Bearcam Update

November 12, 2014 Posted by: Michael Fitz

435 Holly's spring cub and adopted yearling play fight near the Lower River Platform at Brooks Camp
If the bearcams are down, give your favorite buddy a hug and tell them it will be okay. NPS/M. Fitz.

As you may know the bearcam feeds have been offline much of the time over the past week. The tech staff at has had difficulty connecting to the bearcam feeds. This is completely separate from a planned transition from Ustream to Youtube. Explore’s staff is working hard to find the source of the problem and correct it. is currently transitioning the bearcam channels from Ustream to Youtube. Since Youtube has higher bandwidth requirements, in the near future less cameras will stream online. Our old nemesis bandwidth has reared its ugly head once again. This winter, available bandwidth may only permit two bearcam feeds to stream. Next year, is planning on correcting this issue and providing a multicam experience from Brooks Camp.

We thank everyone for their patience, but please remember even when we (rangers and’s staff) believe we have adequately planned to keep the cams running and online, something unforeseen gives us hiccups.

For more information about the webcams, please visit Katmai’s webcam page.


9 Comments Comments icon

  1. November 12, 2014 at 06:32

    I still in awe that I get to see "live" from this place no matter if it just for one minute

  2. November 12, 2014 at 05:13

    Peggy, here's the youtube link of the rescue if you haven't seen it. :)

  3. November 12, 2014 at 04:55

    Peggy Divot did great. Both she and her cub got nice and fat fishing around Brook Falls until late October. She has a small neck ring without fur right now so we will have to wait for next year to see if that will stay or disappear. You should be able to see them in one of the videos Explore has been running while the cams are down

  4. November 12, 2014 at 04:53

    @Peggy: I don’t recall the day that 854 Divot and her yearling cub were last seen, but I do remember they looked very fat at the time. It was probably late October when we last saw them.

  5. November 12, 2014 at 04:37

    I don't get on as much as I would like,so I don't know what happened to Divot..could you tell those of us (probably not many) what the story is??? thanks again for the Ranger and cam ops!

  6. November 12, 2014 at 04:18

    Love your photo of the Hollies (my collective name for 435 & cubs). You rangers are the best! Love the info and insight all of you provide.

  7. November 12, 2014 at 03:53

    @Diana: The bears in the photo are 435 Holly's cubs. The adopted yearling is the darker bear on top of the other bear.

  8. November 12, 2014 at 03:50

    Thanks, so much, to Explore for the incredible season at Brooks Camp and the outstanding volunteer camera operators, along with the stellar Rangers who saved Divot, so she could raise her cub so successfully!

  9. November 12, 2014 at 03:45

    Thank you Ranger Mike for the update and all that each of you do. Do you happen to know who the bears are in the pic you used for the blog?

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