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Bare Necessities? Not in Alaska.

There’s a reason Katmai National Park and Preserve has the fattest bears: They live the good life.

Beadnose is estimated to weigh more than 1,000 pounds.
Beadnose is estimated to weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

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Katmai National Park and Preserve’s publicity stunt worked: For one week (that’s Fat Bear Week), the internet delighted in the tournament bracket that would crown the plumpest predator of them all. Carnivore ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant tells us about the brown bear’s diet, the unknown mechanics of hibernation, and why fattest really means fittest for the competition’s chunky winner (Beadnose!).

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