Happy Fat Bear Week! You can weigh in on the fattest bear living in an Alaskan national park

Katmai National Park and Preserve’s “fat” brown bears gorge themselves on sockeye salmon to prepare for hibernation. Photo courtesy of Explore.org

During this Fat Bear Week, ursine enthusiasts worldwide set their sights on Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve for an annual competition to find the fattest bear in the park. Fans can watch live webcams of bears grazing on some sockeye salmon, and browse photos and descriptions of the chunky contenders, all so they can vote for which bear is worthy of the fat bear crown. Being a fat bear means being a healthy bear that’s better suited to survive the long winter. 



  • Mike Fitz - creator of Fat Bear Week; former National Park ranger at Katmai; resident naturalist at Explore.org