Spirit Bear ( Kermodei Bear) – Ghost Bear of the Rain Forest
Check out this rare, close-up footage of a beautiful Spirit Bear (Kermodei Bear). This one was seen in the Great Bear Rainforest, this stunning creature is rarely spotted on camera. Video by Eric Posen.
Posted by ForestEthics on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Kermode bear /ˈkɜrˌmoʊdi/ (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the “spirit bear” (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. They are also called a ghost bear or a “white black bear”.
The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.
It is mainly on Princess Royal Island, where the spirit bear makes its home.
The rare white bear has been treasured by many coastal First Nations communities for hundreds of years.
Some researchers believe that the grizzlies are forcing the white bears out of prime fishing territory.
The spirit bear has long been a cherished part of the Kitasoo/Xai’xias First Nation culture, which call it the moskgm’ol.
As with most of the legends of creation, the story of the spirit bear comes through the tales of the Raven. At one time the world was covered in ice. The Raven – Goo-wee – created the green but wanted something by which to remember the great ice. The Raven chose the black bear, the keeper of dreams and memory, promising the bear peace if he would let one out of every ten bears turn white.