Fattest Bear Competition Held In Alaska National Park – Winner Crowned

Katmai National Park & Preserve / Facebook

Every winter, bears around the world hibernate, spending months at a time tucked away asleep. To prepare for hibernation, these bears will eat more than usual during the fall to store up body fat to last them throughout the winter hibernation.

The Katamai National Park decided to highlight the success brown bears – who reside in their park – have with preparing for hibernation. They call it “Fat Bear Week” where they have a daily competition between all their bears to find out which one the public thinks is the fattest, and most prepared for hibernation.

Katami Park is known for their annual Fat Bear Week and their awesome “bear cam,” where you can watch their bears at any time of the day!  They also post highlights to their Facebook page, like the one below where upwards of 25 bears were seen hanging out in the river!

How Many Bears

What a year it was at Brooks Falls in Katmai! Look at this scene from July, how many bears do you see? Watch highlights from the summer at explore.org/bears

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Monday, October 15, 2018

On October 1st, the National Park’s official Facebook page posted a reminder to all their followers.

Fat Bear Week starts tomorrow and your favorite bear can’t win without you! Just because a boar is a giant among giants, doesn’t mean that a corpulent sow can’t beat him. Don’t forget about those multitasking moms who feed their cubs AND themselves to grow into fall fatties. After fighting with siblings and fishing to their hearts content, the young tikes have eaten their way into this Olympics of obesity. They can only win with your VOTE.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS Fat Bear Week starts tomorrow and your favorite bear can’t win without you! Just because a boar is a…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Bears were eliminated one by one, until only a single fat bear stood. That bear is one they call 435 Holly.

The Facebook post crowning her the winner says, “She is fat. She is fabulous. She is 435 Holly. And you voted her the 2019 Fat Bear Week Champion. All hail Holly whose healthy heft will help her hibernate until the spring. Long live the Queen of Corpulence!

She is fat. She is fabulous. She is 435 Holly. And you voted her the 2019 Fat Bear Week Champion. All hail Holly whose healthy heft will help her hibernate until the spring. Long live the Queen of Corpulence!

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Take a look at her other competitors who gave her a run for her money!

Welcome to Fat Bear Week Round 1! Today's first match-up features a nervous nelly vs. a cool customer. Known as the head…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

In round two it's all about the ladies. The sexy single sow is pitted up against the 7 time working mom. 854 was busy…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Our 3rd round of Fat Bear Week brings together the congenial 151 Walker against the combative 128 Grazer. A student of…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Round 4 of Fat Bear Week features the competition's Jr. league. They may be young but they have worked to almost double…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Thursday, October 3, 2019

In this morning's matchup, first time contender 775 Lefty carries his success from round 1 into this head to head with 5…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Friday, October 4, 2019

Round 6 brings back mega-mom 402. With many balls in the air, will she be able to throw the butterball of a boar 747 out…

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Friday, October 4, 2019

Congrats to 435 Holly on this accomplishment!