7/6 or 900


7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/127/137/14

7/15

7/16

7/20

7/22

?7/27

?7/28

8/2
273

6/17 w3

6/26

6/30

7/1 w3

7/7

7/8

7/11

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1 w3

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

w 3
284 "Electra" 12.5 YO

6/30 or earlier

w2

7/1 w2

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/20

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29

8/1w2

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/9

8/10

w 2
289

?7/11

?7/13no per Mike

402

6/16w3

6/22single

6/25

6/28

6/30

7/1

7/3

7/4

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/17

7/18

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/24

?7/25

w3 2.5 YO
409 Beadnose
410
425 Jan
435 Holly

6/24 w1

6/30

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/31

8/1 w1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

w1
451
477 Sara

7/4

7/4

7/5

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/17

482 Brett

?6/29

single

6/29

6/30

7/1

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

500 Indy
504

?7/1

?7/14

7/15

7/16

?7/17

?7/24

?7/25

7/26

7/26

?7/28

7/29

505

7/2 w2

7/3

7/4 7/5 7/10 7/12

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/18

7/18

w2 2.5 YO

610 Adult 6.5 YO

6/25

6/30

7/1

7/3

7/6

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/17

7/18 near

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26 @3:23

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

700 Marge
708 Amelia 19.5 YO

6/23 w2

6/26

6/29

6/30

7/1w2

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/10

7/11

7/13

7/14

7/16

7/17

7/18

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

8/1 w2

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

w 2
717 Adult 6.5 Y.O. 6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

7/13

7/15

7/16

7/18

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

7/27

719 Adult 6.5 YO

6/15 w2

6/22

6/26

6/30

7/1w2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6 (not 94)

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/17

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/28

7/29

8/1w2

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/7

w 2

720 Adult (Female )

803

7/2 w3

7/4

7/6

7/7

7/8 w2

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/29

7/30 803 not 83

8/2 w2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

w 3

then2

804 Adult"Not-505" aka Little Lip Fisher (132's ?) ?7/1
805 Adult? 6.5 YO
806 Adult 6.5 YO 6/30w1

7/1w1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

w 1
811 Subadult 402's 2015 female 5.5 YO
813 Nostril Bear
831 Subadult 504's 2015 female 5.5 YO

6/30 6/30

7/1

7/3

7/5

7/10

7/11

7/14

7/15

7/17

7/18

7/19

?7/21

7/23

7/24

7/25

?7/28

7/30

8/5

8/8

854 Divot 18.5 YO

7/5 w2

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/16

7/18

7/20

7/21

7/23

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

8/1 w2

8/2

8/4

8/5

8/6

w 2

900 (Adult Female)

?7/6 or ?261
901 (284's 4.5 YO Subadult) 

6/23

6/24

6/28

6/30

7/1

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/16

7/18

7/19

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/27

7/28

7/29 right

7/30

7/31 left

?8/1

8/2

?8/3

8/4

8/5

8/8

8/9

8/10

902 "Fifi" "Bonsai"(128's 2016 Runt) 4.5 YO

6/22

6/30

7/1

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/9

7/10

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

7/18 @1:18

7/19

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/26

8/1

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7 (not 25/26)

8/8

8/10

906 (854's 2016 Female) Subadult 4.5 YO

?7/13

?7/16

?8/7
908 (708's 2015 4.5 YO Female) Subadult 5.5 YO

7/5

7/6

7/8

7/10

7/15

909 (409's 2016 Blonder Female) Subadult 4.5 YO

6/23?

6/25

6/26

6/30

7/3

7/5

7/11

7/13

7/14

7/17

7/18

7/19

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/25

?7/26

7/28

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/6

8/7

910 (409's 2016 Darker Female) Subadult 4.5 YO

6/30

7/2

7/6

7/8

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/14

7/16

?7/17

7/18

7/21

7/22

?7/28

7/29 left

7/30

7/31

8/1

8/2

8/3

8/4 near

8/5

8/7

sow with 3- 2.5 YO cubs

6/14

94 or 402?

w 3
Unknown sow with 3 coy 6/24w3
#1 Unknown sow with 1 coy, no natal collar on coy 6/28w1

7/3

7/3

7/3

?7/16

7/21

#2 Unknown sow with 1 coy, coy has natal collar. Note: this sow was identified as 806 on 7/21/2020 6/30w1

7/1w1

7/2

7/3

7/4

7/5

7/6

7/7

7/8

7/9

7/10

7/11

7/12

7/13

7/14

7/15

7/16

#3? Unknown Sow with 1 coy, coy has natal collar 7/10
Unknown sow with two yearlings or 2.5 year old cubs 39?

