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Send Us Your Favorite Brown Bear Story & Snapshot!

It is almost that time of year again, Brown Bear Season! We are so excited over here at explore and we can’t wait to get these cameras up and running! While we patiently (kinda) wait for the cams to be up, we would love to hear your favorite Katmai Brown Bear Live Cam story!

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Comment below a favorite snapshot from the past season or two and an accompanying story behind it and we will feature a story a day leading up to when we go live!

  • Xander-Sage

    I liked when Otis splashed the crow because it would not be quite.
    Sorry the picture is not the clearest.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a22757697b5fa34d8853d72db627d49c67ea715ee63ed0feb1809cbff544754.jpg

    • mosaic_world

      I remember that b/c everyone was defending Otis. I found that really interesting b/c among the bears Otis always seems the pacifist.

    • abcayemich

      That was epic. I must have watched the video 50 times.

    • Naomi Boak

      One of my favorite moments of all time. Otis and the raven. Doesn’t get better than this and is a great example of how great the live streaming cameras are.

    • Xander-Sage

      For of those that did not get to see it live, here is a video posted by Pleidians Bear.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBwOhZFqQT4

      • Leslie Zane

        Can’t we relate to what Otis did? When I saw this video, I truly realized how sentient bears can be.

  • Tennessee Girl

    So exciting to see pics of the bears that are starting to return! Can’t wait to see them all!! YEA!!!

  • EAV

    “What your kids do behind your back”
    Two cubs tried to stay out of trouble while mommy tried to catch salmon – https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/31b1c4ec9f915ab5ce5abc8e309468a531f3c76498c8316ed706db9d92d37b2c.jpg 7/10 2016

    • GreenRiver

      Beautiful pic. And funny!

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      So funny! Going to feature this week!

  • abcayemich

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b920e61dd8d309247449f376c97eed3b422d0ba980542154b38c7864bf49197.jpg This was one of four last snapshots I caught of 273 and her ‘Velcro’ before they headed out for the Mountain. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day and they were so peaceful. October 26, 2016. Thank you Cam-Op!

  • GreenRiver

    402’s largest cub, a male, would go out on the lip with his mom at the falls. He would get up right near the edge to try and steal some fish from 402 when she would catch one, while his sibling remained by the fish ladder. He was successful several times. I thought of him as “Braveheart” because he was such a brave little thing. He just about gave me a heart attack whenever he went out there, and one time he did fall over the edge. Luckily, Otis was in the jacuzzi at the time and not 856 or 747. His mom immediately came down to make sure he was okay.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76d19bd4e4a7aacfb544355a4887b14f12dfd4d37c6d0fbd2a855d4c50df73fd.jpg

    • Naomi Boak

      Gorgeous.

      • GreenRiver

        Thank you. :)

    • Chippie

      I know, I was always panicking when he would do that too!

      • GreenRiver

        I was practically yelling! LOL!

    • Iznik8

      Great shot!

  • GreenRiver

    I just posted about 402 and Cubs. Since you said “a snapshot or two”, I thought I would also include a pic of 402 and Cubs the first time I saw them in 2016. They were on the Spit road. It was a beautiful morning and the sun was just burning off the fog. They were among the first cubs I had seen on the bear cams.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c22499a0a20844065c20f5e1a64fb604595c8e7778612fb0fc293cb36e2c3826.jpg

  • mosaic_world

    I’m not sure if I have a photo but last season I was really amused with how 747 would just sit and watch over 410. sometimes he spent so much time staring at her (while she was fishing) that I was worried he might become anorexic.

    I can’t find super great images of 747 with 410 but these are a couple embellished ones from last season.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e04733cde9a1c9c36a02c366759a76ed3e46d81faaddd6d9ceb45da539bbbc0.png

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8344b8e3283e678652bfe33349020266abe8ca0cee8fe37278749011c8e1fd0.png

    • abcayemich

      It was funny to watch.

    • Leslie Zane

      One of my favs too. The year before it was 856 following her around but I think 747 swooned over her more. After 20 years of practice 410 is a pro at making the males wait it out.

      • mosaic_world

        not sure about the waiting part but I think her lips have something to do with it <3 (hah)

  • Klash

    This a pic of 289 the female, that 856 relentlessly courted/chased/mated and 89 Backpack mated with, almost every time she showed up at the falls when all she wanted was some salmon. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e15721ceb3fc17e25e46d32bfba6b463c5ba48acb442823efcc6e61a5432698.jpg

    • mosaic_world

      poor lady

    • Marie G

      This looks like 151 Walker, yet another male who really likes 289.

  • Klash

    A few favorite pics of 273 & cub/Velcro. At the falls fishing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2f7cc57390fd74de1845b4b2409294a0f7c98d5865e9614bbd76a8d3738eb20.jpg Swimming, Velcro cleaning the camera

  • Klash

    I’m not sure what bear this was but I was thrilled to catch him/her on the underwater cam. The claws are amazing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aec0483d1a1fb8d8c3da11ea01440b236b4111bcafd7599f1855ecabec05c81c.jpg

    • Larinor

      Great snapshot! This looks like 435 Holly.

      • Leslie Zane

        Yes, with those pearly claws!

    • Iznik8

      I love this one and have not seen anything like it before! Amazing claws too!

    • BearNecessities

      Looks like h/she see’s us :) Great capture!

  • GreenRiver

    Another brown bear moment that was special to me was when 94 appeared on camera near the LR Platform, walked across the road to the boat inlet and sat down on the water’s edge. For some reason, none of us were able to identify her for quite a while. We finally recognized her classic profile when she turned her head, and we realized she was waiting for her cub who was snorkeling for fish. He was a very independent cub. Many times either she was waiting for him or he was waiting for her.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb5fd332ffd9c39b303982537775eb1f4085e514132bf7c741a7937d0de07ad5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ec83bc7ca04147a416eedd2aa81f57b5020a94b319283a63897956b5e6fa413.jpg

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      Wonderful story, we are sharing today!

      • GreenRiver

        Thank you!

        • BearNecessities

          Yaay! Beautiful story GR :)

    • Ratna Narayan

      gorgeous pic

    • Leslie Zane

      I remember that moment and thinking it might be 410 until she turned around. Thanks for posting!

  • Larinor

    A favorite memory of mine happened on 8/6/16 as I watched – or rather, could hardly bear to watch – 128 Grazer’s cubs struggle to swim across the top of the falls while she fished the lip. Suddenly, the dark cub went over the falls, soon followed by the largest cub. Then, when the smallest cub washed over, s/he was able to climb upon the log at the bottom of the falls and, much to my surprise and delight, jumped from the log into the river to join Grazer and siblings by the island. That leap of faith showed the me bravery of that cub and the strong family connection they all have, and it’s one of my favorite bear cam moments.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b49d1c36962c1d0334708899a4df821cc9bd4de5a290101746e5daa80b7fe387.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9dadf52db4e1f12fc005f8396c60fbc0ca6daa39f6ca2e4e9d391b0289fb6b78.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb8296932e5d12076ef52c5a7fdd252c84db309f7ccea607e84b0c723b6dd003.jpg

    • Naomi Boak

      This little one has guts. A head first plunge to catch up with mom & sibs. Love it.

