WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The winner of “Fat Bear Week” 2022 has been announced.

The annual online event, organized by officials with the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, is seeking the public’s help in identifying the bear that “best exemplifies fatness” at Katmai.

According to Katmai, the winner of “Fat Bear Week” 2022 is bear 747:

“The votes are in- you’ve decided to upgrade to fish class & fly w/ 747! 747 was deemed an order of magnitude more massive than 901, who experienced troubling tummy turbulence enroute. 901 made a strong start in her 1st #FatBearWeek appearance. Expect big things in the future!,” tweeted Katmai.

“Congratulations to 747, our 2022 #FatBearWeek champion! Though he may be blissfully unaware of his two titles, the gains are real. In the bear world, fat is fit and these chunky contenders have been working tirelessly to pack on the pounds necessary for survival,” tweeted Katmai. “Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Fat Bear Week. We had a record-breaking 1,027,655 votes; that’s a lot of love for these flourishing fat-tabulous bears! And now for a well deserved post-meal nap (or successful hibernation).”

During “Fat Bear Week,” votes are cast each day between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. This year’s contest ran from Oct. 5 through Oct. 11. Participants could vote based on the March-Madness style bracket, where 12 bears are pitted against each other:

“Fat Bear Week” bracket 2022 (Courtesy: Katmai National Park)

Bios and photos of each bear could be viewed on Katmai’s “Fat Bear Week” website. The park also shares livestreamed footage from its Bear Cams.

Katmai is where some of the world’s largest bears live. Adult male bears weigh, on average, 700-900 pounds in mid-summer. By late summer and early fall, the biggest males can weigh over 1,200 pounds.

Brown bears are generally omnivores. They gather to fish for salmon between late June and late October to gain enough fat to survive winter hibernation.

“Fat Bear Week” originally began in 2014 as a way to celebrate “fat bears and Katmai’s healthy ecosystem,” according to the park. Katmai is currently home to some of the world’s largest bears, the fattest of which can weigh over 1,200 pounds in late summer and early fall.

“Fat bears exemplify the richness of Katmai National Park and Bristol Bay, Alaska, a wild region that is home to more brown bears than people and the largest, healthiest runs of sockeye salmon left on the planet,” the park writes.

To learn more about “Fat Bear Week” and the bears, click here.