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480 Otis

Adult Male

Year First Identified:  2001 as an older subadult or young adult

Offspring Of:  Not known

Darting Attempts:  On October 5, 2016, Ranger Michael Saxton made an attempt to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to 480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting. He was successfully darted in 2006 by former wildlife biologist Tamara Olson.   




Identification:

ID Marks and Hints: 480 Otis has a dark blonde coat, tan tipped claws, and some scars on both sides of his neck. His ears are wide set and his right ear is floppy. His muzzle is long, straight, and narrow. In 2013, he had a prominent scar above his right eye. In the fall months, his body is walrus-shaped and he has a relatively thick, wrinkled neck.

Distinctive Behaviors:

480 Otis is the master of the "sit and wait" fishing technique.  You will see him regularly sitting in what is affectionately known as his "office" on the far bank of the river.  He also uses the jacuzzi when other more dominant bears are not occupying the space.  Otis is not as dominant as he once was, in 2007 very few bears would displace him from his preferred fishing spots.  Now he is likely to yield to more dominant bears such as 856 and 747.  

Life History:

480 Otis is believed to be the oldest male bear (boar) to regularly using the falls, he faces many challenges one of which is missing teeth. He is missing two canine teeth one on the upper jaw and one on the lower jaw on the opposite side. When you watch him eat fish you can see he does so with a little more difficulty than other bears.

480 Otis is currently not known to have any offspring that use the river,  In 2006-7 a DNA study was done by collecting hair and tissue samples and no known offspring of Otis were found. A new DNA study is underway at Brooks River and we may find out if he in fact does have offspring that use the river.

480 Otis has won the Fat Bear contest three years 2014, 2016 , and 2017 ,

2001:

480 Otis was initially identified as an older subadult or young adult.

2014:

October 2014:

2014.10.07:  480 Otis has the hiccups video by DTB:

7 October 2014 Otis Hiccups video by DTB

7 October 2014 Otis Hiccups video by DTB

2014.10.08:  Zen Otis.  Too Much Loved Katmai Brown Bear video by DTB.

Zen Otis

Zen Otis. Too Much Loved Katmai Brown Bear October 8, 2014 video by DTB

2015:

September 2015:

2015.09.23:  480 Otis is seen quite a bit in the lower river during this play-by-play with Ranger Mike and Ranger Roy.  480 Otis is the bear that can be seen at the very beginning of this video, but is also the star in other parts of the play-by-play.

Ranger Mike And Ranger Roy - Katmai National Park - Play By Play September 23, 2015-0

Ranger Mike And Ranger Roy - Katmai National Park - Play By Play September 23, 2015-0

2016:

July 2016:

2016.07.03:  480 Otis chillin in the office video by Erum Chad (aka Erie):

Chill out (Music) fishing with 480 Otis Close up 2016-07-03 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Chill out (Music) fishing with 480 Otis Close up 2016-07-03 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2016.07.06: 

480 Otis slowly eats his fish video by Mike Fitz:

Bear 480 Otis slowly eats his fish July 6, 2016 video by Mike Fitz

Bear 480 Otis slowly eats his fish July 6, 2016 video by Mike Fitz

480 Otis needs a nap video by Brenda D:

07.06

07.06.2016 - 480 Otis needs a nap video by Brenda D

2016.07.07:  

480 Otis running video by Martina:

2016 07 07 BF 480 Otis running?! video by Martina

2016 07 07 BF 480 Otis running?! video by Martina

480 Otis running video by Cheryl Burnside:
2016 07 07 13 07 50 Bear Otis 480 showing how it's done by Cheryl Burnside

2016 07 07 13 07 50 Bear Otis 480 showing how it's done by Cheryl Burnside

480 Otis running video by Brenda D:

07.07

07.07.2016 - 480 Otis RUNNING video by Brenda D

2016.07.08:  480 Otis briefly stands on the lip of Brooks Falls video by Mickey Williams:
4 59pm 07.08

