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68

Adult Male

Year First Identified:  2007 as a subadult

Known Offspring Of:  Not known at this time

Darting Attempts:  There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) in 2016 or 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.



Identification:

68 is large bodied with a light brown coat in the summer that shows distinctive scars on his left shoulder and right side of his muzzle.  His face sheds out dark, and his ears are widely spaced.  In the fall, 68 has light eye rings and sports a dark brown coat with slightly blond tipped ears.

Distinctive Behaviors:

This bear has been seen at Brooks River every year since 2007, though most years he was only observed in the fall.  68 was seen at Brooks River in July 2013 and again in July 2016.  In July 2016, he regularly fished at the falls and often ate his catch on the boulder in the far pool.

Life History:

Bear 68 is an adult male bear who's identity became a source of mystery during the 2015 bear season when a close up video of him in the Lower River section of Brooks River made him an internet star on September 20, 2015. Bear 68 was then dubbed "Rie's Bear" for the rest of the fall season until his true identity as Bear 68 was revealed with the release of the 2016 Bears of Brooks River bear book.

In the 2016 season, his identity again became a source of great mystery as he was initially mis-identified as Bear 274 Overflow. It was subsequently discovered that this bear was indeed a different bear than #274 and he was then dubbed "Not274" until Ranger Leslie Skora, Katmai's current wildlife biologist and at the time, Katmai's bear monitor, confirmed that the bear known as "Not274" and Bear 68 were indeed the same bear.

2007:

68 was first identified as a subadult in 2007.

October 2007:

Mike Fitz shared these 2007 NPS photos of 68   10/02/2007 photo & 10/10/2007 photo :

2008:

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2009:

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2010:

Park visitor Amber Johns blog "The Adventures of Amber" includes this photo from her trip.  Could this be 68 in 2010?  (Thank you Marie G for finding this blog post and photo).  

September 2010:

2011:

September 2011:

In September 2011, 68 suffered through a large wound on his lower right leg.  At the end of the month, he had trouble moving that leg and appeared to be dragging it.  However, he appears to have made a full recovery and has even grown in size.  His history is another example of toughness and resiliency ~ a hallmark of brown bears.

2012:

August 2012:

October 2012:

2013:

July 2013:

68 was observed in July 2013.

Fall 2013:

68 was observed in Fall 2013.

2014:

68 was only observed in Fall 2014.

October 2014:

2014.10.04: 68, though it was unknown at the time, was later discovered to be the "unknown male" play fighting in the "Three-way play flight" album posted by Ranger Jeanne with Bear 83 and 868 in the Lower River on October 4, 2014.

Ranger Jeanne's flickr album of 68 playing with the Wayne Brothers 83 & 868.

On February 21, 2018 (68's "2018 bear-a-day" day on bearcam comments), Mike Fitz popped into the comments and shared the following videos in this comment :

"In 2014, I witness 83, 68, and 868 play-fighting in the lower river, even all of them at the same time. Play-fights are usually one-on-one affairs, so it was unusual to see the three of them playing. My best explanation: They were well fed and the mood was right."    (Mike's 1st video link):

Three way play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68, 83 Wayne Brother & 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

Three way play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68, 83 Wayne Brother & 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

"Here's part of the conclusion between 868 and 68." (Mike's 2nd video link):

Play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68 and 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

Play-fight between adult male bears October 4, 2014 68 and 868 Wayne Brother video by Mike Fitz

2014.10.24:  Could this be 68 napping in this video by Tzz Oha?:

2014.10

2014.10.24 From a tired to sleeping Bear ( 68 Rie's bear) Part 2 video by Tzz Oha

2015:

68 was only observed in Fall 2015:

September 2015:

2015.09.20:  68 is a bear that was relatively unknown to cam viewers until today when he became the ROCK STAR!

68 video by JoeBear:

Power of a Dream 68 September 20, 2015 video by JoeBear

Power of a Dream 68 September 20, 2015 video by JoeBear

68 video by Victoria White:

68 Bear at Katmai September 20, 2015 by Victoria White

68 Bear at Katmai September 20, 2015 by Victoria White

68 video by Explore:

Bear nap - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 20, 2015

Bear nap - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 20, 2015

On March 28, 2016, Ranger Mike commented providing the identification of the bear observed on September 20, 2015 as bear 68:

"Remember this? (providing the September 20, 2015 Explore highlights video above)

At the time, I didn’t know the ID of the bear or if it even had one, but now I do. He’s #68, an adult male. Here’s a sneak peek at his profile in the next edition of the Bears of Brooks River ebook.

