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    SpiritBear (British Columbia, Black Bears born white. Photo by Paul Nicklen)

  • Keli Anaya

    Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear) - In a moss-draped rain forest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears are born with white fur. Photographs by Paul Nicklen. National Geographic

  • Ryan Murphy

    The elusive Kermode bear, also known as the "spirit bear." It is actually a variant of the North American black bear, with no relation to the polar bear.

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the Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British Columbia, Canada. Approximately 1/10 of their population are born with white or cream-coloured coats of fur. They are not albinos or related to the Polar bear. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population.

Kermode (spirit) bear, Great Bear Rainforest of Canada, Northern British Columbia.

I saw one in the smokey's while I was taking a walk... she stood up and we just stared at each other. Thankfully she went back to eating and I got out of there.

This was thought to be a rare Kermode Bear, also known as "spirit bear." However it is a grizzly bear. Their fur is "grizzled", that is, lighter at the ends than at the roots. Yeah, Grizzly all day. Rounded ears, dish shaped face, shoulder hump. They can certainly be hard to distinguish sometimes.

spirit bear, a leucistic coastal brown bear (note that albinism causes a lack of coloration in the nose, skin & eyes as well, leucism denotes only partial color loss)

This is the rare Kermode Bear, also known as a "spirit bear." Spirit bears are white subspecies of black bears, and live in British Columbia, Canada.

The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as a "spirit bear" is a subspecies of American Black Bear living in the central and north coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-colored coats.

There are so many amazing things about this photo: the blue ice in the background, blue water, and then the amazing polar bears; one of which is shown diving into the water!

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My sister held a chocolate Peak Frean cookie to a bear before anyone noticed her stick her little had out our VW's window that Dad had opened just 2". They bear only took the cookie!