Wow, I can’t believe how lucky and fortnate I was just to see such a rare animal, much less capture a photo! The Skagway twice monthly newspaper mentioned a spirt bear had been seen near Skagway this past year, in fact the town is lobbing the state for protection of this rare bear – a genetically-unique subspecies of black bear, it could be hunted. It is one thing to know one is in the area – to actually find a single bear in this countryside takes luck!
Spirit bears are also known as kermode bears, or ghost bears, and are usually only seen around the central British Columbia coast. This isn’t a polar bear, or an albino, but a uniqe subspecies with a population estimated at about 400 according to Wikipedia.
Funny, I wasn’t going to post a blog today – but how could I not after such an exciting sighting!
By the way, we now have an entire section of Skagway, Alaska photos.