4 59pm 07.08.2016 Otis 480 briefly stands on the lip by Mickey Williams

2016.07.13:

11:10:  480 Otis fighting sleep video by Mickey Williams:

11 10 am 07.13

11 10 am 07.13.2016 480 OTIS fighting sleep video by Mickey Williams

September 2016:

2016.09.02:  151 Walker Life lessons from 480 Otis video by Melissa Freels:

151 Walker Life Lessons from 480 Otis, September 2, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

151 Walker Life Lessons from 480 Otis, September 2, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

2016.09.24:  480 Otis video by Brenda D:
09.24

09.24.2016 - 480 Otis video by Brenda D

October 2016:

2016.10.05:  Ranger Michael Saxton made an attempt to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to 480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting video by Melissa Freels:

Attempt to Dart 480 Otis on LR and RW, DNA Project, October 5, 2016 video by Melissa Freels-0

Attempt to Dart 480 Otis on LR and RW, DNA Project, October 5, 2016 video by Melissa Freels-0

2017:

2017:  480 Otis in a river of salmon video by isai rod on instagram posted May 8, 2018.

July 2017:

2017.07.05: 480 Otis returns to the Brooks River cowboy walking into the 2017 season: Video by Brenda D :  

07.05

07.05.2017 - 480 Otis makes his Debut in the Lower River video by Brenda D

Video by Melissa Freels :
The Return of Otis July 5, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

The Return of Otis July 5, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

Video by Erum Chad (aka Erie) (Published 2017.07.05) :
Return of bear 480 Otis LR cam Brooks Falls Katmai 2017 07 06 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

Return of bear 480 Otis LR cam Brooks Falls Katmai 2017 07 06 video by Erum Chad (aka Erie)

2017.07.06:

480 Otis from office to falls to bed video by Brenda D:

07.06

07.06.2017 - 480 Otis from Office to Falls to Bed video by Brenda D

480 Otis video by Victoria White:
480 OTIS ~ 2017 07 06 by Victoria White-0

480 OTIS ~ 2017 07 06 by Victoria White-0

2017.07.07: 

480 Otis video by Brenda D:

07.07

07.07.2017 - 480 Otis at the Falls video by Brenda D

480 Otis gets hit in the muzzle by a fish video by Cheryl Burnside:
2017 07 07 17 19 11 OTIS 480 Fish hits him in the nose video by Cheryl Burnside

2017 07 07 17 19 11 OTIS 480 Fish hits him in the nose video by Cheryl Burnside

2017.07.09: 

480 Otis courting an adult female video by Brenda D:

07.09

07.09.2017 - Some 480 Otis Loving Going to Happen? video by Brenda D

Could Brenda D's video above be the prequel to Anna-Marie's July 9, 2017 photo of 480 Otis mating that was taken at Brooks Camp?

Anna-Marie shared some additional information about her photo:

The photo "was taken from the Treehouse. Otis and the female (might be 289) were under the walkway between the treehouse and the riffles platform ".  "Right after the mating, both bears showed up down by the riffles and moved up toward the Falls. Another bear followed her up the path on the other side of the river and then Otis followed them! "

Please request Anna-Marie's permission prior to using her photos!


32 Chunk and 480 Otis faceoff video by Brenda D:
07.09

07.09.2017 - 32 Chunk and 480 Otis Face-Off video by Brenda D

2017.07.10:  480 Otis video by Brenda D:
07.10

07.10.2017 - 480 Amorous Otis video by Brenda D

2017.07.12:  480 Otis and 32 Chunk interaction video by Melissa Freels:

480 Otis and 32 Chunk Have Words, July 12, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

480 Otis and 32 Chunk Have Words, July 12, 2017 video by Melissa Freels

2017.07.17: 

856 displaces 480 Otis video by Brenda D:

