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Meet the Spirit Bear – the rare blonde black bear of Canada’s west coast Meet the Spirit Bear – the rare blonde black bear of Canada’s west coast
It may look like a polar bear that got a little lost and wandered too far south - but these photographs are of a... Meet the Spirit Bear – the rare blonde black bear of Canada’s west coast

It may look like a polar bear that got a little lost and wandered too far south – but these photographs are of a very rare Spirit Bear: the rare “blonde” black bear of Canada’s West Coast.

 

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The Kermode bear, also known as the “spirit bear”, is an off-shoot of the black bear living in the lust coastal regions of British Columbia, Canada. They’re somewhat of a mystical creature, holding a prominent place in the story-telling traditions of the indigenous people of the area. They’re extremely rare and nearly impossible to see in the wild, despite their remarkable colour. The white or cream-coloured coats, similar to polar bears, is due to an unique gene in the subspecies. Some people call them albinos or think they’re related to polar bears – both of which statements are incorrect.

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WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca