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2013.10.24 BACKPACK 89 ELAINEinDE

89 Backpack October 24, 2013 Snapshot by ElaineInDE

Adult Male

Year First Identified:  2006 as spring cub, 2008 as independent subadult

Offspring Of:  435 Holly

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:  There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful)  of 89 Backpack by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016 or 2017.


Identification:

89 Backpack is a medium sized young adult bear. He has a distinctive face with dark, round eye-rings and a straight muzzle. His coat is usually very blonde, but it does go to a darker blonde or brown in the fall. 89 is one of the falls well known bears his mother is 435 Holly and 89 Backpack was born in 2006. He was first observed as an independent bear in 2008.

Distinctive Behaviors:

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Life History:

2006:

89 Backpack is the 2006 offspring of 435 Holly, her 1st known litter.  

July 2006:

2006.07.17:  Park visitor and cam viewer, CathieL observed and photographed a very nervous first time mom 435 Holly and her spring cub 89 Backpack treed in Brooks Camp near Brooks Lodge.  

Please request CathieL's permission prior to using her photos!

2007:

As a yearling in 2007 89 Backpack injured his right front leg and limped noticeably, 435 (Holly) would wait for him to catch up as they walked.  89 Backpack and 435 Holly can be seen at 1:22 into this video by GrizBear44

89 Backpack limping with 435 Holly at 1 22 into this 2007 video by GrizBear44

89 Backpack limping with 435 Holly at 1 22 into this 2007 video by GrizBear44

By the fall of 2007 his leg was healed and the leg did not seem injured in 2008. Just shows how resilient bears are.

July 2007:

2008:

On September 30, 2017 Mike Fitz (former KNP&P ranger) commented about how bear skulls change shape as the bear ages:

"Bear skulls change shape as they age. I didn't tend to see this change as something sudden. It was more gradual. This is most noticeable when you compare the relative location of ears on subadult bears and cubs to adults. Ears on young bear are generally higher on their head. As bears grow into adults, their skull widens and the ears sort of slide more toward the sides as you can see in these photos of 89 Backpack in 2008 and 2015 respectively. 

In general, the ears on older subadult bears and young adult bears (4.5-6.5 years-old) remain relatively high on their head. From what I've observed, the change in ear position is much more noticeable as they approach full maturity after a few more years of growing." 

Below is the 2008 photo of 89 Backpack that Mike Fitz shared in that comment (note:  the 2015 photo of 89 Backpack that Mike Fitz shared on 09/30/2017 is below in the 2015 section):

July 2008:

September 2008:

2009:

June 2009:

2010:

July 2010:

September 2010:

2011:

July 2011:

2011.07.16:  Ranger Jeanne's photo of 89 Backpack .

2012:

July 2012:

2012.07.xx:  89 Backpack at Brooks Falls video by 5831a:

89 Backpack July 2012 video by 5831a

89 Backpack July 2012 video by 5831a

2012.07.06:  89 Backpack (lone bear in the beginning) video by endoplasmic1357.  Please not, 89 was not a cub at the time of this video.:

Alaska 20120706 17 Bear cub at Brooks Falls-0

Alaska 20120706 17 Bear cub at Brooks Falls-0

2013:

October 2013:

2013.10.07:  89 Backpack appeared to have a left front paw injury video by Janie Nook:

Bear 89 Backpack and left front paw October 7, 2013 4 42 55 PM video by Janie Nook

Bear 89 Backpack and left front paw October 7, 2013 4 42 55 PM video by Janie Nook

2013.10.09:  89 Backpack video by JBirdyHome:
Katmai Park Brooks Falls BACKPACK 10 9 13 On Rock video by JBirdyHome

Katmai Park Brooks Falls BACKPACK 10 9 13 On Rock video by JBirdyHome


2013.10.10:  89 Backpack video by Janie Nook:

Bear 89 Backpack chillin on rock October 10, 2013 1 17 02 PM video by Janie Nook

Bear 89 Backpack chillin on rock October 10, 2013 1 17 02 PM video by Janie Nook

2014:

2014 or prior:  89 Backpack outside of the Brooks Camp Visitor Center.  KNP&P video published January 28, 2015.

