Alaska’s fiercest competitors have prepared for months to earn the title of “Fattest Bear” in Katmai National Park and Preserve’s fifth annual Fat Bear Week.

Fans can begin voting for the burliest bear Wednesday on the park’s Facebook page, with the crowning of the heftiest bruin scheduled for the evening of Oct. 8. A dozen of the park’s nearly 2,000 brown bears have been placed in a bracket for the elimination-style tournament, with four of the larger bears getting a bye in the first round.

The first match will be posted on Facebook at 6 a.m. Alaska time, with the second match starting at noon. Photos of each of the bears will be posted, and voters will need to “like” a photo to cast a vote. Results of the daily bear bouts will be posted around 6 p.m. on the day of the match.


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