07.17

07.17.2017 - 856 moves 480 Otis video by Brenda D-0

480 Otis bluff charges 151 Walker video by Brenda D:
07.17

07.17.2017 - 480 Otis Bluff Charge 151 Walker video by Brenda D-0

2017.07.22:  480 Otis fishing in close proximity to 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings, peacefully by over-protective 128 mom standards.  128 Grazer can be observed jaw popping in this video by Cheryl Burnside:

2017 07 22 23 16 32 Grazer & Yearlings right next to Otis fishing by Cheryl Burnside

2017 07 22 23 16 32 Grazer & Yearlings right next to Otis fishing by Cheryl Burnside

August 2017:

2017.08.08:  480 Otis makes low energy entrance video by CASPER Pike (aka dcs1955):

Otis makes low energy entrance 2017 08 08 video by CASPER Pike (aka dcs1955)

Otis makes low energy entrance 2017 08 08 video by CASPER Pike (aka dcs1955)

480 Otis naps on the island & 32 Chunk displays his dominance video by Brenda D:

08.08

08.08.2017 - 480 Otis Naps on Island, 32 Chunk Marks Island video by Brenda D

2017.08.09:  

Early morning:  480 Otis sleeping on the island video by Brenda D:

08.09

08.09.2017 - 480 Otis Asleep on the Island video by Brenda D

480 Otis sleeping on the island for 12+ hours video by Cheryl Burnside:

2017 08 09 12 31 40 Otis 480 sleeping on the Island 12 hours video by Cheryl Burnside

2017 08 09 12 31 40 Otis 480 sleeping on the Island 12 hours video by Cheryl Burnside

September 2017:

2017.09.08: 

19:44:  480 Otis goes to the island to sleep video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

480 Goes To The Island and Sleeps 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 Goes To The Island and Sleeps 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

21:15:  While 480 is sleeping video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
While 480 Is Sleeping 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

While 480 Is Sleeping 2017 09 08 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.09: 

Approximately 06:32:  503 Cubadult meets 480 Otis video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):

2017 07 09 Approximately 06 32 503 Cubadult meets 480 Otis video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017 07 09 Approximately 06 32 503 Cubadult meets 480 Otis video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 Otis approaches as 32 Chunk and 474 have a fight:video by angerbodha:
32 Chunk and 474 fight, 480 Otis gets in close, Brooks Falls 09.09

32 Chunk and 474 fight, 480 Otis gets in close, Brooks Falls 09.09.2017 video by angerbodha-1

2017.09.10:  

Early morning:  480 Otis asleep on the island then 480 wakes and goes to the office video by Brenda D:

09.10

09.10.2017 - 480 Otis Asleep On The Island, Wakes And Goes To The Office video by Brenda D

11:38:  480 Otis confronts 474 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
480 Otis Confronts Bear 474 2017 09 10 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

480 Otis Confronts Bear 474 2017 09 10 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)-0

2017.09.16:  480 Otis retains control of the jacuzzi video by Brenda D:

09.16

09.16.2017 - 480 Otis Retains Control of the Jacuzzi video by Brenda D

2017.09.22:  480 Otis video by Brenda D:
09.22

09.22.2017 - 480 Otis Close Up video by Brenda D

2017.09.26:  274 Overflow begging from 480 Otis video by Brenda D:
09.26

09.26.2017 - 480 Otis with Patched Bear Begging video by Brenda D-0

2017.09.30 Approximately 16:40:  480 Otis departs the river slowly video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA):
480 on 2017 09 30 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

480 on 2017 09 30 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2018:

June 2018:

2018.06.29 13:37:  480 Otis returns to the Brooks River for the 2018 season:

Ranger Russ commented at 13:37 :  "Word is that Otis is at the riffles!"

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!


At 16:23 KNP&P posted to their Facebook to announce the return of 480 Otis:

"This day just keeps getting better. Who showed up at the Falls this afternoon? None other than the beloved 480! That's right "Otis," the oldest known male bear, at 22, has made his return for the season. "

July 2018:

2018.07.08:  480 Otis was observed at Brooks Falls in the early morning: LaniH created this video , complete with tubas playing in the background for Ranger Andrew, so be sure to turn the sound up for this one.:

480 Otis with his soundtrack July 8, 2018 by LaniH

480 Otis with his soundtrack July 8, 2018 by LaniH

RobNJ created this gif .

