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How Big are the Fat Bear Week Bears?

By Mike Fitz Fat Bear Week is over for another year, and Holly has claimed the title of the fattest bear of 2019. She is a true champion of Katmai National Park, an individual who exemplifies skill and success in the bear world. In Katmai, fully grown and well fed adult female bears like Holly

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Upcoming Bearcam Live Events

Welcome to the second peak season on the bearcams in Katmai National Park Alaska. Throughout September and early October, Ranger Naomi and explore.org’s resident naturalist Mike Fitz will host many live events exploring the world of bears and salmon. All events listed below, except the Reddit AMA, can be found on the Brooks Live Chat

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A Bearcam Blackout

By Mike Fitz In 1931, President Herbert Hoover used his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to expand Katmai National Monument “for the protection of the brown bear, moose, and other wild animals.” The expansion included much of the land and water included within Katmai National Park today, such as its rugged coastline and the

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Bears and Humans at Brooks River: A Discussion

By Mike Fitz Watching bearcam, it’s easy to think of Brooks River as a place primarily for bears, yet the river and its bears do not exist in a vacuum. They live and survive in the most visited place in Katmai National Park. On Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. EDT), I

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Tomorrow with Mike Fitz: Death in Nature

Many of explore.org’s most popular cameras show unfiltered views of wildlife. As wild beings, animals often demonstrate resiliency in the face of hardship, but they sometimes encounter challenges they cannot overcome. Some of the most powerful and moving live cam moments are associated with death. Join me tomorrow, March 20, at 1 p.m. Pacific (4

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