Year First Identified: Subadult in 2007
Identification
#68 is large bodied with a dark coat. His fur sometimes has lighter highlights around his face and neck. He also has light-tipped, oval ears and lighter circles around his eyes.

Life History
Not much is known about this bear. Although he has been seen at Brooks River every year since 2007, he often goes unnoticed. This bear has been documented on Brooks River in July just once in 2013. Most often he is only seen in the fall.

In September 2011, he suffered through a large wound on his lower right leg. At the end of the month, he had trouble moving that leg and appeared to be dragging. However, he appears to have made a full recovery and has even grown in size. His history is another example of toughness and resiliency—a hallmark of bears."

October 2015:

2015.10.08:  Explore Recorder video of 68 close-up:

68 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 10-08-2015 19 18 25 - 19 23 24 (time is probably Pacific Time) Explore Recorder video

68 Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 10-08-2015 19 18 25 - 19 23 24 (time is probably Pacific Time) Explore Recorder video

2016:

68 was included in the 2016 Bears of Brooks River book on page 62.

68 in 2016 video of snapshots by GreenRiver:

Brown Bear No

Brown Bear No. 68, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska 2016 video by GreenRiver

July 2016:

68 was observed during official bear monitoring session by the KNP&P bear monitor.  The July 2016 photos of 68 included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book (page 66) have sparked much debate regarding if the bear in the July 2016 NPS photos is in fact 68 or is the bear in those July 2017 really 603 ?  What are your thoughts?

August 2016:

2016.08.30:  68 and 151 Walker video by Brenda D:

08.30

08.30.2016 - 151 Walker play fighting with 68 video by Brenda D

September 2016:

2016.09.16:  

Cam viewer and park visitor Larinor was at Brooks Camp on 09/16/2016 ~ need to see if she is willing to have her photos of 68 from that day shared here.

Approximately 10:40 into this Explore Recorder video there is great close-up footage of 68 and 879 (note: times listed are Pacific Time not Alaska Time):

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-16-2016 19 00 01 - 19 59 59

Brooks Falls - Katmai National Park, Alaska Cam 09-16-2016 19 00 01 - 19 59 59

2016.09.24:  68 in the office video by Ratna:

68 in the office September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

68 in the office September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

68 and 151 Walker video by Ratna:

151 Walker meet 68! September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

151 Walker meet 68! September 24, 2016 video by Ratna

2016.09.26:  Ranger Leslie Skora (2016 KNP&P bear monitor) discusses 68 in the September 26, 2016 live chat.  Ranger Leslie's opinion is that 68 is the bear that cam viewers have been referring to as "mystery bear" / "Not274".  

(NEED LINK TO 2016.09.26 LIVE CHAT)

October 2016:

2016.10.01:  68 and 480 Ortis negotiate rights to earning a living in the "office".  480 Otis eventually plays the seniority card.  151 Walker approaches 480 Otis from the far pool.  Video by Ratna:

Someone's gotta give..

Someone's gotta give... Otis and 68 at the office October 1, 2016 video by Ratna

2016.10.18:  68 in the far pool video by Ratna:

Gorgeous 68 October 18, 2016 video by Ratna

Gorgeous 68 October 18, 2016 video by Ratna

2016.10.25:  Ranger Leslie Skora (2016 KNP&P bear monitor) discusses 68 at 25:50 into this live chat :

2016.10

2016.10.25 End Of Brown Bear Season Katmai National Park - Live Chat

2017:

68 was included in the 2017 Bears of Brooks River book on page 66.

August 2017:

2017.08.21:  68 and 32 Chunk video by Brenda D:

2017.08.22:  68 and 719 interaction:

68 and 719 interaction video by Ratna:
719 takes on 68 at the falls August 22, 2017 video by Ratna

719 takes on 68 at the falls August 22, 2017 video by Ratna

2017.08.28:  Bookmom's snapshot of 68  with her description of him :

"Longish head, thick neck, curved light-tipped ears and then hump, slump, rump profile." 

