Everything you need to know about Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week

Fat Bear Week
Katmai National Park Fat Bear Week 2021
Credit: NPS Photo/C. Spencer

One of the bear-y best times of the year is here.

That’s right, we’re talking about Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week.

Some of the most round and proud brown bears on the planet call the Brooks River in Alaska’s Katmai National Park home. Each year, the Fat Bear Week Tournament celebrates how good they’ve done at putting on the pounds preparing for winter.

The best part is anyone can vote on what bear they think is the fattest of them all.

Here’s how to get in on the action:

From Sept. 29- Oct.5, anyone can vote on which bear they think should be crowned the chunkiest. Fat Bear Week is a single-elimination tournament. For each set of bears that go head-to-head, only the one with the most votes gets to move on until there is a winner. Matchups will open for voting between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT. You can head here when the time comes and cast your vote.

So, are you ready to meet this year’s competitors? You can check out their stats and get to know them a little bit here.

You will also be able to see what bear won on Tuesday, Oct. 5, here.

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