Meet 2020’s Fat Bear Week Champion ‘Bear 747’

 
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After more than 521,400 votes were cast, Bear 747, nicknamed the Earl of Avoirdupois, has been crowned the 2020 champion of the 8th annual “Fat Bear Week”.

Since 2014, the Katmai National Park and Preserve has hosted the annual “Fat Bear Week” bracket-style tournament, an online competition that highlights how intensely the bears eat, gorging themselves with sockeye salmon at the Brooks River to gain weight for winter hibernation.

This year, Bear 747 was voted the heftiest out of 12 contestants, defeating 32 Chunk in the final round. Last year Bear 747 was estimated to weigh more than 1,400 pounds and park officials said he looked just as plump this year.

The idea for the “March-Madness” style tournament was to educate people about brown bears and nature in a fun and entertaining way. To show the bears’ drastic weight gains, the park shows photos of them before and after they began packing on the pounds this summer.

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Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve, which stretches roughly 4.1 million acres, is home to nearly 2,200 brown bears. It is famous for having the densest population of brown bears in the world.