The chubby champion of 2022 was up against stiff competition, and it was hardly fair, when just a day earlier the polls had been crammed with spam votes.
WASHINGTON – Despite a spate of last-minute voter fraud, Fat Bear Week ended with a reigning champion.
Bear 747 passed its competition early on and was crowned the fattest of them all in the annual Fat Bear Week poll. The poll honors brown bears in Katmai National Park stuffing themselves with salmon as they grow up for their pending hibernation.
The Bear 747, whose appearance resembles the jumbo jet’s name, renewed its second title of Fat Bear on Tuesday night. The adult male brown bear with his signature soft right ear previously won Fat Bear Week 2020.
The fight for the Fat Bear crown is between bear 747 and bear 901. Entrants are tracked using numbers, like “mischievous meatballs” 335, but fan favorites from those years ago have their own name.
747 was first identified in 2004 as a young male bear. Since then, it has become one of the largest brown bears on Earth, perhaps weighing up to 1,400 pounds. His two Fat Bear titles only reinforce that claim.
“Orange bear” viewers watched selected brown bears undergo amazing transformations. The park says male bears can start at 600-900 pounds, growing to more than 1,200 pounds by November.
The chubby champion of 2022 had to contend with stiff competition and come close to a shock when, just a day earlier, polls had been crammed with spam ballots.
The organizers first became suspicious when a major candidate, 435 or “Holly,” recovered by falling 747 votes behind the competition in just a few hours.
A spokesperson for co-organizer Explore.org said by email: “While not unheard of, it is rare for a bear to return late on such a date.” “We found just over 9,000 spam votes.”
However, the park assured voters that it had reviewed previous matches and found no fraud. Explore.org also added a captcha to the poll – which the organization says appears to be working so far.
– Val Lick contributed to this report.
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