    • Birgitt

      When I was first watching, before joining the chat, I named her Moxie. As others have pointed out, she has the same qualities that 503 has. And she has overcome so much just to be here.

      • Larinor

        I love that name. I does really suit her.

        • Birgitt

          Thanks! I think so too.

    • Leslie Zane

      Lots of heart stopping moments with a very hungry Grazer at the falls and those little cubs. Many hours of wonderful viewing and getting to know that family really well. I just wished that we had seen more of the family in the fall.

      • Larinor

        Yes, they definitely kept our heart rates up… while melting them at the same time. I’m relieved that they’ve all made it back this year.

  • Naomi Boak

    This was from 2 years ago, but I can stare at this picture of 273 and her cub forever. It speaks to me of the bond between mother and child in the vast expanse of a beautiful world. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/073860ed7c4f78ef2fd1964bc7341d232cfd14d4d84cd1b4c4dc712b4ce5678f.jpg

    • Xander-Sage

      Beautiful picture.

      • CatherineB

        This is stunning!

    • Chippie

      Such a beautiful tranquil scene.

    • GreenRiver

      I love this!

      • Naomi Boak

        Hope you’re well. Enjoying your beautiful posts.

    • Ratna Narayan

      this is awesome

      • Naomi Boak

        Makes me love Explore as well.

    • BearNecessities

      This is Love. Awesome pic

      • Naomi Boak

        TY. An awesome moment thanks to Explore and Katmai…and nature.

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      Such a simple story, but we absolutely love! We will be featuring today!

      • Naomi Boak

        Thank you so much, Explore. To me this is the essence of Explore.org, giving us all a connection to the wonders of life. You have some idea of how much the chatters appreciate you, but I will bet there are many millions who feel a whole lot of gratitude for what you do.

        • http://explore.org/ explore.org

          So happy to hear that!

          Your story/picture is up and featured on Facebook and the blog!

    • Leslie Zane

      It looks like they are the only living things in a big world. So touching. Thanks for sharing, Naomi!

      • Naomi Boak

        YW. you see what I see. It’s a spellbinding moment.

  • Naomi Boak

    410, The Queen of Katmai was slowly meandering through the weeds, sniffing out salmon. She is the Queen and she goes at her own pace — which is usually napping. (this snap altered with Prisma app)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99a9baf5d2aaf6e770f2fa602f4fc733e9ff5a26b592838dc69a6afe075ca3ce.jpg

    • BearNecessities

      Yes she is..Cool pic Naomi :)

  • BearBell
    • BearNecessities

      LOL I remember that, too funny. Great photo’s for reference BB

  • Stacey

    It was a Saturday afternoon in July 2013 — my first summer watching cams — and 480 O T I S had just returned to Brooks Falls.

    He was extremely thin when he came back that year (see attached photo, from the Katmai flickr account) — but that day, he’d found a place to fish in the jacuzzi, and he was just raking in the salmon!

    Suddenly, a bigger, more dominant bear came along (it may have been 856) — and that bear displaced Otis from the jacuzzi.

    We were all very worried! Where would Otis go? What would he do? He’d been so successful in the jacuzzi! How would he eat, now that he’d lost his prime fishing spot?

    But 480 O T I S just stood up, walked slowly over to the back wall, and sat down calmly in what I now know is “his office.” And he started catching fish after fish. Just raking them in! Even more successfully than he had been in the jacuzzi!

    That may have been the night that 480 O T I S ate 30 fish, threw up, and then started eating more salmon.

    In my mind, he hasn’t left the office since.

    And that is how legends are born. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad4a78a84f696c747593d47dfe44dad52923861644bc9fb92df1be63382f4d8c.jpg

    • Ratna Narayan

      its a beautiful picture

    • BearNecessities

      I love this story Stacey. I love Otis, Boy he sure is thin here.

      • Stacey

        He was So thin that year. And, of course, one of the fattest bears in the fall. :-)

    • Leslie Zane

      Had no idea about how he found his way to the office. He did not seem to be in the jacuzzi near as much last year as in 2015 when I first started to watch the cams.

      • Stacey

        He is a very versatile fisher bear!

        I think that he’s a little less dominant now that he’s getting older. But he has what it takes to fish in the office — and pretty much everywhere else!

        He is a wonderful bear. :-)

        • Leslie Zane

          He is and I agree. He was sitting on the lip last year but I don’t remember if he caught a fish or not. It was a unique style. :)

  • CatherineB

    This photo was taken 7/12/15. I call it “Boyz in da hood”, because three of my favorite guys are all together, Otis, Chunk and the infamous Lurch, (sans ear).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa83d1abee71b4e2fd1f74d47ad2ae4efa03ae6ab57f3ce1ecf66cfd24e5afd8.jpg

    • Leslie Zane

      Love the caption… big boys in the hood indeed…

  • Martina

    Hi, this is a small part of the “719 follows family 402 story”. On September 13. Ranger Dave and Ranger Anela did a live chat for us. Then 402 appeared with their yearlings and 719 in tow. They fished together at the bridge. 719 had a salmon, one of the yearlings was beside her. Then 402 came and dived for a fish. The face of the two little ones was priceless as she was suddenly gone. It looked so funny that I still remember it well. I also made a small gif of it.

    Here are the pics https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0496a9abfc6c5a714a52521261579d93d4754adef4d799b4ac2702ba33e6aa7a.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd7211fa5231cdd9c5f6941e202dd72c502223f94ad883d2ec748171755e778f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ffac74c87acda6c66a8bbe67a631077ed18810603fd60cd18547a3cca3dd02f.jpg

    [img]http://up.picr.de/29474158ky.gif[/img]

    • Chippie

      That’s a great memory!

    • Birgitt

      “and 719 in tow” I love that! Yup, she had an extra!

  • BearNecessities

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/336051386792396a4c4929eda47532d4b7adc005f7ea016ef27774de67774a6b.png 2016- I captured this pic of Grazer and coys fishing just down from the office. Mom saw a fish and dove in to catch it with a big splash. The coys surprised faces tell all. The smallest coy is behind the back one. I won a mug for this one :)

  • Cruiser

    One of the shots of 128 Grazer that shows the lengths a mother bear will go to protect her cubs. We all are very aware of what “getting grazered” means!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d11ec5585db6f45f795f0df2dc17ef17ed226c45e38923dad3d6403ce4e45fbc.jpg

    • BearNecessities

      Nice one… I did this video last year. A mama not to be reckoned with for sure.