7/12 not 505 7/16

7/17

7/20

7/21  

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/24

7/25

7/27

7/28

7/29

7/31

8/1w2

8/2

8/3

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/10

Unknown ?sow with large hump, vertical shed patch on forehead, blonde head, neck and ears, med brown body, timid, left rear lower leg wound, 7/17

7/12 7/13

Mike comment

7/15

7/17

7/21

7/26

Unknown blonde ?sow with inverted chevron patch on forehead, blonde round upright ears 7/16

Unknown sow, light brown coat, blonde tipped, set back ears, straight forehead, shaggy fur under neck, small hump. Seen in 2017?

7/23

7/26

Unknown blonde sow with white claws, also seen in 2019

7/25

7/25

7/25

7/25

7/25

7/26

7/27

7/28

7/29 right

7/30

Unknown ?sow, shaggy fur under neck (not 57)

8/10

451's 3.5 YO ?Female ?6/30

7/18

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/29

?7/30

7/31

482's 2.5 YO  Females (all 3 were female)

?7/7 (1)

?7/10 (1)

?7/12

(2)

7/17 ? (1)

?7/18 (2)

7/18 (2)

7/20 (1)

7/21 (2)

7/23 (3)

7/24 (3)

?7/25 (2)

7/27 (3)

7/28 (3)

7/30 (3)

7/31 (3)

8/1 (3)

8/2 (3)

8/3 (3)

8/4

8/5  (3)

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/9

8/9

482's 2.5 YO darker Female ?7/12
435 Holly's 3.5 YO subadults

?7/15 7/21  7/227/23 7/24 blonde

ID'd Sex Unknown Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec w/ COY w/ YRL'ng w/ Older Cubs
913 (39's 2016 Offspring) Subadult Sex Unknown 4.5 YO

6/26?

6/29?

6/30

?7/1

?7/2

?7/4

?7/6

?7/10

7/13

7/14

7/15

?7/16

?7/18 far

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/25

7/27

7/28

7/30

?8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/10

451 subadults ?6/26

?7/13

7/18

7/22

UnID'd Sex Unknown Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec w/ COY w/ YRL'ng w/ Older Cubs
Subadult, possible 402 emancipated 2.5 year old 6/26
Subadult, resembles 171, ? emancipated in 2018

6/26

6/27

Older Subadult

6/24

6/28

402's smallest 2.5 YO subadult?

6/29

6/29

402's two 2.5 YO subadults?

6/29

6/29

402's ?emancipated subadults (all 3)

?7/4

?7/6

?7/8

?7/8

?7/8

?7/9

?7/10

7/14

7/16

7/17

7/20

7/21

7/22

7/23

7/27

Unid'd 2019 subadult, dark fur, blonde tipped ears, "Little Bear, Little Sub"

?7/1

?7/4

?7/14

?7/16

Unknown blonde subadult with large hump

7/1

same sub?7/2

?2.5 year old subadult? 6/30
?2.5 year old subadult, "Mini 908", a 482 offspring?

