Katmai National Park's Fat Bear Cams are Back!
In the fall, we enjoy Fat Bear Week, a tournament featuring the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve, to crown the fattest bear. It's a good thing, as the weight they put on during the summer will keep them alive during winter hibernation. The Alaskan park has turned the cameras on as of today, so you can see where the bears begin on their weight-gain journey. As they slowly emerge from hibernation, they are at their skinniest. Soon, the salmon will run and it's party time for hungry bears and their cubs. Some of these bears will put on hundreds of pounds before Fat Bear Week. And many of them have gained internet fame for their eating abilities. Viewers have already spotted Grazer, also known as bear 128, with her two cubs. You can watch the bear cams any time at Explore. They are often trained on Brooks Falls, where the salmon will soon appear. (Image credit: National Park Service)#bear #fatbear #KatmaiNationalPark #webcam
Grizzly 399: the World's Most Famous Bear
(Image credit: Team 399)Grizzly 399 is a mother bear who lives in the Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest. She has fans far and wide who admire and respect her for her intelligence and endurance. Grizzly 399 is famous for three reasons: her longevity, her proximity to humans, and her mothering skills. Born in 1996, 399 is now 26 years old, but still going strong. While most grizzly bears produce two cubs at a time, 399 usually has triplets. But in 2020, she gave birth to four cubs at once! One of 399's survival tactics is to bring her cubs to hang out near highways. This may seen counterintuitive, but it keeps the cubs away from the more remote adult male grizzlies, which can be way more dangerous to cubs than moving cars. She teaches her cubs to look both ways before crossing the road. During tourist season, the sight of a mama bear and four cubs will stop traffic in its tracks.
Connecticut Pigs Named Hammy and Mary Bravely Fight Off Bear
Two pigs and a bear went snout to snout with each other in a Ring video captured by Rebecca Shaw, the owner of the two pigs.
California Bears Open Man's Car Door Twice in an Attempt to Get to His St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Sandwich
It’s man vs wild caught on camera.This video captured the moment a hungry bear attempted to take a man’s St Patrick’s Day corned beef meal… from inside his car.The bear had apparently learned how to open car doors. Thankfully, the man was able to move swiftly to close the door, saving himself and his sandwich.The California Department of Parks and Recreation warns that bears can open vehicle doors and may cause damage trying to gain entry if they sniff something inside. They can also pry open home doors, windows and dumpsters. The department has shared a few bear-proof tips for homeowners : do not leave trash in the car, wait to put out trash on collection day, do not toss food scraps in the yard. In short: be more hygienic.#bear #sandwich #StPatricksDay #CarDoor
Juan Carrito, a Bandit Bear who Broke Into an Italian Bakery to Eat Cookies, was Finally Captured
In November 2021, a 2-year-old Italian brown bear, named Juan Carrito by the residents of Roccaraso, Abruzzo, broke into a bakery to eat some cookies. Despite being moved to a remote area of Maiella National Park in the same town, the animal was seen again at a nearby ski resort about a week later.This year, the Mariscan bear was ensnared in a baited trap after being spotted lurking around a local train station and was brought to a sanctuary in Chieti province.
Hank the Tank Had Accomplices: Two Other Bears Implicated by DNA in South Lake Tahoe Break-Ins
Remember Hank the Tank? Well, it seems he’s got accomplices.The bear made headlines when he was suspected of breaking and entering two dozens of homes in the Southern Lake Tahoe area. The chatters grew when an idea was raised to euthanize him for safety reasons.Now, thanks to DNA evidence, Hank’s name has been cleared. Based on DNA samples investigated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it appears that two other bears were also responsible for the break-ins. Based on this new finding, officials say that they have nixed the plan to euthanize Hank if captured. Instead, the effort will focus on relocating the habituated bears.Video: BEAR League/FB#HankTheTank #bear #DNA
Hank the Tank: 500-lb Bear Breaks Into Lake Tahoe Homes in Search of Food
Residents of South Lake Tahoe are having trouble with their not-so-friendly neighborhood Hank. Hank isn’t just anyone, he’s a 500-pound bear living in their area. The locals themselves gave him the nickname “Hank the Tank” because of his massive size.For quite some time, Hanks has been breaking into dozens of homes in search of food. The locals are understandably getting worried. Meanwhile, The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been tracking him for six months. Since the area has quite a dense traffic and establishments, they are concerned Hank may put himself and other people in danger. What makes it challenging is Hank has grown so unfazed by people, he only sees people and homes as his sources of food. Now locals are debating whether or not to kill him. But the Bear League opposes the idea, calling it cruel and unnecessary.Image: Bear League/FB#HankTheTank #bear #LakeTahoe
Polar Bears Find a Cozy Home
The children's story Goldilocks opens with a whimsical vision of a bear family living in a cottage and eating at a table just like people. Now we have photographic evidence of what kind of bears they were- they were polar bears!