    • Leslie Zane

      Wow, what a capture! Fantastic!

    • Marie G

      Now that’s an action shot!!

  • Stacey

    Yes. He was SO thin that year!

    • Chippie

      Since I only started watching the cams last year about a week or two after they went live I have no reference point on how thin they usually are coming out of hibernation. The Bears that have been seen so far around camp look very healthy to me. Is this usual or did they maybe have a mild winter?

      • Birgitt

        No, they had a really, really good salmon run last year. According to Mike Fitz, there were some really good years in the early part of the millennium and a lot of the older bears and cubs were able to survive. Then around 2007/2008 (I believe) there were poor salmon years and a lot of old timers and young adults just didn’t return. And there were few cubs born. 2015 was a good salmon year, so we got a lot of coys in 2016. 2016 was good, so we have a lot of heavy bears returning and *knock on wood* a lot of cubs returning. And 2017 is supposed to be a good salmon year too.

      • Stacey

        Hi, Chippie — to me, the bears we’ve seen pix of this year look very healthy!

        Yearlings always look thinner (because they’re so leggy) and I think older bears (including 480 O T I S generally lose more fat reserves, too.

        But Otis was thinner in 2013 than he has been the last few years.

        So eager to see him this year!

      • Deborah-TX (2014)

        The last 2 years have seen large and late fish runs so the bears have really done well. I don’t if a mild winter (2015) helped them keep fat or not

  • Larinor

    S/he was who I saw first, and I kept saying, “Oh no, oh no, oh no!” Then I saw the other 2 go over, and couldn’t believe the little one held on longer in the current than they did. They’re all awesome little bears.

    • Birgitt

      Yes, I was watching her struggle in the background. OMG

  • LaniH

    My favorite memory from last year would be 503 fishing in the Jacuzzi. I was new to the bears cams last year and soon learned the story of 503 and his struggle and perseverance to survive. After being abandoned by his mother and then adopted by 435 Holly, here he was newly emancipated and fishing in the Jacuzzi. Who would have thought that small cub whose outlook was so bleak would one day be fishing at the falls. Although he struggled to catch a fish he never gave up and would fish the Jacuzzi every day he could. I hope he comes back to Brooks this year and we can continue to see his story progress. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91e5d51be642a5f0642a8d458fb39c4b421a43fd1b17573a3d4d252d63ba4361.jpg

    • GreenRiver

      This is the greatest pic. He looked so tiny in there!

      • Ratna Narayan

        he was amazing!

    • Ratna Narayan
    • Birgitt

      That is a wonderful sight. And best of all; he fished the J successfully! OMG

    • BearNecessities

      Love him, great story :)

    • Leslie Zane

      He is a very impressive bear! His bio mom 402 dives in the jacuzzi, maybe someday he’ll do that too.

  • Iznik8

    These are my faves… whilst not from the cam, they were from my visit last year. I had just arrived at Brooks Camp and was setting off up to the falls when I turned the corner and a ranger said “there is a bear and cub up ahead… don’t approach them or stop, please cross the bridge immediately”. I approached and sure enough there was 273 and Velcro… right there! My heart was beating fast and I was so excited to see my first two bears. I quickly crossed the float bridge to observe them from the other side of the river. It was an amazing 20 minutes or so whilst Velco nursed and 273 appeared to nap. Some other visitors got a little too close in their eagerness to get a photo (despite have just had the bear training to keep 100 yards from a mama bear with a cub). 273 started clicking her jaw and moved on, keeping a watchful eye on Velcro as they crossed the water and disappeared into the long grasses. It is something I will never forget. I was fortunate to get a few amazing photos, but for most of the time my camera was down as I just enjoyed watching this very special moment.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49363cfc152d65df8394e9343186fe5c3e4c442d99e1451001d66160bb77fe78.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/023ec3164763805c1a079247a60b23468783c1204b4df3af9ca29ae279b3a9d3.jpg
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    • Xander-Sage

      They are beautiful pictures. How could you go wrong with the subjects.

    • Ratna Narayan
    • Ratna Narayan

      so beautiful

    • Birgitt

      What a wonderful story! (And who says they have to be from the cams?!)

    • BearNecessities

      Such an awesome story, I felt like I was there. The pictures are the icing on the cake, just beautiful :)

    • Leslie Zane

      Such a gorgeous pair. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos of them. I hope that I get to see them together when I’m there in September but I’ll settle for seeing them period!

    • Marie G

      Lucky you! These two are such a sweet pair.

  • Ratna Narayan
    • BearNecessities

      Well said Ratna :)

    • Leslie Zane

      Yep, we all know how this is going to go. :))

  • Melissa Freels

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite memory or moment, but I will never forget the day 503 showed up at the Falls and fished alongside 435 Holly. She seemed incredulous! He was so bold, brave and confident. She raised him well! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b737b4d6872243d3b133e60d774a59b8258fa2fef7fa69e3b24756b95c1fb80.jpg

    • Larinor

      I love this. Yes, she sure did! I saw that you’re going to Brooks this year, and I hope you see a lot of these two. I know you’ll have a wonderful time! Never go anywhere without your camera. I learned the hard way and missed a close-up shot of 273 and Velcro grazing outside of the dining hall. By the way, I made a comment on your Song Sparrow photo a while back. All 3 photos are really beautiful.

      • Melissa Freels

        Yes, I am leaving for Brooks next week! It has been a long wait. I appreciate the tip about the camera. I will have one with me at all times. :-) I didn’t see your comment on my Song Sparrow photo, so I will have to go look. There is a greenspace behind my house and once I started taking photos back there, I discovered that we have an amazing variety of birds!

        • Larinor

          I’m so excited for you! I loved it there, and I know you will too. A heads up… Kacko and I would like to have a cam watcher get-together this summer for people in our neck of the woods.

          • Melissa Freels

            That would be great! I would love to meet you.

          • Leslie Zane

            Me too!

        • Leslie Zane

          I can’t believe it’s finally here!!!!! I’m so looking forward to hearing all about it. :))))

          • Melissa Freels

            Hi Leslie! I know! After such a long wait … Now, just 9 days!

          • Leslie Zane

            Be safe. What an amazing adventure youre going to have!

    • Birgitt

      That was great. And she was a little less eager to charge him than she was 719 or 89. 503 already owns the place!

      • Melissa Freels

        You are right! It seemed like she wasn’t quite sure how to handle the situation. I can’t wait to see them both return!

        • Birgitt

          She tolerated him a lot more than 719. As did some other adult bears. I wonder if he doesn’t exude more confidence than other subadults and if 435, 151 and 289 aren’t picking up on that? The three of them are the ones I am most holding my breath for right now.

