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First Nations-led study indicates spirit bear needs more protected habitat – Vancouver Sun

by ahnationtalk on July 8, 202065 Views

Christina Service was two years into her research with a bear research team when she saw her first spirit bear.

Bears, including the rare white-coated Kermode bear known as the spirit bear, are not stealthy creatures. Service calls them the “all terrain vehicles of the forest — you hear them coming, crashing through the bush.”

Service and her team followed the commotion, and found the bear grazing on the grasses along the riverbanks in the Great Bear Rainforest.

To see the elusive spirit bear, stark white with a ginger tinge, against the deep green of the temperate rainforest, was, said Service, “spectacular.”

But the spirit bear is far rarer and far more ecologically vulnerable than previously believed, according to Service’s research.

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