Katmai National Park in Alaska is holding their annual Fat Bear Week tournament today through October 11th. Which of the park’s brown bears have gained the most weight during the summer to ensure a safe and healthy winter hibernation? You can’t just ask a bear to step on the scales, so these bears are judged on appearance (from a safe distance). People who have been following the bears all summer have their favorites, but if you don’t, you can read up on the contenders in their profiles. The bears that have been around long enough have names, like Holly, Otis, Grazer, Walker, and Chunk, but they all have numbers.
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The first round matchups today pit Bear 335 against Bear 164, and Bear 747 against Bear 856. If either advance far enough in the tournament, they will probably earn their own nicknames. Voting begins at noon Eastern Time. Cast your vote for both matchups here. You can vote in different matchups each day as the tournament advances. The final championship round will be Tuesday the 11th, and the winner will be announced some time after that.
Whether you vote or not, you’ll enjoy checking out the bears on the park’s live webcams.