“Week fat bear” once again took place in the Katmai national preserve. Staff engaged in the catching of animals from all over North America. In the reserve they fatten, treat, provide shelter for the winter hibernation.
The competition was established just a few years ago. In 2018, his second victory of the brown bear, Bednarz, room 409, applause! In the final the opposition it was accompanied by a male number 747.
Dipper, Bednarz came to the sanctuary in poor condition. This summer, she weighed only 600 pounds (272 kilograms), that females of her age is too small.
Kalmyckie the bears begin to gain weight in July in preparation for winter hibernation, they tend to go by November. The more weight you bear, the more chances he has to survive the winter, which sometimes lasts six months. On a diet of salmon, the bears are from 600 to 1100 pounds in just 4 months, almost doubling their weight.
Also the female won in 2015, when the contest was first established. She deserved the compliments and increased attention of the public because of his clumsiness.
The staff said that this kind of competition allows to draw public attention to the problems of the reserve, and the ecological system as a whole.
In the wild “work up” the desired weight bear rarely. The reserve manages to maintain a constant diet of salmon and high-calorie food. Such a diet allows the animal to gain sufficient weight before hibernation.
In 2017, won the brown male Otis. But after her two cubs have grown and left, Bednarz, the female quickly surpassed the opponent.
Now dipper feels just fine. She continues to eat and prepare for hibernation.
Bednarz, caused a furor in social networks. A bear called cute and very playful.
In the social network Twitter found many users who decided to help the sanctuary with donations.