Two Bear Cubs Break Into, and Get Stuck, in a Car in California
A car owner from Southern California, Jenny Kay, woke up to her car being almost ripped apart. The first thing she thought of was that this was caused by a couple of vandals.However, these are not man-made acts vandalism, but rather bybear cubs!The two cubs were found trapped inside while the mama bear was right outside the car just helplessly watching her cubs. After a while, the witnesses reported to the local police came to rescue.Image Credit: KTLA 5 News
Bear Attacks Reindeer; Reindeer Okay
CBS Los Angeles reports a bear attack in Monrovia. The bear cub assaulted a reindeer while a second, larger bear looked on. Curiously, there were no injuries reported from the fight.
Bear's Head Stuck in Container for a Month
The Florida Fish and Wildlife department got a call about a bear with a plastic container on its head more than a month ago. After two sightings were recorded, no one saw the bear for three weeks. In such cases, it is often assumed that the bear got the obstruction off by itself. But then a home security system recorded the bear wandering through Golden Gates Estates in Collier County.When officials located the bear, a biologist anesthetized the 250-pound female by dart gun. They removed a plastic cylinder that had an opening on both ends -possibly from an automatic feeder device- which enabled the bear to eat and drink while she was carrying it around. The bear was in surprisingly good shape except for a sore ring around her head from the container. She was later released into Picayune Strand State Forest.
Bears Doing Cute Bear Things
(Image source: HavingLastLaugh) A mama bear always looks out for her cubs. In this case, she's teaching them to check both ways before crossing the street. Bears have learned to adapt to the world of humans in many ways. As Yogi Bear learned the value of a pic-a-nic basket, other bears have learned the value of an outdoor grill, a deck with a view, or a backyard pool. Even when it's been covered for the season!
A Canadian Bear Tries to Steal Halloween Pumpkins off Porch
We can't help but be thrilled about celebrating and decorating our homes as Halloween approaches. However, it appears that humans aren't the only ones who are looking forward to Halloween.A surveillance camera caught a local grizzly bear from Canada munching on a pair of pumpkins. The bear decided that it wanted to eat some pumpkins that had been used as decorations outside the house, so it took them out and attempted to flee with another pumpkin. It couldn't grab it with its paws or mouth, unfortunately.As a result, after repeated efforts, it gave up and abandoned the pumpkin.Image by: Ashley Larose#PorchThief #Halloween #Bear #Pumpkin #Canada
What is Fat Bear Week, and How Did It Get Started?
During the summer, bears spend their time eating and putting on weight. Those extra pounds of fat will help sustain them through winter hibernation. Katmai National Park in Alaska has quite a few brown bears, and the rangers keep their eyes on them, like you've seen in the Yogi Bear cartoons. You can, too, with their liveBear Cam. Rangers monitor which bears are more equipped to survive hibernation, but since wild bears cannot be weighed, each bear's weight gain must be judged by their appearance. And that's where you come in. Every fall, the park stages Fat Bear Week, which is a tournament to decide which bear has gained the most weight through the summer. You are invited to select the fattest of two bears in each tournament matchup, on the way to crowning the Fat Bear of the Year. This year, there's a special runoff tournament for bear cubs on September 23 and 24. The winner of that competition will advance to the adult competition, which will be held September 29 through October 5. Bookmark the site so that you can participate when the time comes. Take a look at last year's winner!
The Funniest Animals From the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awardscompetition has just released their 2021 finalists for the world's funniest animals, so how could we not post it on Supa Fluffy?The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition was started 7 years ago back in 2015 by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE. Tom Sullam and Michelle Wood joined in afterwards and the founders grew the online award to a tradition that people all over the world look forward to every year.In addition to photographs, this year's competition also has funny animals caught on video. This one above is from "Hugging best friend after lockdown" by Rahul Lakhmani.More than 7,000 photographs were submitted to the competition and a total of 42 photographs were selected as finalists. The category and overall winners will be announced on October 22, 2021.#FunnyAnimals #ComedyWildlifePhotographyAwardTake a look at our favorite funny animals and finalists 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards below:
Watch This Bear Comically Slip Down a Waterfall Trying to Catch a Fish
Hunting is not an easy task, and especially not for this bear captured on camera by the National Park Service. While giving its all hunting fish, this bear misses and comically slips, falling from the lip of the waterfall all while another bear nonchalantly takes its spot. Just another day at the park.Ooooh. Bearly missed. Hey, at least you gave it your all. You go bear. You know, fishing isn’t always about the fish you catch, it’s more about the memories you make along the journey. Something like that. Or is it “when one bear slides off the falls, another fishing spot opens up?” Seems more appropriate. This has been your daily inspirational moment. Go forth and have a good one.#bear #waterfall #parks #fishing #falling Video: National Park Service
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