89 Backpack outside of the Brooks Camp Visitor Center KNP&P video

89 Backpack outside of the Brooks Camp Visitor Center KNP&P video

September 2014:

2014.09.03:  89 Backpack video by JoeBear:

Backpack drying off September 3, 2014 video by JoeBear

Backpack drying off September 3, 2014 video by JoeBear

2014.09.05:  For nearly an hour around 9 or 10 in the morning 89 Backpack and 32 Chunk indulge in some fun playing video by JBirdyHome:

Katmai Park Bear Cam Chunk and Backpack Play Wrestling 09 05 2014 video by JBirdyHome

Katmai Park Bear Cam Chunk and Backpack Play Wrestling 09 05 2014 video by JBirdyHome

October 2014:

2014.10.15: 

89 Backpack on his rock video by Tzz Oha:

2014 10 15 Backpack 89 on his throne (or stone)

2014 10 15 Backpack 89 on his throne (or stone)

89 Backpack eating salmon with the magpies and ravens.  One of the magpies jumps up on 89 Backpack's back.  Video by Tzz Oha:

2014 10 15 Magpie on BP (Backpack, son of Holly) video by Tzz Oha

2014 10 15 Magpie on BP (Backpack, son of Holly) video by Tzz Oha

2014.10.20:  89 Backpack and 32 Chunk play on the beach snapshots by Larinor:

2015:

On September 30, 2017 Mike Fitz (former KNP&P ranger) shared this 2015 photo of 89 Backpack (see above for the 2008 photo and other information in the 2008 section).

September 2015:

89 Backpack and 474 play fight video by ytb53151:

89 Backpack & 474 "wrestling" September 2015 video by ytb53151

89 Backpack & 474 "wrestling" September 2015 video by ytb53151

2015.09.09: 

89 Backpack video by Victoria White:

89 BackPack at Katmai NP ~ 2015 09 09 video by Victoria White

89 BackPack at Katmai NP ~ 2015 09 09 video by Victoria White

89 Backpack snapshot by MrsBoomer:

2015.09.11:  854 Divot bluff charges 89 Backpack video by JoeBear:

Bridge Bluff Charge - 89 Backpack and 854 Divot September 11, 2015 video by JoeBear

Bridge Bluff Charge - 89 Backpack and 854 Divot September 11, 2015 video by JoeBear

2015.09.19:  89 Backpack and 151 Walker playfighting in this video by Peter Photogram.  Please note:  There is no known relation between 89 Backpack and 151 Walker at this time.  89 Backpack and 151 Walker were both classified as adult males at the time this footage was captured.:

KatmaiNationalPark 89 Backpack & 151 Walker September 19

KatmaiNationalPark 89 Backpack & 151 Walker September 19. 2015 video by Peter Photogram

2016:

May 2016:

2016.05.31:  

89 Backpack KNP&P video :

89 Backpack at the falls May 31, 2016 KNP&P video

89 Backpack at the falls May 31, 2016 KNP&P video

89 Backpack photos from the evening of May 31, 2016 when Ranger Anela Ramos and Ranger David Kopshever observed 89 at the falls for approximately 30 minutes:

June 2016:

2016.06.24 16:45:  435 Holly bluff charges 89 Backpack video by Mickey Williams:

4 45 pm 06-24-2016 435 Holly bluff charges 89 Backpack video by Mickey Williams

4 45 pm 06-24-2016 435 Holly bluff charges 89 Backpack video by Mickey Williams

2016.06.27 14:05:  89 Backpack is displaced by 814 Lurch video by Mickey Williams:

2 05 pm 814 Lurch chases 89 Backpack June 27, 2016 video by Mickey Williams

2 05 pm 814 Lurch chases 89 Backpack June 27, 2016 video by Mickey Williams

July 2016:

