WASHINGTON – Fat bear fall is almost here.
The candidate for the title “2023 Fat Bear Week Champion” spent the summer on the Brooks River fattening up to survive their hibernation. Exactly who will be taking part in this year’s competition is still a secret, so you’ll need to bear with us as we all wait for the contestants to be revealed on Monday, October 2 .
According to the National Park Service, Fat Bear Week highlights the achievements of these muscular zebras and highlights the healthy ecosystems in which they can thrive. Last year, more than a million votes were cast from around the world.
When is Fat Bear Week?
Vote in this year’s contest takes place from October 4 – 10.
Last year, Bear 747 overtook its competition early and claimed the crown of fattest of them all for the second time. The chubby champion almost lost in shock right from the beginning of the 2022 tournament after the election scandal broke out.
In one of 747’s first matches, the organizers became suspicious when a strong candidate, 435 or “Holly”, recovered from thousands of votes in just a few hours. They determined the polls were filled with spam votes.
Parks assured voters that they had reviewed previous matches and found no cheating. Explore.org has also added captcha to the poll – something the organization says appears to help combat fake votes.
This year’s strong competitors will be announced and the rankings will be revealed on October 2 at 7pm Eastern on Explore.org’s Brooks live chat channel.