6/27

6/30

7/2

7/2

7/10

Small subadult, dark fur, blonde around the head/neck 7/25
Shaggy neck blonde sub with dark ?sibling with blonde ears

7/22

7/26

7/30

7/30

Small dark sub with natal collar, blonde ears 7/26 ?sibling followed?
Dark subadult with large, right rear leg wound

7/23

7/27

8/6

8/7

Older ?female subadult, blonde, bright blonde triangular ears, light muzzle, 

7/27

7/30

Dark bearded subadult

8/1

8/1

Small subadult, dark fur, natal collar remnant, blonde, angled ears 7/31
Small subadult, blonde ears, multiple blonde fur patches 8/1

Detailed Information & Pictures re: Bears Seen 2020:

2020 season:

April 2020:  

2020.04.??: Courtney from Explore posted an update in April on the bear cam season for 2020. We plan to do everything humanly possible to bring you bear cams this summer. We are already in conversation with the park about best case vs. worst case scenarios, and fully plan to go live unless the act of setup puts our installer’s life at risk. We like him and we’d prefer to keep him around ;) As with everything in the world right now, we are taking it all day by day. We know how much it would mean to have these cameras online, and that’s why we will do all that’s in our power to make it happen. Thanks for your support, patience, and kindness.

May 2020:

2020.05.??:  Courtney from Explore posted 2 updates in May on the bear cam season for 2020.

Update #1: Hi friends! I know we're feeling the heat of summer, so I'm here to check in and answer what I can regarding the upcoming camera season. For the featured comment: we are still on track to go live with the assistance of local help. This would allow us to keep our installer from traveling and bypass any quarantine-related issues. The cameras are due to go live later than usual, but we're still looking at sometime in June. Obviously these are unprecedented times and this is an unfolding situation so we will take it day by day and keep you informed. If you have questions, ask them here and I'll answer what I can. If everything goes according to plan we have a couple of fun surprises for 2020 too!

Update #2: I noticed a few people "disliked" my last featured comment 😂I'm sorry if I offended anyone, but I promise I'm doing my best to communicate the realities of the situation.

Just popping in to update everyone: yes, we are still on track for rebooting our beloved bear cams for the summer. The timeline might be slightly later than normal, but no word of a significant delay yet. If everything goes according to plan, we still get to go live at some point in June. If there are any concerns or new hiccups we will let you know, but please know that we are as motivated to get our Katmai cams up as you are to watch them!

2020.05.11:  Katmai National Park and Preserve Facebook posted a "current flyover" NPS photo with the blue of Lake Brooks and Naknek Lake on 5/11/2020. You can still see ice around Brooks Camp.

June 2020:

2020.06.08:  Courtney from Explore posted an exciting update on the 2020 bear cam season on 6/8/2020.

A few of you have tagged me asking for an update, so let's do an update! Tech boots are on the ground starting 6/15. The plan is to upgrade the internet to a more stable setup. Hardware for the install is currently in Anchorage being transported to King Salmon this week.

Our techs should be able to send us some install photos, which we'll share here as we get them. Bear Cam 2020 for the win!

2020.06.09:  Mike Fitz stopped in chat on 6/9/2020 to announce that he would be explore.org's Resident Naturalist again this year...and the crowd went wild!

"Good afternoon everyone. Bearcam season is fast approaching and I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be joining you once again this summer as explore.org's resident naturalist. There have been some major changes in my small world, including moving across the U.S. to northern Maine. Due to the pandemic, I won’t be traveling to Brooks River this July. However, along with Katmai National Park rangers Brooklyn and Naomi, we have dozens of live events in the works such as twice-weekly text chats, many play-by-plays broadcasts, and our classic live chats.

Work to secure the bearcam connection to the outside world will begin on June 15. The solar-powered battery system at Brooks Falls survived the winter, so technicians will be focusing their efforts on re-establishing the wireless connection between the webcams at the river and the radio towers on Dumpling Mountain. Hardware for the installation is currently in Anchorage and will be transported to King Salmon this week.

I’m looking forward to sharing the experience of watching bears and salmon with you. Bearcam is an important part of my life and I pledge to work especially hard to make the experience meaningful for you too. This summer, I’m particularly keen on watching how the hierarchy at the river sorts itself out. Last year, we saw 856 remain on top. But, he’s about 20 years old and has been the river’s most consistently dominant bear since 2011. That’s a long time to maintain the rank he does. If 856 remains healthy, I think he stands a good chance of remaining very dominant and taking advantage of the opportunity dominance affords like greater access to estrous females and fishing spots. Other large, dominant males like 603/68 may have other ideas though. What bearcam storylines are you looking forward to watching?"