          • Melissa Freels

            He must! There is definitely something special about him to have overcome so much.

          • Birgitt

            There is a vid of him approaching 289 on the far bank. July I think. She charges him and he runs, but then turns to meet her and they both rear up on their hind legs. Reading bear language, she won the encounter, but he was not much chastened and followed her back to her rock…giving her slightly more room this time. And then in the fall, they were playing together…

          • Melissa Freels

            He’s not one to give up easily, and I think he is also very smart and perceptive and knows when to back off.

          • Birgitt

            Yes, I agree. He has been in the thick of things since the beginning with both mothers. He has lost two sibs and spent days in a tree when he was abandoned. He knows the score. And in spite of all that, he is bold and outgoing. He seems to understand when to push and when to back off. I hope like crazy that you see him when you are in Brooks and can tell us tales!

          • Melissa Freels

            I hope so too!

    • GreenRiver

      I loved that time too. Right after your pic was taken, they touched cheeks by the rock and I took a pic. It was amazing that she did that.

  • Birgitt

    Watching late at night on August 1st as 128 Grazer fished the Office. She wasn’t feeling like sharing that night and was eating her fish on the cut bank. Blackie and Big Brown were big enough to scramble along the bank and get some fish, but Peanut couldn’t get around her sibs to get any fish. After awhile, Peanut got tired of the status quo and went looking for an overland route to the fish. We see her wander off and then clamber up the hill above the Office. Grazer catches another fish and begins to eat it when suddenly she must hear a noise, because she dashes up the falls and disappears up the hill into the vegetation. Leaving her other two cubs alone in the river. With a boar. They quickly follow her, scrambling up the falls (better than many adult bears) and heading up into the vegetation…just as Grazer circles around looking for them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_UnkafIr-w

    • Melissa Freels

      Oh my gosh … How many times did she keep us all glued to our computers until we were certain those cubs were OK, lol? I just adore the Grazer family.

      • Birgitt

        LOL Way.Too.Many!!! They were my intro to the cams. She was so amazing. The rangers kept saying, “Mothers don’t share fish.” And there Grazer was, bringing the fish back to the cubs. And she could fish from pretty much anywhere. And don’t get me started on my bookmark folder entitled, “Grazered”!

        • Leslie Zane

          Yes, she defied mother logic in many ways. She fished on the lip the year before and was very successful so she is comfortable at the falls. They fished the lip at the same time in 2015, then came back with cubs…they got so FAT in 2015!!
          409 doesn’t take as many risks as 128. 409 is like the no-drama mom and well Grazer is definitely not that :)

          • Birgitt

            She did. There are very few sows who fish the falls with coys in July. 402 is the one who comes to mind. And 410 back in her day.
            I agree completely about 409. She brought the Beads to the falls once or twice and then seemed to decide it wasn’t worth the risk. She is the ultimate no-drama mom. (Well except maybe for 435.)
            But I am not sure that Grazer, weighing the risks, felt she had a choice. She was pretty thin and had three cubs, one of whom needed nourishment stat. She knew she could fish anywhere at the falls and she knew she could feed everyone there. With water levels so high, the leftovers weren’t washing up in the riffles, so there was nothing there.
            I really wish we had more idea of 408’s parenting style, whether she brought 128 & sibs to the falls as coys, whether she was aggressive to other bears etc. Of course, 408 was also a first time mom, so she might have been hyper-vigilant as well. (I also wonder if cubs of older sows are calmer than cubs of younger ones. So many questions!!)

    • Stacey

      I remember that night!

      • Birgitt

        Another night when you wondered how they would all possibly make it. lol But they did.

    • BearNecessities

      I remember :)

      • Birgitt

        I know. I was astonished when she took off and left her cubs…

    • Leslie Zane

      Another heart-stopping moment at the falls with Grazer and family. I could barely watch this at the time, but of course I had to see what happened.

      • Birgitt

        I know! And the best part is that everyone just disappeared and didn’t return for about 40 minutes…

  • http://www.carolinebletsis.com/ CarolineB

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75142ce3562e2f4f89f91651317ddac5eb17377abc2b868cf0c759f6878dd495.jpg

    Due to the time difference, last year I was always able to watch the dawn on camera while I ate my lunch. Usually there was a lone bear pottering about in the mist and water, fishing with no interruptions, without a care in the world. I believe it was 503, getting himself some breakfast before facing up to the big boys at the falls! This is my favourite snap that I took, just because of the atmosphere, colours…and the fact it is 503. I tried to make a painting of the scene but it could never match up to the real thing!

    • Melissa Freels

      This is so beautiful!

    • Birgitt

      That is gorgeous. And how marvelous to be able to watch the dawn at BR with 503 pottering about. May he return to us soon!

    • GreenRiver

      Beautiful. I love pics of the bears in the fog.

    • Naomi Boak

      Amazing.

    • SLH

      Bears in the mist was always such a serene image.

    • BearNecessities

      Smart bear…Wonderful memory

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      We love this, going to feature today!

      • http://www.carolinebletsis.com/ CarolineB

        Aw, thank you – that’s brightened up a rather yucky day!

  • BearNecessities

    https://youtu.be/OTpuO18ogPw First let me explain why I am posting a video. I came to the bear cam in 2016 and was instantly hooked and fascinated with watching these awesome Katmai bears. I captured over 300 pictures that I treasured to not only view, but to help me understand who was who. I no longer have those pictures since I lost them in a computer crash. I was devastated until I realized I still had all my videos on youtube. I was very thankful these were saved and I learned my lesson and have since purchased external back up. So with that said this is Lefty on the lip of the falls fishing in July 2016. I had no idea what to expect since I was new to the cam and was amazed at all the salmon jumping. I sat there thinking how is this bear going to get these fish without falling over the falls and how is this even possible to catch them on the edge like that. Lefty answered that for me and caught a good size salmon in mid air. I was definitely impressed with his skills and determination with catching this salmon like a pro.

    • Stacey

      I love this video and this story, BN!

      • BearNecessities

        Wow! Thanks for sharing that Stacey. It gives me even more of a perspective of the challenge these bears have on the lip.

    • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5

      post Otis please. love that guy. sorry to hear about your helo crash. Hope it wasnt to severe. Here is my painting of Otis that I did of him last year. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d9f1abb3e0bca101dd7961e8fe4639cd2ce5ed2e6960cb9814953df89f76b63.jpg

      • BearNecessities

        Doggiemama, just lost my bear pics, but still have memories with my vids. I will be making new memories this year and I am grateful to be a part of it. You have an exceptional talent my friend. This painting you did of Otis is awesome, and so life like. I thought I was looking at a picture until I read your post. This is one of my favorite bears and this just made my day. Thank you so much for sharing it with me :)

        • BearNecessities

          https://youtu.be/bYGRs_n_gE0 7-7-16 I call this one Otis 480 showing how it’s done. I was amazed to see this bear running in the water with delight and appeared to be smiling with elation. This memory makes me smile and giggle every time I watch it :) This is how I fell in love with Otis the brown bear :)

          • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5

            Was that Otis running? OMG…thats fantastic. I love it. such a happy boy.

