Moksgm’ol – The Spirit Bear
The Kermode Bear, also known as a spirit bear, are a subspecies of the American Black Bear residing in central and north coast of British Columbia, Canada. They are found exclusively in the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest coastal temperate rain forests in the world. At 25,000 square miles—one and a half times as big as Switzerland—the region runs 250 miles down Canada’s western coast and encompasses a vast network of mist-shrouded fjords, densely forested islands, and glacier-capped mountains.
This subspecies of bear are not albino, or polar bears. As stated by photography Jon McCormack, “British Columbia’s Gitga’at First Nation believe that the raven, creator of the rainforest, turned every 10th black bear white as a reminder of the last ice age. Geneticists understand that the white coat is the result of a double recessive gene in black bears.”
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