Congratulations to Beadnose, Katmai's victorious 'fattest bear'

409 Beadnose, winner of 2018 Fattest Bear competition. Photo courtesy Katmai Naitonal Park.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - After an extremely competitive voting process, Katmai National Park has announced the winner of the 2018 Fattest Bear competition.

In a Facebook post, Katmai announced 409, also known as Beadnose, as being the winner, after defeating fellow fattened finalist, a bear named 747.

"Bears must eat one year’s worth of food in six short months to survive hibernation, and 409 has excelled at that," Katmai wrote.

"Her radiant rolls were deemed by the voting public to be this year’s most fabulous flab. Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory."

The contest, for those uninitiated, is Katmai’s fourth annual Fat Bear Week competition. Voters follow a single-elimination bracket on social media, voting for their favorite bears in each head-to-head vote.

The brackets are comprised of some of Katmai's biggest and, yes, fattest bears captured on cameras in the national park and preserve.

As the days progress, the bears are narrowed down, until one is crowned the victor. This year, it's Beadnose's turn to wear the crown.

409 Beadnose is a mother bear, whose cubs went off on their own at the beginning of the season. Beadnose quickly became a fan-favorite, with many tagging their votes with #girlpower and other trending hashtags to keep her voting base strong.

Beadnose, and other Katmai bears can be viewed online here.

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