          • BearNecessities

            Yes Otis :)

          • Leslie Zane

            The one and only time I’ve seen Otis run. I hardly ever see him walk. He just seems to appear. :))

          • BearNecessities

            I know right. I felt grateful I was able to catch it. I was new to the site so I did not know it was Otis at first. Thanks to the chatters I was thrilled it was him :)

          • Mojave

            This is true, LOL!

          • Marie G

            Love this moment :) That looks like 775 Lefty who is yelling at Otis.

          • BearNecessities

            Thank you Marie for the heads up on Lefty. I love it too!

        • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5

          Thank you BearNec. I love painting the animals. Now if i could just learn how to use a camera.LOL i want to but i guess i need a class. LOL I was watching your video with the bears of last summer. i am in the middle of it as it is 29 minutes long..but wow..its awesome. brings back all those feelings and memories. I gotta relearn the bears again..

          • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5

            and how did you get so close to Otis on the other side of the river while he sat in his office? wow…

          • BearNecessities

            Yes I do too, glad it’s giving you good memories :)

          • BearNecessities

            You don’t need a class just Practice Practice Practice. I posted some of my amateur photography on the bear site :)

      • Ratna Narayan

        I LOVE this painting

        • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5

          Thank you

      • Kay Reive

        What a beautiful piece of art, simply loving your work….My favourite bear and you have captured him so wonderfully

      • Mojave

        This is absolutely beautiful!

    • Leslie Zane

      I have some of your photos BN that I saved. Do you want me to send them to you?

      • BearNecessities

        Really? ((Tears of joy))) That would be awesome Leslie :) Can you send them to cherburn123@gmail.com You just made my day, big smile over here.

        • Leslie Zane

          Yes, absolutely! It might take me until the weekend when I get the time.

          • BearNecessities

            No problem Leslie, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness it means alot :)

    • Marie G

      You would enjoy the 2015 videos of 775 Lefty not knowing how to fish the lip. He stole a lot of fish from other bears until he finally figured it out. :)

  • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5
    • BearNecessities

      Nice, now I see where the painting began :)

      • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5

        yep

    • Leslie Zane

      He is so darned cute!

    • Mojave

      Always has a far away look, pondering. What is he thinking about? Love him!

  • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5
  • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5
  • http://www.debbiespaintedpets.com/ Doggiemama5
    • SLH

      Holly could be a ambassador for a Victoria Secret campaign. She’s just embodies the sexiest bear of bear body confidence. :-0)

    • BearNecessities

      She wears it well :)

    • Leslie Zane

      This still cracks me up (LOL)!

  • BearCamAddict

    I loved everything about the Fat Bear Contest. It was the perfect culmination of the season with everyone playing with the photos and making campaign posters and videos. A celebrate of all things Bear Cam. Loved it! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1d509c085f86adff4c5d714ad8edc0c63897822c6210d7ac868cf5a306644fe.png

  • Sara

    Watching peanut struggle was hard to watch. She is the toughest little fighter and I was so proud of her when she made that leap off that log! She knew where she needed to be and no raging river was going to stop her!

  • SLH

    In 2016 the continued antics of #273 & Velcro was always such a joyful time. The bond they shared and showed reaffirmed why I became addicted to the cams in 2014. On 7-28-16 these 2 committed a bear jam once again. Watching them fiddle with the cable was just another one of their antics they showed along side the hours of play wrestling and many other things these 2 would get into. :-0) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/844675ff8a53241793a5055cc05404235d6d0e2d192f48174236cdeaf40387ce.jpg

    • BearNecessities

      I remember..I believe I made a vid of this one. Great memory :)

    • Birgitt

      Committed a bear jam! LOL

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      We love this and are going to share today!

      • SLH

        Thank you!

  • https://www.pinterest.com/donnab10/ DTB

    A picture tells a thousand words. 108 pictures tell… uh…you do the math, I’m too tired.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/107052014@N04/albums/72157673644297082

    • Leslie Zane

      That is some awesome evidence. I totally lost it the day this happened. I thought we’d seen it all but nothing like this high jinx. :)

  • Baby peas

    Here’s a favorite bear story from last season: 7-15-16. On this morning 273 decided it was time to teach her yearling how to fish the falls like the big boys. The water was coming at him so fast and so cold that our brave little bear had a moment of insecurity. He held onto mom like he did the first time we met this duo, on a July evening in 2015, when he got his unofficial nickname “Velcro”.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5236b08fc8125157211c3895742b0088229ef7ab96857ef6a5d10c1ab5be5bc4.jpg

    • BearNecessities

      Awww sweetness

    • posting real

      lol, baby peas, I have this same snapshot of Velcro in his “signature pose.” I cannot wait to see him

      • Baby peas

        Me too! I was so nervous watching him that day!

    • Leslie Zane

      Do you know which cam viewer dubbed him “Velcro”? Perfect name.

      • Baby peas

        I’m not sure who called him that first

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      We love this story and are going to feature today!

      • Baby peas

        Oh thank you so much. I love you all at explore.org!

        • http://explore.org/ explore.org

          And we love YOU!

  • Larinor

    Another favorite memory is the sweet scene in 2015 of Bear 402 nursing her quadruplets. She had a look of complete contentment and peace on her face at that moment, which contrasted sharply with her frantic fishing at the Falls only minutes before. I was relieved that she was able to lie back and relax for a moment, and I think she was too.
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    • BearNecessities

      Endearing picture & memory

    • TinyJulz <

      AWWWW how precious!

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      We love this, going to feature today!

      • Larinor

        Thank you! I’m excited and honored! And, thank you for bringing moments like this into our homes. Explore.org is the best!

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  • krayonz

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d7b55d4539fc5d51d1eb18c20019be5f09d26a9bc35b87bcd5191fa8f7270ca.jpg

    This picture is dated 10-12-15. It’s not very good. I didn’t have a clue which bear it was. (Although, now, I have a ‘learned’ guess) I had no clue there were CamOps. There were chatters, but I had no clue to the extent of the family below. I knew nothing of explore.org.
    I had often wondered about the camera icon in the upper right corner, but having never been a ‘good-picture-taker’ I avoided it.
    This bear climbed onto that rock. I clicked that button. I burst into tears, happy joyous elated tears. I, ME, KIM had just taken a picture of a brown bear in Alaska. My life changed. There were now horizons I had never even imagined! There was learning I never thought to know anything about! There were glorious, magnificent beasts of the north and miraculously they were within my reach!

