The Mysterious Spirit Bears of the BC Coast
Fri, Aug 7, 2020 1:00 PM MDT / 3:00 EDT
A ghost lives in the wild coastal rain forest of central and northern British Columbia. A rare and elusive pale-cream bear known as the “Spirit bear” — or officially, as the Kermode bear — stalks this shadowy realm. Just a few hundred spirit bears exist in the Great Bear Rainforest of the central BC coast. And despite their nearly white coat, they are actually a subspecies of American black bear, the result of a genetic anomaly in which a recessive gene that appears in 10-20% of the black bear population in this small area is expressed in the spirit bear’s pale coloring. Expedition Leader Eddy Savage, a confirmed bear fanantic, introduces us to these mystical bears with an overview of their biology, the potential advantages to this color mutation, their cultural importance to the indigenous people who live among them, and the conservation efforts necessary to ensure their survival.