Mama Bear "Grazer" Easily Wins Popular Fat Bear Contest At Alaska Park

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When it comes to packing on the pounds to survive an Alaska winter, this year’s undisputed champ is Grazer.

Grazer, also known as Bear 128 to the fans of Fat Bear Week at Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve, won this year’s contest, handily defeating Chunk 108,321 to 23,134 in the finals.

The annual contest, which this year drew more than 1.3 million votes from dedicated fans watching the bears live at, is way to celebrate the resiliency of the brown bears that live on the preserve on the Alaska Peninsula, which extends from the state’s southwest corner toward the Aleutian Islands."

Mark Thiessen reports for the Associated Press October 12, 2023.

Source: AP, 10/13/2023