    • Stacey

      Aw, Kray — this story made me cry.

      And also: Hello, 89 Backpack, you beautiful, beautiful bear!

      • Birgitt

        You mean I guessed right? About Backpack…the bear I can never ID? There are indeed new horizons out there…

        • Stacey

          That is indeed my beloved 89 Backpack, the best of all wonderful bears!

          :-)

    • posting real

      Yeah Kray- I love this story. So sweet, it took me two weeks to learn about the camera/snapshots. lol. 89 is the most beautiful bear at Katmai and he has an amazing story of survival and resiliency due to his broken leg when he was a yearling. Another example of 435 Holly’s determination for her cubs’ survival.

    • Ratna Narayan

      what a beauty

    • Birgitt

      You’re making me tear up here Kray.

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      Beautiful story! We are going to feature today!

      • krayonz

        Thank You Courtney, It’s such an honour! Even though it’s not really a ‘bear story’ more a ‘me story.’

    • BearNecessities

      Love it!! Congrats!

  • Wendy

    Waiting….waiting for that amazing food that I have dreamed of all winter.
    Hoping….hoping that I am big enough to compete with the other big bears
    Wondering….wondering if I am too soon or to late

    …Backpack https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ffc034d4fe0ea69c32a27588378da3d44f4ea9da91da98cea328bfa448e2251.jpg

  • Leslie Zane

    This unlikely pair spent a great deal of time together in the far pool. 151 Walker sloshed and pounced, trying his best to work the far pool. Eventually though, he would go too far and invade 480 Otis’s space. Otis lost his zen a couple times, mightily! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/76d21709f396d9a3251ed105f630f21b5053a82c037b73fdfeab989c4df707f2.png

    • Melissa Freels

      I am looking forward to seeing those two together at the Falls again soon!

    • Ratna Narayan

      love this pic

    • TinyJulz <

      Walker looking at all of bear viewers as to ask us “Do I dare bother Otis the bear to give me a chance to sit in the office?”

  • Ratna Narayan

    MAMA! dont send me away!!!!!!!!!!! I DONT WANT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT TO STAY WITH YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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  • GreenRiver

    These photos are from a series of about six that I snapped one foggy rainy day on the bear cams that quickly became some of my favorites. The camop deserves an award in my opinion for his/her job that day. 94 Jr, the independent little wandering cub was sitting on one end of the Spit all alone with just the seagulls for company. He inspected the birds and then eventually got up and walked to the very end and gazed out onto the foggy lake, as though wondering what was out there. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9163147103a6f5cf69dac944536d1c8faee93327387f077fc9971312f3543260.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0bc70a31fcf334e0b1255c79eb2400583a9e9732e97593fdc37f92e5f5b416bc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42f51a2f7ac1c781e91e0eae5c269886bd0ac2dbc4ebe701c14b1709cfca4800.jpg

    • Melissa Freels

      I love that little guy! Beautiful pics!

      • GreenRiver

        Thanks. I already posted some memories, but I just had to post these.

  • Sara

    lol I was doing the same.. I was laying in bed and it was like 11 pm with my husband sleeping next to me so I was trying not wake him!

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  • BearNurse

    This is Velcro on a late afternoon! I love the way the branch over his head is a
    Natural archway to Katmai! Picture is enhanced with Prisma! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6c214b80cb0058e361c7572f1ad08220d5e430df23bb9144af2f7249a341bf4.jpg

    • GreenRiver

      Beautiful!

      • BearNurse

        TYGreen! I’m hoping you win the Cam return! Good luck!

    • TinyJulz <

      that was a wonderful moment

      • BearNurse

        Thank you Tiny!

  • scurry30

    I often have wondered if animals have feelings like humans. Do they love? Do they hate or hold grudges? Do they find three cubs going over a waterfall funny? Is a mother bear terrified at the same three cubs going over that same waterfall? Almost two years ago I feel that I found the answer to my question. I’m a recovering addict who has fought a mostly losing battle with depression for as long as I can remember. One thing you need to understand is how much these bears have meant to me over the past three years. They have given me more relief from depression than any pill ever has. I wasn’t in a particularly happy place in my life when I saw a beautiful precious cub staggering down a dirt road, trying desperately to stay on four feet. This little guy is a fighter and I was right there with it, wanting so desperately to fight for it. The resiliency of these animals is infinite. My little trooper made it a little farther but finally had to lay down to rest. My little trooper never got back up. That’s when something soul tingling started to happen. Trooper couldn’t get back up but was not left alone. Mom and sibling laid right beside it. She would leave to go fish but she kept returning time after time. I couldn’t leave my new-found hero alone. I wanted to be there watching every second, just in case it got back up. As most of you know, that never happened. My little trooper couldn’t fight anymore. I was heartbroken. Not just for the loss of a cub but for the mother and the sibling. I watched as several bears walked past trooper and paused. Almost as if they were paying their respects. I’m not naive to animal behavior. I know most people will say I’m dead wrong about animals having feelings but until it’s proven to me that they don’t, I choose to believe. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e963b7c00d646a69d4bfab454cbfa07ff8202400d6ee9e2e3f617de0672bdd9e.jpg scurry

    • BearNurse

      I saw the cub stumble and lay on the gravel road. My ❤️ Ached for the
      Little one! But from what I had witnessed I was dubious to a positive
      Outcome. That very night one of the rangers came on chat & I asked her
      About the possibility of an autopsy on the animal. She spoke of a necropsy being possible if the cub succumbed! I prayed I was wrong! I
      Wanted this cub to rally but it wasn’t to be. The fact that 3 individuals
      arrived by water to take “Angel” for necropsy left me in awe! But the grief
      From 451 was palpable. I haven’t forgotten her. She was one of my
      Choices to come back this season with Cubs! That would be so sweet!

      A note to Scurry: Thank you for being open & honest about your struggle.
      Just know you have Bear friends and human friends here that care!

      • Ratna Narayan

        its still hard to talk about

        • BearNurse

          I know! I took the time to go thru all my photos & delete the ones not worthy of saving.
          I came across the pictures of 451 and the Cubs! I still cry when I see Angel and even worse
          The look on 451’s face after the cub passes. So sad.

    • Birgitt

      Scurry, your story made me cry. And they have feelings. Maybe not exactly like our feelings, but they do.
      And I too have found solace during a difficult year watching the bears. Last summer, stressed to the max, I would put away my work at 10pm and watch the bears for hours. It was the only thing that calmed me enough to sleep. May you continue to find relief in them. Depression is hard.

