Otis may not be the biggest bear at Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve but he definitely won the most hearts.
Last Tuesday, Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve declared 480 Otis the winner of this year’s Fat Bear Week.
Fat Bear Week is an online competition that celebrates the bears’ pre-hibernation weight gain from late June to October.
The runner-up was 151 Walker who had 7,000 votes less than Otis. There were a total of 12 bears in contention for the said title.
Otis is 25 years old and is one of the older bears in the park. Visitors and park rangers and employees are ecstatic that Otis was able to gain a lot of weight considering he was thin and was facing some health problems before the hibernation season began. This was because Otis lost 2 canine teeth and is competing with much stronger and younger bears. Despite this, Otis managed to be victorious.
Fat Bear Week, while generating love and attention for the big brown bears at Katmai National Park and Preserve, is also about championing conservation efforts. Bear cams are installed all over the place so online viewers can view the bears in real time.