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Fat Bear Week is rocked by cheating after organizers caught one person spamming the poll

It’s manipulated! Fat Bear Week is rocked by false claims after trolls spam the poll with more than 7,000 false votes – as Alaska will crown its fattest animal for hibernation season

  • Bear 747 was declared the winner in the semifinals for the 2022 Fat Bear Week contest after organizers found more than 7,000 false votes for its rival
  • The bear, weighing about 1,400 pounds, earned 37,940 real votes, beating opponent Holly, who had just 30,430 votes.
  • Bear 747, one of the dominant bears in Alaska’s Katmai National Park who won the competition in 2020, advances to the finals
  • Many on Twitter were quick to mock the cheating scandal, comparing it to the spectacle following the 2020 presidential election

The Fat Bear Week competition was hit with cheating after organizers found thousands of false votes for Sunday’s winner.

Katmai National Park, which hosts a contest for bears depicted in Alaska’s park, has quashed the election results between Bear 747 and his opponent, Holly.

After removing more than 7,000 fraudulent votes, Bear won 747 with 37,940 votes against Holly’s 30,430.

‘Stopped by TSA for smuggling salmon, [Holly] missed its connection while jumbo jet 747 cleared the runway,” the park tweeted. “This spacious freighter rode with a triumphant tailwind to the final.”

Bear 747 was named the real winner in the semifinals of the 2022 Fat Bear Week contest after organizers found more than 7,000 false votes for his opponent

Holly (above), the winner of the 2019 Fat Bear Week contest, earned just 30,430 real votes, while 747 got 37,940 votes

Holly (above), the winner of the 2019 Fat Bear Week contest, earned just 30,430 real votes, while 747 got 37,940 votes

Many on Twitter were heartbroken by the loss of Holly, who was the 2019 Fat Bear Week champion, but couldn’t resist comparing the election to the 2020 presidential election.

Referring to the January 6 riots fueled by unfounded claims that the presidential race had been stolen, Twitter user Liz St Clair wrote: ‘NEOOOOOOOO I was so happy to see Holly in the lead. I feel like storming the national parks on January 6.’

Another Twitter user with the handle HottenAnnie joined in on the joke, tweeting, “Beware. We don’t want people violently storming the park.

Others tweeted “STOP THE STEAL” and “STOP THE COUNT,” the mantra praised by former President Donald Trump in his loss to Joe Biden.

Bear 747 advances to the semifinals of the annual competition hosted by the Katmai National Park.  His opponent will be decided after Monday night's votes are counted

Bear 747 advances to the semifinals of the annual competition hosted by the Katmai National Park. His opponent will be decided after Monday night’s votes are counted

Many took to Twitter to mock the cheating scandal, comparing it to the controversial 2020 presidential election

Many took to Twitter to mock the cheating scandal, comparing it to the controversial 2020 presidential election

With his renewed win, Bear 747 will be in the finals and face the winner of Monday’s election.

The bear, estimated to weigh about 1,400 pounds, was found every day at Brooks Falls between late June and mid-September as it prepared for hibernation.

National park rangers noted that the 747 was one of the dominant bears in the forest, and while bears tend to fight to keep their place, they said the 747 retains its rank “by its size alone.”

The bear was previously the winner of the 2020 Fat Bear Week competition.

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