      • Ratna Narayan

        its true. Depression is bloody hard! :(

    • Ratna Narayan

      ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that happened just a few days after I started watching. I will never ever forget that. As for what you said: I know most people will say I’m dead wrong about animals having feelings but until it’s proven to me that they don’t, I choose to believe. I dont think you will find too many people on this site who will say anything like that and if you do find the errant dissenter … I would hmmm maybe I should not put it in writing as to what I would do :) hugz Scurry https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30af8247ea56fc277f4dbd6097c0a7a40abecf9e3ba98ad261ff8fb71fe19272.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d40db389f9dbdf4f54221a85b4a9514dbd1f349ac902b4dbde0e67e176f4a29b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f27e33dfc23cb6e9d27861831b1ae8ca214b0ff3dd9547d4beced88e4e6614e5.jpg

    • SnowBear

      Scurry, thank you for such a great story. I am so glad that these bears have been so therapeutic to you in your fight against depression! That was the first full year I watched also. This incident changed my perception of mother bears. I learned how loving, loyal and yes—emotional they can be. It was written on 451’s face and etched into the questions on the face of her remaining healthy cub. I was smitten with this family. A mother bear who was somewhat handicapped with the limp she has, who had spent the summer keeping her three babies safe and eating well. By October, she had already lost one, maybe to the same disease that took the second. Yes, she was in awful heartache, no question, even her walk down the road with her last cub on the last day we saw them, showed her sadness. I am convinced her grief was just as real and overwhelming to her as human grief is to us. Then to possibly have seen her last season with no cubs left (it was never confirmed), just broke my heart even further. Her resilience was a forever lesson to me. Never give up, just keep on putting one foot in front of the other. I still burst into tears each time I see a picture of that scene. Blessings and prayers for your healing…..

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  • BearNurse

    Very nice! A Cub Caboose!

  • calliopejane

    Back in 2014, on my first trip to Katmai National Park, we did a float down to Big Creek and King Salmon. Along the way we saw a yearling and her injured mother who had a snare cutting into her neck. Right after I got home I saw a post on Explore that the injured bear was Divot and that she and her cub had returned to Brooks. A complicated plan was put in place to dart Divot and remove the snare from her neck. To see her return not only healthy but with three chubby cubs warms my heart.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f69be25f18454905c5055b6379ceb8f3604fe46a7f5463da5116aa5d7f291af9.jpg

    • BearNurse

      Hi CJ!

      • calliopejane

        Hi, how are you?

        • BearNurse

          I’m just fine! Do you still have Calliopejane? The chat has been a lot of fun! I enjoy
          Each year more & more! Glad to have the pro’s on the bus again!

          • calliopejane

            CalliopeJane the heathen dog is still running amok making our lives interesting. Can’t wait for the salmon run to hit. One of my guide friends said they should start running through the Naknek River this week.

          • BearNurse

            Outstanding! Really looking forward to it! Thanks for the inside tip!

    • Explore Blog

      So sweet, we are featuring today!

      • calliopejane

        Thank you! I am honored.

  • BearCamAddict

    My favorite moment, one that has been viewed over and over during the off season, is when Grazer’s cubs went over the falls. But, in particular, I love the moment captured in this screen shot. This moment was not seen in many of the videos that went viral because the camera moved from the falls to Grazer and the 2 cubs downstream. The littlest cub was the last to float downstream and another camera angle picked up the action. As this tiny cub was swept downstream “Peanut,” as we bearistas call this little cub, stopped on a rock looking downstream at Grazer. As Grazer and cubs nervously watched, Peanut leaped into the water. Every time I watch that little cub leap so bravely into the water toward mom i cheer for that little cub’s survival. All last year I fretted over the littlest cub. I would post nervously, “How would this cub possibly survive the season, let alone winter.” The veterans of the cams would tell me, “bears come in all sizes and this little cub is smart and wise and you will be surprised.” I was so thrilled to see the photos of Peanut’s return with Grazer and the other cubbies. I can hardly wait for the antics that will play out this season with fearless Grazer and her adventurous cubs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a55387bb0766ca1b536fd025d76299c71a0748b24043a93b8e745887d1f6b1ab.png

    • SnowBear

      That is one of my favorites too BearCamAddict. Such heart and determination to leap into the swirling current right there to get to Mom! And then the biggest cub looked like he chastised Peanut when he got there….so funny. I cried when I heard Peanut survived and came back.

    • Sheryl Smith

      That was my favorite moment last year also! So happy to know they all three made it through the winter!

    • http://www.teatrremus.pl/ Kasia

      yay! the “micro-Lefty jump”! :-)

    • SL

      I loved that moment also

  • Kay Reive

    I admit I don’t have a great story to go with my picture but with it I can only give you the feeling of the moment…It was mother and baby on their own relaxing together at the end of the day. The colour of blue was beautiful and the moment captured the peace and tranquility of Katmai…It makes me feel that the baby is safe and the mother is enjoying her time with it…I also cannot tell you who these 2 were but I’m sure many others will recognize them… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f7a0b3d21b0cb96f65abe3e6b12056e05728a930925658f7928cb88aea5828f.jpg

    • GreenRiver

      That is 94 and son. I love this pic. I have one like it too.

    • Marie G

      I can feel the calm of this moment.

    • Ratna Narayan

      beautiful

    • Explore Blog

      We love this, we are going to feature this week!

      • Kay Reive

        I am so thrilled, thank you so very much…It was a beautiful moment with the bears :)

  • labman

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1b63cacb6f293e9746d58a28838748e93e52d4e6b1eafcecbe00d178d5186325.jpg

    One of my favorites from 2013. Beadnose and her cubs sharing a quiet breakfast. Just a neat scene.

    • BearCamAddict

      Beautiful!

      • labman

        Thanks. I thought so too. I got lucky and just happened to be on the site at the right time to get the picture. Timing is everything…and a quick finger on the “Print Screen” key!

  • BearNecessities

    Love it!

  • merry_mermaid

    Ethereal: “Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.” Very this.

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    • BearNurse

      Lovely!

    • TinyJulz <

      magical moment

    • http://www.teatrremus.pl/ Kasia

      amazing, Mermaid

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  • Jeanette Koenig

    My favorite moment was back in 2012, when we saw Lurch tending a cache for several days. The story had begun a few days earlier, when Patches (I think) had been observed on the cache. The cams went dark for the night, and the next morning, Patches was gone, Lurch was in his place, and the cache looked somewhat larger. Bear biologists confirmed that the remains of a bear were in the cache. All of us viewers concluded that Patches was the bear in the cache, courtesy of Lurch. This speculation was encouraged by Lurch’s less than peaceful record–he had been known to kill cubs and, I believe, had killed a sub-adult just a week or so before.
    Several days later, Patches was observed live and well elsewhere, so it was clear that he’d only been run off by Lurch. I don’t think the identity of the bear in the cache was ever known, nor that of whoever put it there.
    The non-scientific, over-imaginative part of me wanted to write a CSI Katmai story about how Patches, in retaliation for being ousted from the cache, faked his own death and tried to frame Lurch for it. The more rational part of me was just thrilled to see an actual cache, which I’d read about but never seen.
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    • Marie G

      It’s hilarious to think of a bear faking his death to frame Lurch. I’ve heard about the cache but didn’t know there were such clear pics from the cam view.