GABear created this gif .

Known Courting & Mating:

480 Otis has almost mastered keeping his courting and mating behaviors from being captured by cam viewers and park visitors (or at least he has benefited from much of it being hard to locate for sharing).  However, a little is now known about 480's reporductive adventures:

2017:

94 or 289 Courting & Mating:  (Note:  on 7/9/2017 Mike Fitz thought this looked like 94 being courted by 480 Otis )

2017.07.09:  480 Otis courting an adult female video by Brenda D:  

07.09

07.09.2017 - Some 480 Otis Loving Going to Happen? video by Brenda D-0

Could Brenda D's video above be the prequel to Anna-Marie's July 9, 2017 photo of 480 Otis mating that was taken at Brooks Camp?

Anna-Marie shared some additional information about her photo:

The photo "was taken from the Treehouse. Otis and the female (might be 289) were under the walkway between the treehouse and the riffles platform ".  "Right after the mating, both bears showed up down by the riffles and moved up toward the Falls. Another bear followed her up the path on the other side of the river and then Otis followed them! "

Please request Anna-Marie's permission prior to using her photos!

Known Relatives:

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Darting Attempts:

2016:  

October 2016:

2016.10.05:  Ranger Michael Saxton made an attempt to secure a proper darting position in close proximity to 480 Otis, but was unable to attempt darting.   Melissa Freels captured this video of the unsuccessful attempt to secure a proper position:

Attempt to Dart 480 Otis on LR and RW, DNA Project, October 5, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

Attempt to Dart 480 Otis on LR and RW, DNA Project, October 5, 2016 video by Melissa Freels

My Ode to 480 Otis by Goldilocks, Canada:

Sung to "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by OTIS Redding

Sitting in the office mist
It's amazing how we coexist
Watching the salmon jump
I'm striving to get pleasantly plump, yeah

I'm sitting at the base of the falls
In bright sun or driving squalls, ooh
I'm just sitting at the base of the falls
So sublime

I left my den on dumpling
Headed for the river deep
Have to catch me high fat salmon
In preparation for my long, cold sleep

So, I'm gon' sit at the base of the falls
Following my protocols, ooh
No sows in estrus or nasty brawls
Summertime

In the heart of my home range
Everything still remains the same
Now, covered in a snowy blanket of white
The granite walls echo my name, listen

Sleeping now resting my bones
While you worry about all the unknowns, listen
The walls echo my name
Nothing will extinguish my flame

Forever, I'll be sitting in the mist
In eternal salmon bliss, ooh
Sitting at the base of the falls
Wintertime


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Comparison pictures of 480 Otis


2016:

Videos:

480 Otis returns Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 by Mickey 06/30/2016

480 Otis swatting at a Raven video by Marie

480 Otis Running Video by BearNecessities

480 Otis fighting sleep near Alice's Restaurant video by Mickey 7/13/16

480 Otis fishing the LR video by Erie (Ontario) 10/07/2016

Pictures:

480 and 89 9-14


Otis Mocha July 2016

480 Otis July 2016 photo by Mocha







2015:

Videos:

480 Otis returns to Brooks Falls 07/10/2015 video by 12gizmo16

480 Otis spars with 775 and 747 07/18/2015 video by 12gizmo16

480 Otis "talking" to 747 video by Rockatte

Otis snorkeling up the river 09/16/2015 video by Mickey

Otis Fishes the falls 10/03/2015 video by jbirdyhome

Pictures:










2014:

Videos:



Pictures:



Otis water 920

480 Otis Sept 20 2014

Otis lr 107

480 Otis lower river Oct 7, 2014

Otis 72314

480 Otis comparison photos from July to Sept 2014