The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice is everywhere — it’s fall. That can only mean one thing: Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park and Preserve is back.
Every year, the Alaskan park creates a competition that pits its chunkiest bears against each other to celebrate their success at gaining weight for the winter. No fat-shaming allowed. In fact, we’re celebrating how many pound these big boys have put on this summer.
More bears will be added until there are 12 competitors in all. The bears will be whittled down until there is just one Fat Bear Champion. They will be crowned on October 6.
Keep scrolling to meet this year’s bears, to see who’s been kicked out already, and to find out how to follow along with the competition.