Vote in Katmai National Park’s celebration


Move over shark week, there’s a new animal ready to capture everyone’s attention — it’s Fat Bear Week in America. 

While sharks’ week-long spotlight usually consists of hearing how deadly they are, Fat Bear Week takes the deadly nature of these fascinating beasts out of the picture and shows how hefty these majestic creatures can get.

Put on by the Katmai National Park & Preserve in southwest Alaska, the national park is home to an estimated 2,200 brown bears. The celebration started off as a singular day in 2014, but it wasn’t long until it captivated the rest of the country. 

“Everyone was just amazed by it,” Sara Wolman, project and media manager for Katmai Conservancy, told USA TODAY. “In a world where we’re constantly experiencing things like climate change, that really hit a note with people.”

More bear news: 3 men approached a group of wild brown bears in Alaska. They’re now facing federal charges.

Cute and cuddly, but also deadly:Brown bears are the deadliest wild animal in North America 

Cheryl Spencer, a ranger at the park, said over 650,000 people voted last year, and they are expecting a lot more this time around. 

While the contest can be viewed as fat-shaming these bears, it’s actually a necessity for them to get this large. With winter around the corner, hibernation means these bears won’t be eating for a while.





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