    • Ratna Narayan

      oh wow

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      We love this and are going to feature this week!

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  • Ron Fisher

    Hope this counts even though its about a Montana Grizzly Bear. Back in 1950 my dad, mom & older sister took 5 days to drive to Glacier Park from the mid West…and lucky for my dad & me…he had bought a military surplus tent with “no floor”. My dad & me sleeping in the floorless tent. My dad almost made a fatal mistake as there was chocolate bars & bacon in the tent.
    Long after dark….a woof and scratching at the tent flap and a BIG BEAR HEAD…was inside the flap. Took all of 2 seconds to realize it was wrong to stay in the tent…we dove under the back of the tent into the old woody station wagon and spent the night…all 4 of us inside. I can all these years still see the BIG BEAR HEAD….and think how lucky we were. Had the tent been a modern one with a floor….would have not worked out well for us.

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  • hugabeagle

    One of my favorite moments from last season was this napping bear on the bank of the Brooks River. With food so plentiful at this time of year for this satisfied napper, the moment spawned this inspiration in me sung to the familiar tune of “Summer Time”.

    Salmon time…
    and the livin’ is eeeasy.
    Fish are jumpin’,
    But I’ve forgotten why….

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    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      We love this, we are going to share this next week!

      • hugabeagle

        I only just found this comment today, so my surprise and pleasure was total Wednesday morning when I saw that you shared this in the Blog Post. Thank you so very much for this honor! I have enjoyed all the Bear Stories posted with all of the wonderful and poignant memories worded so beautifully. Explore, you are all appreciated more than words can say. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      • hugabeagle

        Hope you got my thank-you reply.

        • http://explore.org/ explore.org

          Yes, thank you so much for your thank you :)

    • Ratna Narayan

      hahahahhahahaha what an awesome shot!

    • JeanneB

      LOL, this is outstanding…

  • Marie G

    Late in the evening on 7/14/15 an unknown sow and her tiny spring cub showed up on the far side of the river at Brooks Falls. There were several large males nearby. After a few minutes they tried to leave but couldn’t climb the steep bank. It seemed they were trapped and I was concerned for the cub. I’d only been watching the bears for a week and I didn’t know what to expect.

    After awhile the mother bear and her cub got away. I had no idea that it was only the beginning of the adventures of 273 and her beloved cub “Velcro.” They stole my heart, right from the beginning.
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    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      This is a wonderful story, we are going to feature today!

      • Marie G

        cool! Thanks to everyone at Explore for the BEST site on the internet :)))

  • Wes Knight

    The Precious Little Cub That Died, By Wes Knight

    Many people watching, many of whom have cried,

    As this precious little bear cub lay, with mother by his side.

    This terrible thing has overcome, this special little Gem,

    All I can do in my heart, is say a prayer for him.

    The power of a Miracle can happen day or night,

    As in this case Lord, Please show us your Might.

    If you need this cub in Heaven I know Your will be done,

    We all will miss him but understand, your taking of this little one.

  • Ratna Narayan

    This is my story. I am Grazers cub, not Peanut. I am Walnut. Today was a very exciting day for me. I caught my first salmon in the Riffles. My mom Grazer caught a salmon and was eating it on a rock in the Riffles all by herself! I was so hungry, I forgot my fear and stepped bravely on the rocks to go to her hoping she would give me some salmon. Then it happened! I saw a salmon glisten in the water. My mind was racing. what if I caught a salmon? I am little, could I do it? quick as a flash I bent my head and bit into the salmon. It thrashed around a little, it was as big as me. I was worried it would push me off the rock I was standing on! I held on with all my might and slowly made my way back to the bank. It was fighting me , but I didnt let it go. I was going to eat it all by myself, and maybe share some with Peanut and Coconut ( his name is Butternut , but I call him Coconut hehehe). My mom Grazer didnt see me catching the fish. A kind lady who watches us on the bear cams took these pictures of me catching my first salmon. I am so excited and happy. Please show them to my mom Grazer so she knows that one day I will grow to be as strong as her.
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    • JeanneB

      Oh this is so sweet. What a Precious story.. I love it.

      • Ratna Narayan

        Thanks :0)

    • http://explore.org/ explore.org

      This is lovely, we are going to share this week!

      • Ratna Narayan

        yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy I am working on another one :)

    • Nan Kan, CP (2012) TX

      That’s a really nice story to go along with your great screen captures. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Ratna Narayan

    I dont have a name , my number is 503 and this is my story. That’s me bobbing up and down in the J! you can hardly see any of me in there, it is so deep and so many bubbles and so many fish too. it is one of my favorite places to be at because I always catch a fish there, but also cause its a place where I can watch her as she fishes the lip above me. I try to keep still and make myself little so I can keep watching her. She is one of the most beautiful and powerful and famous bears I have seen. Her number is 402. She is my biological mom! People come from all over the world and pay a lot of money to see her stand at the lip and catch salmon as only she can do. I get to watch it for free from the J below :). I watch her carefully as she stands balanced with almost half of her body leaning into the falls. No other lip fishing bear does that , and she isnt scared of 747 or Popeye or Otis or 856 fishing below. She watches the salmon intently aware of their every move, occasionally she looks at me below her in the J and I believe she smiles. When she leans so far into the falls, my heart almost stops when I think she is going to hug me, but she is just reaching for a salmon. I like to think in my mind it is me she is reaching out to hug and I smile. I am sad I didnt get to spend long time with my biological mother 402, but I am more fortunate than many other bears are, 435 Holly adopted me. I have 2 moms, 402 and 435! Very few bears can make a claim like that! I have grown to be a funny lanky sub adult. I want to be able to fish the lip like my mom 402 does. It is scary though. The water flows so fast, last year the pesky Grazer cubs were swept over! Big bully bears like 747 and 856 often prefer to fish in the J and dont let anyone else there. The salmon are also so mesmerizing as the jump, and they are so many of them, which one do I look at? One salmon jumped right up to me and kissed my nose! I was so shocked! Then my tummy rumbles and reminds me to get on with the job! this time I concentrated and yayyyyyyy Glory be I CAUGHT A SALMON! ON THE LIP! The nice lady took a pic of me and my salmon. Please show it to both my moms, I want them to be proud of me!

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    We love this and are going to share this week!

    • TinyJulz <

      Awesome…tyvm!

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