Previously on Bearcam

June 23, 2015 Posted by: Michael Fitz

 What happened on Bearcam 2014?

435 Holly returned to Brooks River with one spring cub.

Female bear with spring cub

402’s yearling cub get separated from his mother. He climbed a tree next to Brooks Lodge and stays there for 10 hours. Miraculously, mother and cub reunite later that evening.

402's yearling cub in a tree at Brooks Lodge

130 Tundra is found dead at the cut bank.

Profile of brown bear

Two young bears, which closely resemble cubs from 409’s 2012 litter, are spotted near the mouth of Brooks River. One is assigned #500. The other is not seen later in the season.

two small bears walking

410 takes a nap.

bear sleeping in shade next to river

856 retains top spot in the bear hierarchy at Brooks Falls.

bear standing and eating fish

Infrared reveals bears at night.

bears at night at Brooks Falls

854 Divot arrives at Brooks River with two yearling cubs.

bear and yearling cubs on beach

747 eats and eats and eats and eats…

large bear with salmon in its mouth

Bears mate near Brooks Falls.

bears mating on river bank

480 Otis continues to occupy the office.

bear standing in water downstream of waterfall

171 appears with two spring cubs—her first known litter.

female bear walking with two small spring cubs

402 abandons her yearling cub and becomes estrous. She mates with 856 eleven days later. 402’s abandoned yearling runs a gauntlet of bears along Brooks River.

bear on lip of waterfall

The underwater cam catches bears snorkeling.

underwater view of bear swimming in river

Marvelous sunrises are spotted on Lower River cam.

Sunrise over lake

After a two week absence, 854 Divot appears at Brooks River with a wire snare tightly constricting her neck. 

854 Divot with a snare around her neck

Rangers and biologists successfully remove the snare on 854 Divot.

biologists kneeling next to tranquilized bear

435 Holly adopts 402’s abandoned yearling and even nurses it.

bear family sitting on edge of lake

489 Ted does not return. August is a slow month for bears.

bear standing next to waterfall

451 still limped.

bear standing on three legs

132 and 813 frequent the lower Brooks River, each with three spring cubs.

bear family walking on beach

435 Holly’s cubs were playful.

yearling cub (left) stands next to spring cub

#Chunkamania runs wild. 32 Chunk and 89 Backpack engage in frequent bouts of play.

two bears spar

Adult females 402, 409, and 410 grow very, very fat.

fat bear standing in grass

480 Otis is voted the winner of Fat Bear Tuesday.

bear size comparison in July (top) and September (bottom)

89 Backpack utilizes the comfort of granite.

bear sitting on rock

A wolf turns bearcam into wolfcam.

Rangers give one final live chat from the icy tundra of Dumpling Mountain.

Rangers standing on snowy mountain top

What will happen on Bearcam 2015? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Don’t miss a moment. Visit for more information.

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9 Comments Comments icon

  1. August 30, 2015 at 11:28

    I worked three summers at Katmai on my doctorate in the mid-1980's, before the Internet. How great to see the Park bringing Katmai to people using the Bear-cam. The photo on the shores of Brooks Lake brought back many wonderful memories of one of the most beautiful places in America. Thanks!

  2. June 29, 2015 at 03:02

    Love these pictures!

  3. June 25, 2015 at 10:10

    @Carolyne: 608 hasn't been seen in many years, and the whereabouts of her cubs from that year are unknown. It's possible that they were successfully weaned and are now adult bears.

  4. June 24, 2015 at 11:16

    I honeymooned at Brooks Lodge in 2010 and while there, 608 lost her cubs and was not happy about it. How are she and the "no longer" cubs doing?

  5. June 24, 2015 at 02:39

    I LOVE this post! Thanks for the memories! I discovered the bearcams last Sept, and watched 'til the relay failed. Otis and Divot & her cub are what hooked me. Loved watching Otis in the office - hours of inactivity then POUNCE! A fish! (Add me to those convinced Otis is Backpack's father Can't you just hear it? "Backpack, I am your father!" a la Darth Vader???) I spent hours one day watching Divot and her girl swimming and fishing in the Lower River. The cub was a fish magnet! She easily caught 3 to every 1 mom caught. There was one moment when it looked like Divot was going to take a fish from her, then thought better of it. That mother-daughter moment kept me watching even when few bears were around. Can't wait to see Otis, and Holly and family, and Backpack., and 410, and 171 and her little cub (who gave me such anxiety in the late autumn). Can't wait to see what the new season brings. Thank you Rangers and the team.

  6. June 24, 2015 at 01:28

    i enjoyed the wonderful bear pictures. I think you have a fun, interesting, yet difficult job. With all the wonders of nature, I cannot understand why so many people are determined to destroy the earth. The impending loss of leopards, elephants and so forth is heart wrenching.

  7. June 24, 2015 at 12:06

    Thank you very much for this ! Great memories from last year ! Otis sure surprised me in the pics ! Also never saw a close up of 410 before . Still breaks my heart about dear sweet Tundra ! Chunkamania remains to be my FAVORITE BEAR !! He will be King Chunk one day :)))

  8. June 24, 2015 at 11:31

    Thank you Ranger Mike! Wonderful memories (except for Tundra) and a memorable season. Can't wait to see what surprises are in store for 2015.

  9. June 24, 2015 at 11:25

    Very nicely done,thank you! It was a wonderful year:0) Looking forward to whatever 2015 brings in the bear world at Brooks.

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