The bears at an Alaska national park are fattening up, and their fans will honor them for it.
Every fall, Katmai National Park and Preserve hosts its annual Fat Bear Week, an online tournament to honor the fattest of the fat bears.
More than 2,200 brown bears call the national park home, and it is “one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world,” the National Park Service said.
“As many bear populations around the world decline, Katmai provides some of the few remaining unaltered habitats for these amazing creatures,” the National Park Service said on its website. “At Katmai, scientists are able to study bears in their natural habitat, visitors are able to enjoy unparalleled viewing opportunities, and the bears are able to continue their life cycle largely undisturbed.”
With that many bears around, it’s easy to see how much bears change from spring to the end