"Rare white Kermode bears" Terrace Things to Do Tip by Bwana_Brown

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  Kermode bear in Terrace's airport Arrival area
by Bwana_Brown

Something I had never realized before was that there is a species of white bears that are not related to Polar bears - the Kermode bears of the central and north coasts of British Columbia. We came across this specimen inside the Terrace airport terminal building on our final night in town, as my brother took us on a tour of the city.

According to Wikipedia: "The kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the 'spirit bear', is a subspecies of the American Black Bear and is noted for about 10% of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive gene common in the population. They are not albinos and not related to polar bears or the 'blond' brown bears of Alaska. Because of their ghost-like appearance, 'spirit bears' hold a prominent place in the mythology of the Canadian First Nations and American Indians of the area. A male Kermode bear can reach 225 kg (500 lb) or more, females are much smaller with a maximum weight of 135 kg (300 lb). Straight up it stands 180 cm (6 ft) tall."

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  • Written Sep 28, 2010
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