Mike Fitz shared a July 4, 2019 photo of 856 (right) challenging 603/68 upstream of Brooks Falls on 6/9/2020.

After Mike Fitz made his announcement, Courtney stopped in chat. "Cat's out of the bag, Mike is hanging out with us this summer! Some photo updates from our tech for those who're interested in Bear Cam progress." Courtney shared photos (#1 and #2 ) of equipment being prepared and loaded for transport to Alaska from California. 

2020.06.12:  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Ranger Naomi and other Rangers and personnel have had to quarantine in King Salmon for 14 days. They then had to have a negative Covid-19 test before they could travel to Brooks Camp. 

Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat on 6/12/2020."Hello Everyone! I'm at Brooks in the Visitor Center. It is a beautiful day, sunny and warm. The boat ride here was the fastest I've ever taken. No bears yet, but lots of voles and hares. My camera battery needs charging so all I have is my iPhone. Once I figure out how to transfer the pix I took on my phone, I will post them here."

2020.06.13:  On 6/13/2020 Ranger Naomi Boak dropped by chat with an update and photos from Brooks Falls, photos #1, #2 and #3. "Hello from Brooks Camp! It is an incredibly gorgeous day so, of course, I headed to the falls. No bears, sorry to say, but I was there for three hours and it was just beautiful. Several eagles soared way up high for around 15 minutes. One juvenile perched atop the eagles' tree. Spectacular sight. Three mergansers were diving like crazy and hanging out on Backpack's rock. And I saw 2 fish try to jump the falls. Probably trout. I took a video so you could hear the sound of the falls, but the wifi is too slow for me to upload right now. I'm keeping my eyes open for bears. There is scat, but nothing really recent."

Permission to use her NPS photos posted on the bearcam comments   

2020.06.14: Ranger Naomi Boak commented in chat on 6/14/2020  sharing photos (#1, #2, #3 and #4 )  of the Ranger's boat trip to Brooks Camp on 6/13/2020. Ranger Boak also stated that a sow with cubs and a very large boar were seen.

"Hey Bear Lovers. Decided to stop in to the Visitor Center again to post some pics. I apologize for not responding to each of your wonderful enthusiastic comments individually, but D is making it difficult for me. So here are some pics of our trip across Naknek Lake. Leaving Lake Camp, on the way and our arrival at Brooks. Also, the gorgeous juvenile eagle who is getting bigger and balder, perched atop what I call the Eagle Tree at the Falls. I haven't seen a bear yet, but two of the maintenance guys said they saw a sow with 3 very large cubs at Lake Brooks and at VR housing, where I live. That is either 273 with her yearlings or one of the 3 sows that hasn't emancipated her cubs yet. They also saw very large boar. Enjoy the pics. 
Batteries were delivered by helicopter to the repeater on Dumpling yesterday afternoon. And for those of you long time bear cam fanatics, guess which piece of equipment is not working? I'll check back tomorrow for your answers."

2020.06.15:  Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat on 6/15/2020 to provide 2 updates, #1 and #2.

Update #1: "Good Day, everyone. Another beautiful day at Brooks Camp. No pictures for you yet, but Ranger Tammy and I had visitors at our cabins yesterday evening. A sow with three 2 year olds! They were huge! No commitments on ID's yet, but what a great welcoming sight it was."

Update #2: "No more closed trail. It has completely washed away. The island is getting smaller, almost no tree left. And the big log at the falls has moved. More to come."

Ranger Naomi Boak had exciting news to share in chat on 6/15/2020. 719 has returned to Brooks Camp with her 2 yearlings. "Bingo Everyone! Our first bear photos of 2020. And you will be happy to know that it is....drum roll please...719 and two yearlings!!! (Confirmed by Ranger Tammy)."  The family can be seen on the spit area, photos by Ranger Naomi Boak #1, #2, #3 and #4.

Ranger Naomi Boak announced in chat on 6/18/2020 that 94 was observed with her three 2.5 year old cubs on 6/15/2020. No photos were available. Will 94 Emancipate her cubs? 

