Saturday, August 24, 2019

Bear 32 Chunk

Environmental & Science Education
STEM
Behavior
Biodiversity
Edward Hessler

Mike Fitz, Katmai National Park, introduces us to another brown bear of Brooks Falls: Bear 32 Chunk. He is a chunk!

Can a brown bear be dominant, patient, and even playful at the same time? For at least one adult male at Brooks River, the answer is yes. Chunk is a large adult male with narrowly-set eyes and a prominent brow ridge. Even at his leanest, Chunk carries substantial fat reserves, especially on his hind quarters. He tends to shed much of the fur around his shoulders and neck. This gives him a two-toned appearance and exposes numerous scars and wounds.

Bear 32 Chunk video.

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