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. Paul Nicklen, Polar Bears, National Geographic, Black Bears, Kermode Bears, Spiritbear, Spirit Bears, Animal, British Columbia
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.
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)
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.