Spirit Bears in the Great Bear Rainforest
November 26, 2010 4:19 AM Subscribe
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The Kermode bear
or Spirit bear
is a an all white subspecies of the American Black Bear. Their white fur is the the result of a recessive allele and is believed to give them an advantage
in daylight fishing for salmon, but places them at a significant disadvantage in areas inhabited by Grizzly bears or wolves, who prey on them.
One of their last strongholds is the Great Bear Rainforest
. Recent plans for an oil pipeline between Alberta and the coast of British Columbia may threaten that habitat
In response, environmental group Pacific Wild
has partnered with the International League of Conservation Photographers
to carry out a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE). The resulting photos
of Spirit bears and the Great Bear Rainforest are spectactular.