It’s officially Fat Bear Week


KING SALMON, Alaska (WAVY) — Fat Bear Week has finally arrived!

The annual tournament celebrating the pound-gaining success of brown bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska runs from September 30 to October 6.

The bears are at their fattest in early fall because they’re gaining body mass to prepare for hibernation — and you get to decide who is the fattest one!

435 Holly is looking to defend her title from last year, but there are plenty of other husky candidates, including 480 “Otis,” 128 “Grazer” and 32 “Chunk.”

There’s a bracket like March Madness, and you pick who you think is the fattest in a single elimination format. This year’s bracket dropped last Friday and voting started Sept. 30.

To check the bracket and more, click here.

More local bear content from WAVY:

‘Paddington’s cousin’ spotted in Suffolk

Bear watch: Another bear sighting in Virginia Beach, this time in Shore Drive neighborhood

Black bear spotted multiple times in Portsmouth neighborhood

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