A Spirit Bear Cub looks back along the shore line. The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei,), also known as a "spirit bear" is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living on the coast of British Columbia, Canada...about 1/10 of their population have white or cream-coloured coats... due to recessive alleles common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the "blonde" brown bears than other members of their species. Photo by Breene Yuen.
North American Black Bear – Ursus Americanus – colour – black, bluish-black, brown, white (Kermode or Spirit bear). The Black Bear is the most common bear in North America ranging from Florida, north into Canada and Alaska. The black and brown colour phase of the black bear is common. The black bear is omnivorous, with their diet mostly of vegetable matter. Males weigh up to 280kg (600 pounds), occasionally much more. Black bears live up to 25 years in the wild.
The Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as a "spirit bear", is a subspecies of the North American Black Bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. It is noted for about 1⁄10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to recessive genes common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the "blonde" brown bears than other members of their species.
Spirit bear cubs.....Spirit bears are rare black bears with white or creamy fur, brown eyes, dark nose pads, and nearly white claws. They are not polar bears or albinos. Maybe 100 exist. Most Spirit Bears live on Princess Royal and Gribbell Islands along the rain-forest coast of British Columbia. They are considered a subspecies of black bears called Kermode bears (Ursus americanus kermodeii). About 20 percent of the bears on those islands are white; the rest are black.