By Danielle Garrand
September 29, 2020 / 7:30 p.m.
/ CBS News
Many beloved events and activities have been canceled this year, but one of them has weathered the pandemic: Fat Bear Week The annual contest, which starts on Wednesday, asks voters to decide which brown bear from Brooks River in Katmai National Park in Alaska was most successful in packing the books before winter
The bears were faced off in a single elimination tournament, with a March Madness-style medium showing their names, numbers and photos, according to a press release from the park The bear with the most votes advances to the next round Each day, online voters decide which bears will advance in pairs until the final vote on October 6 Matches are open to voting from 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. ET every day
The tournament, which was born in 2014, could be a bite Defending 435 champion Holly defends her title against a host of other big contenders, including 480 Otis, a former multiple-time winner
While many never make it to the isolated national park to judge the big creatures for themselves, live bear cameras give fans a glimpse into the lives of the majestic beasts as they prepare for the ‘winter while eating
Here’s how to enter #FatBearWeek: This is a playoff tournament to determine who will be crowned the biggest bear of 2020 on the Brooks River For each bear pairing you will have the opportunity to vote on our new #FatBearWeek website, https: // tco / bcJqAzVU3F picTwittercom / wCQTu4zUmM
« A big bear is a healthy bear, and that’s something to celebrate, » Andrew Lavalle, then a ranger of Katmai National Park, told CBS News in 2018. He explained to the time when brown bears need to eat one year of food in six months to prepare for hibernation
Bears don’t eat or drink during hibernation and lose a third of their body weight, according to Fat Bear Week polling site So their survival during the winter months depends on « the accumulation of reserves sufficient fat before entering the den, ”explains the site
The creatures eat the « richest, easiest to get food » available, which usually means salmon in Katmai National Park According to the site, dozens of bears congregate at Brooks River to eat fish. salmon from late June to mid-October
First publication September 29, 2020 / 7:30 p.m.
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