Twelve bulging bears battled it out to take house the illustrious title of Alaska’s fattest bear earlier this week. 1000’s forged their vote within the annual competitors which compares the pre-hibernation weight acquire of the Katmai nationwide park residents. Grasp-of-salmon and reigning champion Otis took the crown this yr, with an enthralling underdog backstory that in the end gained over bear fans. Pre-hibernation weight acquire over Alaska’s brief summer season and fall is essential for bears heading into the lengthy, freezing winter. Gorging on salmon throughout this time permits the bears to emerge wholesome from hibernation when spring comes round.