ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (WFXR) — Eating, eating and more eating…the bears of Alaska are starting to make their final preparations to hibernate for winter, but before they do the Katmai Conservancy celebrates “Fat Bear Week”.

The Katmai Conservancy and National Park in Alaska hold the annual, single elimination tournament from October 5-11 and you can go vote on your favorite fat bear. At the end of the week one bear will be crowned “Fat Bear Week” Champion. Meet the contestants here.


Fat Bear 128 (Photo courtesy: L.Law and the Katmai Conservancy)

“Adult male bears average 700 – 900 pounds in mid summer. In late summer and fall, the biggest males often weigh more than 1,200 pounds.”

Katmai Conservancy

The conservancy hints this might be the BIGGEST year yet due to a record number of Sockeye Salmon in Bristol Bay over the summer. They say To make an informed vote explore.org offers photos of the bears in early and late summer.


“Fat bears exemplify the richness of the Katmai National Park and Bristol Bay Alaska – a wild region that is home to more brown bears than people and the largest healthiest runs of sockeye salmon left on the planet.”

— Katmai Conservancy

To watch a livestream of bears on the Brooks River on Explore.org click here.