Welcome to Fat Bear Week at Mashable! Each fall, Katmai National Park holds a competition as Alaska’s brown bears finish fattening up for their long winter hibernation. This year, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching action. Check back with us all week as we follow the fat bear face-offs each day, and remember to get your votes in for each round. Happy fishing!
A top competitor is missing from this year's Fat Bear Week contest.
For a fleeting moment in June, rangers spotted Bear 410 — the oldest-known bear at Alaska's Brooks River — walking up the chilly stream where the eager bears spend months snatching five-pound salmon from the water. Read more...More about Science, Bears, Katmai National Park, Fat Bear Week, and Science