According tomedia The Verge, the annual Fat Bear Week contest in Katmai National Park in the United States has been voted on: 747 Brown Bear won the championship! The battle for the final title is between the 747th Brown Bear and the 32nd Brown Bear. In the end, the 747 Brown Bear won by more than 47,300 votes, while Chunk received about 21,900 votes.
The annual knockout competition began in 2014 to celebrate how fat and healthy the bears are in the park. Katmai National Park is one of Alaska’s most famous bear-watching areas. Visitors can see bears frolicking in the Brooks River and catching migrating red salmon in the park and on its Bear Cam page. Competition aside, brown bears are tasked with getting enough calories to survive the long winter, when they may happily hibernate in their caves for up to six months.
This year’s winner, the 747 Brown Bear, is one of the biggest bears in the park and is estimated to weigh more than 1,400 pounds after gaining weight last September. This is the first time the park has used a 3D scanner to measure the actual weight of a giant bear. As a bear boss, Chunk easily dominates some of the best fishing spots in Katmai National Park — such as “jacuzzi” under Brooks Falls, which Katmai describes as a “plunge pool” where the bears simply sit down and wait for the fish to approach before grabbing them with their paws. Chunk weighed more than 1,100 pounds last September.