The National Park Service has turned burly bear fat into a friendly competition.
Bears pack on pounds before the hiberation season and the park service has an online fat bear bracket and they want you to weigh in on who’s the biggest bear around.
The Katmai National Park and Preserve kicked-off Fat Bear Week 2018 on Oct. 3. The bear, whose photos receive the most clicks, will be crowned the Fattest Bear today.
The annual March Madness-style competition, now in its fourth year, pits commonly seen bears on the Bear Cam against one another to decide which bear looks the fattest.
Twelve of the park’s chubbiest bears are pitted against each other in head-to-head matchups.
There’s even a fat bear bracket featuring the husky competitors.
The competition is not about fat shaming. In brown bears, large amounts of body fat are indicative of good health and strong chances of survival. The bears need stores of fat to help them survive hibernation, which can last for up to half of the year, according to the National Park Service.