2016.06.16:  Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat on 6/16/2020 with an update : "We have a very strong east wind. I don't think we will see any bears today. With so much wind, they can't smell what's out there, so it's like us moving around blind. They (cam techs) are still in King Salmon. Too windy for any of our boats today."

Kam shared a pencil and chalk drawing of 719 and her 2 yearlings on 6/16/2020. The drawing was inspired by Ranger Naomi Boak's 6/15/2020 photo (#3 photo posted above on 6/15/2020).

2020.06.16:  Ranger Naomi Boak stopped in chat on 6/17/2020 and announced that both 402 with her three 2.5 year old cubs and 151 Walker had been seen and identified by Ranger Tammy.

"BREAKING NEWS from the Brook River Gazette -- Ace cub reporter Ranger Tammy was on evening duty by our cabins when she spotted bear 402 with her 3 - 2.5 year old cubs walking by. Shortly after that she saw a boar -- bear 151, Walker. Reportedly, he was huffing and agitated. Then 402 and cubs began to run and 151 pursued. That's the news from the Brooks River."

2020.06.17:  More news came on 6/17/2020 from Ranger Naomi Boak. 273 was seen in camp with all 3 of her now yearling cubs. Ranger Naomi shared 2 photos, #1, 273 alone and #2, 1 of 273's 3 yearlings.

"Afternoon NEWS ALERT. Bear 273 was just seen with all 3 yearlings here in the middle of camp. She's a little skittish at this point, so I was not able to get pictures of her and all her cubs, but here is one picture of her and of one cub."

Explore Resident Naturalist Mike Fitz gave a Bearcam update on 6/17/2020  and shared 2 gifs, #1 and #2.

                                                              Bearcam Status Update, June 17, 2020:

"Technicians are on the ground in the King Salmon area and began working on the camera network earlier this week. The techs recently upgraded some of hardware and circuits in King Salmon, which will improve the stability of the network. Additionally, the solar-powered battery system at Brooks Falls survived the winter, so technicians will now be focusing their efforts on re-establishing the wireless connection between the webcams at the river and the radio towers on Dumpling Mountain. Thank you for your patience as we wait for more information.

Last week, I discussed one storyline I am interested in following. Today, I’m thinking about salmon. Specifically, when will the salmon arrive at Brooks River?

In late May and early June, tens of millions of sockeye salmon are spread across thousands of miles of the North Pacific and Bering Sea. Guided by instinct, they swim as much as 50 miles per day to reach their natal watersheds. The first sockeye typically enter freshwater within a few days of the summer solstice, and the run usually peaks during the first week of July. Afterward, it gradually declines to a trickle and usually stops in late July. About 80 percent of Bristol Bay’s sockeye run arrives within two weeks, a precise arrival window given the disparate places sockeye start from and the distances they must cover to return. It is a wave of salmon unlike any other on the planet."

Brooks lodge posted photos by Lodge employee Tristan Eames on 6/17/2020. In the 3 photos, a moose is seen walking under the lower river bridge,#1, #2 and #3.  Awaiting permission to post the photos.

2020.06.18:  Courtney from Explore stopped in chat on 6/18/2020 to give an update on upgrading equipment. Courtney shared 4 photos, #1, #2, #3  and #4.

"I'M ON A BOAT!  Well I'm not, but the techs are. As promised, here are a few pics of upgrading the link to Dumpling, and some really helpful folks on a boat, without whom we would be missing out on bear cam."

128 Grazer returned to Brooks Camp on June 18, 2020 with her 2nd litter, 2 spring cubs. Her arrival is exactly 4 years to the day that she arrived at Brooks Camp with her 1st litter of 3 spring cubs. Ranger Naomi Boak announced 128 Grazer and her cubs arrival in chat on 6/18/2020 and shared photos, #1 and #2.

"BREAKING NEWS! 128 Grazer has returned with two spring cubs. Photos by Ranger Tammy."

2020.06.27:  812(?) returns to the Brooks River for the 2020 season; video by mckate.:

27 Jun 2020 812 Arrives by mckate-1

27 Jun 2020 812 Arrives by mckate-1

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