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Crowded falls Snapshot by LaniH

Crowded falls Snapshot by LaniH

Bear Cam Year in Review October 22

We’ve come to the end of another season with our Brooks Bears. And what a fabulous season it has been! We thought about doing a Bear Cam Year in Review issue or a Favorite Moments issue, but then decided that it would run a hundred pages and basically include everything in every one of our weekly blogs! So we’ll let you review those at your leisure by going to this link and scrolling back through all the blogs done on the bears – including those by Mike Fitz.

Then we started thinking about what we’ll miss while the bears are hibernating, and decided to do a What I’ll Miss Over the Winter issue… or if your glass is half full…. What I’ll Look Forward to Next Spring! 😉 So here goes in no particular order; sort of a slide show format!

Sunrise on River Watch

Lower River sunrise Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Squirrels on Dumpling

Squirrel on dumpling microphone  Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Sub adults playing

playing  subadults Snapshot by Cam Op Jules

Snapshot by Cam Op Jules

Snapshot by Cam Op Aspire

Snapshot by Cam Op Aspire

And playing some more

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

bear plays with tree root Snapshot by LaniH

subadult plays with tree root Snapshot by LaniH

subadult plays with salmon Snapshot by Bearz61

subadult plays with salmon Snapshot by Bearz61

Lets not forget the Keystone species, without the salmon we wouldn’t have the bears

Snapshot by Bookmom

Snapshot by Bookmom

And more salmon

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Other wildlife –  eagles, mergansers, beavers and gulls

Juvenile bald eagle Snapshot by SandraTaylor66

Juvenile bald eagle Snapshot by SandraTaylor66

Mergansers Snapshot by LaniH

Mergansers Snapshot by LaniH

Gulls snapshot by LaniH

Gulls snapshot by LaniH

beaver Snapshot by LaniH

beaver swimming Snapshot by LaniH

Cubs, cubs, cubs

Snapshot by Larinor

94’s coy Snapshot by Larinor

Snapshot by Cam Op HG Wells

132 and coy Snapshot by Cam Op HG Wells

Snapshot by Tiny Julz <><

402’s coy Snapshot by Tiny Julz <><

Snapshot by LaniH

482 Brett’s blonde coy Snapshot by LaniH

505 and coy Snapshot by samanthabear

505 and coy Snapshot by samanthabear

Picture by Ranger Russ

813 Nostril Bear Picture by Ranger Russ

Bears on the falls

128 Grazer Cam Op Scout

128 Grazer Cam Op Scout

409 Beadnose Snapshot  by bearlyworkin

409 Beadnose Snapshot by bearlyworkin

775 Lefty Snapshot by LaniH

775 Lefty Snapshot by LaniH

Bears over the falls

274 Overflow Snapshot by LaniH

274 Overflow Snapshot by LaniH

409 Beadnose slips off the lip Snapshot by LaniH

409 Beadnose slips off the lip Snapshot by LaniH

New bears learning the falls

subadult finally catches on in the jacuzzi Snapshot by Cam Op Scout

subadult finally catches a salmon in the jacuzzi Snapshot by Cam Op Scout

Bears in the Jacuzzi

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

503 doing his back float Snapshot by lynnshultz

503 doing his back float Snapshot by lynnshultz

Otis grumbling

480 Otis arguing with 68 over the jacuzzi Snapshot by squirrely

480 Otis arguing with 68 over the jacuzzi Snapshot by squirrely

Holding our breath at every dominance encounter

856 takes down 747 Snapshot by LaniH

856 takes down 747 Snapshot by LaniH

856 and 32 Chunk kerfuffle Snapshot by Cam Op Scout

856 and 32 Chunk kerfuffle Snapshot by Cam Op Scout

Smiling with “Awww’s” at more “peaceful” encounters

151 Walker cuddles with 708 Amelia

151 Walker cuddles with 708 Amelia

151 Walker and 755 Scare D Bear nuzzle Snapshot by Cam Op Maisie

151 Walker and 755 Scare D Bear nuzzle Snapshot by Cam Op Maisie

755 Scare D Bear Snapshot by LaniH

755 Scare D Bear Snapshot by LaniH

480 Otis napping Snapshot by Cam Op Arya

480 Otis napping Snapshot by Cam Op Arya

Cheering when all our cubs returned in the fall

402's coy Snapshot by LaniH

402’s coy Snapshot by LaniH

451 and  her yearlings Snapshot by Cam Op Nan

451 and her yearlings Snapshot by Cam Op Nan

Diving bears

Diving subadult Snapshot by LaniH

Diving subadult Snapshot by LaniH

 

