747 named champion in win over 901

The 2022 edition of Fat Bear Week was unlike any other, and even with a voting scandal that rocked southwest Alaska, 747 was crowned this year’s champion of chonk, marking the bear’s second title in three years.

The week-long celebration of bears bulking up on salmon at the Katmai National Park and Preserve as hibernation and winter near had fans across the world voting on which bear they thought was the true “titan of tonnage.” 747, “the lard-layered Leviathan with powerful presence and scars,” beat out newcomer, the “Bunyanesque behemoth,” 901 in the finals.

“The votes are in – you’ve decided to upgrade to fish class & fly w/ 747!” the park announced on Twitter.

Over 793,000 votes were cast in last year’s edition, then a new record for Fat Bear Week. Lian Law, visual information specialist at the park and lead for Fat Bear Week, told USA TODAY in September the goal was to reach one million votes. Initial results from 2022 voting showed the contest garnered more than 900,000 votes.

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