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Day 4 of Fat Bear Week voting pits a bully against a chunky favorite at the Brooks River

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...CONTINUE READING
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Day 3 of Fat Bear Week features a big showdown between two former champs

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...CONTINUE READING
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Day 2 of Fat Bear Week pits a scarred, powerful male against a young challenger

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...CONTINUE READING
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Ransomware attack forces town’s employees to go back to typewriters

A borough and a town in Alaska have been hit by a devastating ransomware attack, forcing employees to completely forego computers and go back to typewriters and hand receipts.  Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su), a borough in the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area, has declared disaster on Tuesday after being hit by several different strains of malware that crippled...CONTINUE READING
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The bears of Alaska’s bear cam should have left the river by now. Why are they still here?

Thousands of fish are ripped to shreds along the Brooks River each July.  With a glut of fresh salmon at their disposal, many brown bears just munch the fatty skin and brains of the fish, leaving the bright red meat for lesser bears.  By later July, once the salmon run peters out, however, most of...CONTINUE READING
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The Blockbuster from ‘Last Week Tonight’ just closed

The dream of Blockbuster was alive in Alaska, but no longer. The Blockbuster stores chugging along up North – including the one that John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight donated Russell Crowe-themed movie props to – are closing down. The last surviving Blockbuster will be in Bend, Or. SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee has always been Trump’s...CONTINUE READING
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The brown bears of Alaska’s bear cam are already fighting for dominance

The salmon run has yet to begin, but the big bruisers are already vying for dominance in Alaska. One of the five webcams along Katmai National Park’s Brooks River captured an early-season confrontation between two of the rivers largest and most dominant bears on June 26. SEE ALSO: From puffins to brown bears: The 10...CONTINUE READING
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A dominant brown bear has returned to the Alaska bear cam, seeking fish and females

Bear 747, one of the largest and most dominant Brooks River bears, has returned to his fishing grounds.  The brown bear is one of the first spotted this year on the five webcams positioned along the salmon-rich river in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Former Katmai ranger Mike Fitz, who has returned to the park to...CONTINUE READING
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