Bears making us laugh

Goofy 503 Snapshot by Cam Op Melissa

Goofy 503 Snapshot by Cam Op Melissa

Bears making us cry – both with sadness and happiness

132 coy up tree Picture by Ranger Russ

132 coy up tree Picture by Ranger Russ

132 and coy picture by Ranger Russ

132 and coy reunited picture by Ranger Russ

shutterclicker sub grass play

subadult plays with grass Snapshot by Shutterclicker

View of our eldest bear

410 Snapshot by LaniH

410 Snapshot by LaniH

Wolves

wolf at the falls Snapshot by Cam Op Kathy

Snapshot by Cam Op Kathy

Snapshot by Cam Op Kelly

Snapshot by Cam Op Kelly

Fat Bears

409 fatbear

747 fatbear

The wind and waves and last looks at the old Bridge

Bridge and falls colors Snapshot by LaniH

Bridge and falls colors Snapshot by LaniH

bridge on a windy day Snapshot by Krayonz

bridge on a windy day Snapshot by Krayonz

PBP’s (play-by-plays), Live Chats, Periscopes; view them here and here.

Ranger Russ and Ranger Andrew

Ranger Russ and Ranger Andrew

Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Snapshot by Larinor

Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Snapshot by Larinor

Even the bears showed up for the Live Chats

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Ranger Andrew’s superb communication and wit, a couple examples from this years fat bear contest:

“This round is a face-off between current and former Fat Bear Week champs! 480 Otis is the reigning champion… does this mammoth mass of meat still have what it takes?”

“Bear 409, who won the contest in 2015, seems like she could misplace salmon in some of those rolls. Whose bulging bear booty is biggest?”

“In this round: metabolic magician 409 Beadnose goes up against no stranger to the gallery of calories, 854 Divot. Whose salmon-sourced cellulite supersedes?”

Ranger Russ’s photos:

Ranger Russ pic of subadult

Ranger Russ pic of subadult

Mike Fitz’s meticulous dissemination of knowledge; his comments here

Mike showing vegetation on Dumpling Mtn Snapshot by ColoradoCarol

Mike showing vegetation on Dumpling Mtn Snapshot by ColoradoCarol

And Bears…. Just Bears! Sleep Well Brooks Bears! See you in the Spring!

Snapshot  by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by Bumpy

Snapshot by Bumpy

We’d like to Thank all the Rangers, especially Russ and Andrew, and Explore Fellow Mike Fitz for sharing their time effort and knowledge this season. A thank you to all our great bear cam chatters for their great pictures and comments.

Snapshot by LaniH

Snapshot by LaniH

  • Carol Loveless

    There are so many people to thank for a wonder bear season so just want to say THANK YOU to everyone. Every moment is special to me and I feel so priviledged to be able to share my love of these amazing animals and their home with so many others who think the same way I do. Every year is a roller coaster of emotions from awe-inspiring to zany. Wuvtai5

  • Deborah-TX (2014)

    what a great final bear cam review. Thank YOU

  • connien

    This was simply wonderful. Thank you so very, very much for all of the time and dedication you gave to this blog. It meant more than I can tell you. Please, if possible, keep this on the page so in the dark waiting for next spring, I can drop in again and smile. Thank you again for everything.

  • LaRonnie

    Beautiful.

  • Thumbalina50

    This is so incredible. Thank you for taking the time to put something like together and for sharing it with everyone.

  • Tripp54

    Absolutely loved it! Thanks a million!

  • Cantab

    Well done guys and Thank You