The chubby champion of 2022 faced stiff and mostly unfair competition as voting polls were filled with spam votes just a day before.
WASHINGTON — Despite a spate of last-minute voter fraud, Big Bear Week ended with a reigning champion.
Bear 747 flew by its competition early and was named the fattest of them all in the annual week-long Fat Bear Week poll. The poll celebrates brown bears in Katmai National Park gorging on salmon as they load up for the upcoming hibernation season.
Bear 747, which looks similar to its jumbo jet namesake, renewed its second title as Fat Bear on Tuesday night. That adult male brown bear with a distinctive floppy right ear had previously won Fat Bear Week 2020.
The fight for the crowned fat bear took place between bear 747 and bear 901. Participants are tracked by numbers, such as
747 was first identified as a young male bear in 2004. He’s since grown into one of the largest brown bears on earth, perhaps weighing as much as 1,400 pounds. His two titles as Fat Bear only further support this claim.
Viewers of “Bear Camera” watched selected brown bears undergo powerful metamorphoses. The park says male bears can weigh 600 to 900 pounds initially and will weigh well over 1,200 pounds by November.
The chubby champion of 2022 faced stiff competition and almost suffered a shocking loss just a day before voting polls were filled with spam votes.
“While not unusual, it is very unusual for a bear to come back this late in the day,” a spokesman for co-organizer Explore.org said via email. “We ended up finding just over 9,000 spam votes.”
However, the park assured voters that it had reviewed previous matchups and found no cheating. Explore.org also added a captcha to the survey — something the organization said seems to be working so far.
— Val Lick contributed to this report.
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