Katmai National Park in Alaska hosts a yearly Fat Bear Week. During Fat Bear Week, people vote online for their favorite bear in a bracket-style competition. This year was the fifth annual competition and took place from Oct. 3 through Oct. 9.
This year’s winner is 409 Beadnose.
Beadnose is a mama grizzly bear, having raised four litters of cubs. She was first identified in 1999, according to Katmai National Park. This is the second year she has won.
— Mashable (@mashable) October 5, 2018
Runner-up is Bear 747. According to Mashable, Bear 747 was so fat, his belly was almost dragging on the ground and he could eat 15 salmon in one meal.
At peak season, brown bears can add up to four pounds of weight a day.
Bear 409 looks like she had no trouble with that. (Yes, this is the same bear. We’re screaming.) pic.twitter.com/Wk1gSjDReX
— Katmai National Park (@KatmaiNPS) October 5, 2018
The bears are getting fatter in preparation for winter hibernation. In the fall, they enter hyperphagia, which is when they put on as much fat as they possibly can to last them through their sleep, according to Bear Smart.
You can watch the bears at Katmai on their webcams.
For a closer look at bears, Yellowstone Bear World, home to both black bears and grizzly bears, is a drive-thru park located just south of Rexburg.
Yellowstone Bear World closes October 21.