September 2017:

68 in 2017 video of snapshots by GreenRiver:

Big Beautiful Brown Bear No

Big Beautiful Brown Bear No. 68 at Brooks River, 2017 video by GreenRiver

2017.09.02:

19:49:  68 gets "grazered" by 128 Grazer video by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA):

128-68 2017 09 02 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128-68 2017 09 02 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

2017.09.03:

09:09:  68 gets "grazered" by 128 Grazer video by Flyer 7474 (SteveCA):

128-68 2017 09 03 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

128-68 2017 09 03 video by Flyer 7474 (aka SteveCA)

68 gets "grazered" by 128 Grazer video by Ratna:

128 Grazer grazes 68. Pick on someone your own size

128 Grazer grazes 68. Pick on someone your own size. September 3, 2017 video by Ratna

68 blowing bubbles video by Ratna
68 blowing bubbles September 3, 2017 video by Ratna

68 blowing bubbles September 3, 2017 video by Ratna

2017.09.07:  Explore video of 68 blowing bubbles:

Bear 68 Blows Bubbles - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 7, 2017 Explore video

Bear 68 Blows Bubbles - Katmai National Park - Live Cam Highlight September 7, 2017 Explore video

2017.09.08:  32 Chunk, 480 Otis, 68 and 83 Wayne Brother at the falls video by Ratna:

32 Chunk, 480 Otis, 68, & 83 Wayne Brother September 8, 2017 video by Ratna

32 Chunk, 480 Otis, 68, & 83 Wayne Brother September 8, 2017 video by Ratna

2017.09.09:  

During a play-by-play with Ranger Becca (providing commentary of the bear activity on the Brooks River) and Ranger David Kopshever (performing parabolic microphone operation) bear 474 and 32 Chunk have an altercation.  68 was in close proximity to the interaction between 474 and 32.  Brenda D recorded this video of the play-by-play.

09.09

09.09.2017 - Ranger Becca Play by Play at Brooks Falls video by Brenda D

Ratna's video that focuses more on the time period just prior to and during the 474 / 32 altercation with 68 in close proximity:

Vicious fight at the falls 474 and 32 September 9, 2017 video by Ratna

Vicious fight at the falls 474 and 32 September 9, 2017 video by Ratna

Park visitors and cam viewers, Cheri and Dale were on the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform during the play-by-play and shared their experience in this blog with photos of 68 during the 474 / 32 altercation.

October 2017:

2017.10.01:  68 video by birdnerd57:

2017-10-01 Gull lands on Bear 68 while he is eating a fish! video by birdnerd57

2017-10-01 Gull lands on Bear 68 while he is eating a fish! video by birdnerd57

2017.10.02:  68 video by Susan Tunstall:
2017.10

2017.10.02 Explore org Katmai Brooks Falls Contender for Fat Bear Contest video by Susan Tunstall

2017.10.03:  68 in the jacuzzi video by Brenda D:

10.03

10.03.2017 - 68 Up Close in the Jacuzzi video by Brenda D

2017.10.06:  68 video by Ratna:

Beautiful 68 October 6, 2017 video by Ratna

Beautiful 68 October 6, 2017 video by Ratna

2018:

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Relatives:

There are no known relatives for 68 at this time.  However, the conversation about 68 possibly being the 3rd Wayne Brother (83 and 868 being the two known Wayne Brothers) has often come up.  On February 21, 2018, GreenRiver asked Mike Fitz his thoughts on that 68 possible Wayne Brother topic.  Here were Mike's thoughts:

"I've wondered about that, but I wasn't able to find anything in the bear monitoring notes hinting at that when I worked for the park. His size and age would match both 868's and 83's, but a lot of cubs were getting emancipated in 2006 and 2007. Without any DNA evidence or really good photos of the Waynes, then I'll have to say there's a chance but nothing can prove it conclusively." 

Darting Attempts:

There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) in 2016 or 2017 by Ranger Michael Saxton for the genetics study.



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Pictures:

Bear 68 at Brooks Falls on 10/5/15


10.10

Bear 68 10/10/15

10.08

Bear 68 10/08/16