Previously on Bearcam

June 23, 2015 Posted by: Michael Fitz

 What happened on Bearcam 2014?

435 Holly returned to Brooks River with one spring cub.

Female bear with spring cub

402’s yearling cub get separated from his mother. He climbed a tree next to Brooks Lodge and stays there for 10 hours. Miraculously, mother and cub reunite later that evening.

402's yearling cub in a tree at Brooks Lodge

130 Tundra is found dead at the cut bank.

Profile of brown bear

Two young bears, which closely resemble cubs from 409’s 2012 litter, are spotted near the mouth of Brooks River. One is assigned #500. The other is not seen later in the season.

two small bears walking

410 takes a nap.

bear sleeping in shade next to river

856 retains top spot in the bear hierarchy at Brooks Falls.

bear standing and eating fish

Infrared reveals bears at night.

bears at night at Brooks Falls

854 Divot arrives at Brooks River with two yearling cubs.

bear and yearling cubs on beach

747 eats and eats and eats and eats…

large bear with salmon in its mouth

Bears mate near Brooks Falls.

bears mating on river bank

480 Otis continues to occupy the office.

bear standing in water downstream of waterfall

171 appears with two spring cubs—her first known litter.

female bear walking with two small spring cubs

402 abandons her yearling cub and becomes estrous. She mates with 856 eleven days later. 402’s abandoned yearling runs a gauntlet of bears along Brooks River.

bear on lip of waterfall

The underwater cam catches bears snorkeling.

underwater view of bear swimming in river

Marvelous sunrises are spotted on Lower River cam.

Sunrise over lake

After a two week absence, 854 Divot appears at Brooks River with a wire snare tightly constricting her neck. 

854 Divot with a snare around her neck

Rangers and biologists successfully remove the snare on 854 Divot.

biologists kneeling next to tranquilized bear

435 Holly adopts 402’s abandoned yearling and even nurses it.

bear family sitting on edge of lake

489 Ted does not return. August is a slow month for bears.

bear standing next to waterfall

451 still limped.

bear standing on three legs

132 and 813 frequent the lower Brooks River, each with three spring cubs.

bear family walking on beach

435 Holly’s cubs were playful.

yearling cub (left) stands next to spring cub

#Chunkamania runs wild. 32 Chunk and 89 Backpack engage in frequent bouts of play.

two bears spar

Adult females 402, 409, and 410 grow very, very fat.

fat bear standing in grass

480 Otis is voted the winner of Fat Bear Tuesday.

bear size comparison in July (top) and September (bottom)

89 Backpack utilizes the comfort of granite.

bear sitting on rock

A wolf turns bearcam into wolfcam.

Rangers give one final live chat from the icy tundra of Dumpling Mountain.

Rangers standing on snowy mountain top

What will happen on Bearcam 2015? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Don’t miss a moment. Visit for more information.

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Last updated: June 23, 2015

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