2016.07.02:  89 Backpack and his mother 435 Holly fishing below Brooks Falls video by Brenda D:

07.02

07.02.2016 - 89 Backpack, 435 Holly video by Brenda D

2016.07.04 18:13:  89 Backpack naps in a belly hole on the North side of the Brooks River video by Mickey Williams:

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6 13 pm 07.04016 89 Backpack sleeping bear on shore video by Mickey Williams

2016.07.05: 

89 Backpack fishing in the far pool video by Juergen:

2016 07 05 89 Backpack in salmon cockaigne video by Juergen

2016 07 05 89 Backpack in salmon cockaigne video by Juergen

12:16:  89 Backpack fishing the lip video by Mickey Williams:

12;16 PM 07.05

12;16 PM 07.05.16 89 BACKPACK fishing the lip video by Mickey Williams

2016.07.07:

16:39:  89 Backpack and 32 Chunk video by Mickey Williams:

4 39 pm 07.07

4 39 pm 07.07.16 32 Chunk and 89 Backpack video by Mickey Williams

89 Backpack and 289 the beginning video by Mickey Williams:

07.07

07.07.16 the beginning of 89 Backpack and 289 video by Mickey Williams

89 Backpack and 289 the ending video by Mickey Williams:

07.07

07.07.16 the ending of 89 Backpack and 289 video by Mickey Williams

2017:

July 2017:

2017.07.04:   89 Backpack video by Rossetro:

Bear 89 (Backpack) 2017 07 04 video by Rossetro

Bear 89 (Backpack) 2017 07 04 video by Rossetro

89 Backpack fishing alone below Brooks Falls video by Brenda D:

07.04

07.04.2017 - 89 Backpack All Alone video by Brenda D

89 Backpack in featured for the majority of this Explore video beginning at approximately the 12:20 mark.  (Note: 128 Grazer and her 3 yearlings are in the beginning of this video):: (The time noted on this video may be Pacific Time not Alaska Time)

Bear Cam - Brooks Falls Cam 07-04-2017 23 00 07 - 23 59 59 (89 Backpack at approx the 12 20 mark to end)

Bear Cam - Brooks Falls Cam 07-04-2017 23 00 07 - 23 59 59 (89 Backpack at approx the 12 20 mark to end)

2017.07.06:  89 Backpack successfully fishing on the North side of Brooks River below the falls video by Victoria White:

89 Backpack ~ 2017 07 06 video by Victoria White

89 Backpack ~ 2017 07 06 video by Victoria White

2018:

July 2018:

July 2018:Edit 2018.07.07 or PRIOR:  Park visitor shantietjen posted this video of a contact interaction between 747 and 89 Backpack to their instagram on July 7, 2018.

2019:

For future use

How 89 Backpack Got His Nickname:

89 Backpack got his name in 2006 when he was observed riding on 435 Holly's back as a spring cub. Although this behavior has been observed by other sows and their cubs, the name stuck when 89 Backpack became an independent subadult. (Note: His leg injury was in 2007 when 89 was a yearling.)

Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Relatives:

Mother:  435 Holly

Father:  Not Known

Half Sibling:  719 from 435 Holly's 2014 litter

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

2016: None Known

There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2016.

2017: None Known

There were no darting attempls (successful or unsuccessful) by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2017.

2018:  None Known

There were no darting attempts (successful or unsuccessful) by Ranger Michael Saxton in 2018.



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ID Marks and Hints



  • 89 Backpack Light fur color in spring
  • 89 Backpack dark fur in fall

He is very tolerant of other bears and is seen fishing in the far pool. He is climbing the hierarchy but still yields to larger more mature bears. He is also a very playful bear and has been seen play fighting with 151 Walker, 274 Overflow, 474, and 32 Chunk 89 Backpack and 32 Chunk play fight in water Backpack also has a rock named after him due to his sitting on the rock year after year. 89 Backpack on his rock 2013 , 89 Backpack on his rock 2014 , 89 Backpack on his rock 2016

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