Fat Bear Crowned: 747 Just Took Off Again!

Some cheats tried to get Bear 435 into the next round instead of Bear 747, but a CAPTCHA spam-prevention feature was added and the fraudulent votes were reviewed TO CROWN THIS YEARS “FAT BEAR” ONLINE COMPETION

The annual Fat Bear Week contest, which includes a dozen bears along the Brooks River, was held from Oct. 5 until Tuesday. Bear 747 was declared the winner after receiving 68,105 votes compared to Bear 901’s 56,876 votes.

After discovering nearly devastating vote fraud, Alaska’s Katmai National Park & Preserve has picked its annual Fat Bear Week winner—a bruin so large he’s named after a 747-jet airliner.

747, who is thought to weigh 1,400 pounds, consumed so much salmon that he outweighed 11 other bears, but he still almost came in at second place. Though the online competition to crown him wasn’t without its challenges!

Due to online voter fraud that was discovered during the semi-final rounds, bear “747” almost failed to go to the final. The competition’s organisers acted swiftly after several cheaters attempted to advance Bear 435 rather than Bear 747 to the next round.

“It appears someone has decided to spam the Fat Bear Week poll, but fortunately it is easy for us to tell which votes are fraudulent,” the park said.

Online organisers Explore claimed that during the vote an investigation showed “someone stuffed the ballot box” in what the group called a “Fat Bear Week scandal for the ages.”
“While not unheard of, it is quite common for a bear to come back late in the day like that, and we ended up finding slightly over 9,000 spam votes,” stated Candice Rush of Explore in response to a comment on the voting.

The annual Fat Bear Week, now in its seventh year, went on without a hitch despite the tiny vote scandal, and the true winner was announced on Tuesday.

Few brown bears ever get as enormous as the bear who shares an identity number with a jet aeroplane, according to Explore, which defined 747 as being “typically very fat with a low-hanging belly.” According to Explore, 747, which was tagged in 2004, has “become one of the largest brown bears on Earth.” In 2020, he also triumphed in Fat Bear Week.

Bear 747 named after the Boening 747 Jumbo Jet maintains his 2020 title again, now winning the 2022 online “Fat Bear” competition

Now for almost ten years, the Alaskan park has hosted this competition to promote its bears while they eat in order to get ready for hibernation. Twelve bears were located along the Brooks River for this year’s competition, which was livestreamed by Explore.org and allowed viewers to vote online from October 5 through Tuesday.

These bears normally consume 500 pounds of salmon during the summer before going into hibernation in the winter, when they can lose up to one-third of their overall weight.
This year, Bear 901, an adult female with a ravenous appetite that may have been exacerbated by pregnancy, put up a hard fight. Bear 901 was defeated by 747, who received 68,105 votes to her 56,876.

According to Explore, “female bears like 901 need enough body fat to maintain their life in hibernation as well as the growth of new-born pups. 901’s efforts throughout the course of the summer could be an investment in more than just her own survival,”

After the poll on Tuesday, the park declared that Jumbo 747 had won, giving him his second title as champion for 2022. Otis, also known as Bear 480, was the previous reigning champion but was unable to retain his position.