The Kermode Bear: Spirit Bear of British Columbia
Saturday, 11 March 2017
This is a remarkable sub-species of the North American Black Bear. It is the Kermode Bearr - also known as the spirit bear.
Living along the shorelines and central interior of British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, around ten percent of Kermode bears have white or creamy coats. They are revered among the native peoples of the province.
Pronounced kerr-MOH-dee, the lighter Kermode bears are not albinos. They appear much brighter than most of the population because of recessive alleles.
This rare genetic trait doesn’t hold them back either – the paler bears are better fishers than their brown counterparts. It is thought this is because the fish cannot perceive the threat from above due to their coloring. A brown bear might stand out more against the clouds – that much is true.
First Image Credit Flickr User Valard
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