Extremely Rare “Spirit Bear” (Black Bear With White Fur) Was Killed By Wolves Right After Discovery

A wild discovery was recently made by a wildlife camera on Michigan’s western peninsula.

An incredibly rare one Black bear with all-white fur was discovered, causing awe by avid hunters and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

A chance to see a black bear with white fur

There is a subspecies of black bears called Kermode bears that have white fur that is much more common (10-20%), but they are found almost exclusively in parts of British Columbia, Canada, making this Michigan sighting even wilder.

And even among the Kermode bears in Canada, there are probably only between 100 and 500 specimens.

Michigan DNR large carnivore specialist Cody Norton couldn’t hide his excitement at the discovery:

“I just thought it was too cool. It’s just exciting to see an animal show up here instead of somewhere else.

Some cinnamon phases, some blonde and chocolate phases have turned up on some game cams that we use for surveys which is really cool to see too.

But these are more common in bear populations. White is its own thing.”

Although the discovery was recent, we have now learned that the white black bear has died after being attacked by wolves.

Yooper Outdoors shared the tragic news FOX News Digitalthe same group that discovered the rare bear in the first place on September 6th.

They shared in the post:

“Our wolf population has devastated our big game populations in the UP”

With around 700 wolves roaming the upper peninsula, farmers have a hard time protecting their livestock. And since the gray wolf is protected under the Endangered Species Act, it’s illegal to kill one unless it poses an imminent threat to human life.

A 2022 update to the state’s wolf management plan suggests the Upper Peninsula may have reached wolf capacity, meaning a hunting season could be in the works.

It is truly unfortunate to learn that such a rare creature died just a few weeks after its discovery.

RIP buddy.

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