Are there white black bears?
The Kermode bear, a subspecies of black bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), lives on a few islands along the coast of British Columbia. Most of them are black, but in some areas up to 20% are creamy white and called Spirit Bears.
Rare Bears Endangered by Oil Pipeline. There are only an estimated 400-1,000 Spirit or Kermode bears left in the whole world. They live in an undeveloped, beautiful forested area of coastal British Columbia.
- Spirit bears can run up to 55 km per hour. They can go without food for up to seven months during hibernation in northern areas. Spirit bears can live for more than 25 years in the wild.
- A black bear's first line of defence is retreat, but grizzlies, especially sows with cubs, can be very aggressive towards other bears and people they perceive as threats. Grizzlies are not good tree climbers, though it's important to note that they can climb trees.
- Truly man-eating bear attacks are uncommon, but are known to occur when the animals are diseased or natural prey is scarce, often leading them to attack and eat anything they are able to kill.
Updated: 3rd October 2019