A rare white-furred Asian black bear met a tragic end after being spotted in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The one-millionth bear was killed by a wolf on September 11, shortly after the Facebook group Yooper Outdoors #906 posted a photo of the bear. June 6, 2022.
A group of guide services and outfitters based in Michigan told Fox News Digital this week that a white black bear that was spotted in early September was found dead.
“Our wolf population has devastated the UP’s large game population,” Yooper Outdoors #906 wrote in a Facebook chat.
The bear was originally caught on trail cameras in western Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
I was fishing all over the bait set by the hunter.
“Yoop’s camera caught a white black bear!” the post reads.
“It is very rare, [you] don’t know what [may be] Step into your bait!
Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources told Fox 2 Detroit it was “virtually certain” that the bear actually had white fur.
“I thought it was too cool,” said DNR big carnivore specialist Cody Norton.
“It’s very exciting to see animals popping up like this here and not anywhere else.”
“Some of the trail cameras we use for research showed some cinnamon-colored phases and some blondes and chocolates, which is also really cool,” he said.
“But they are more common in bear populations. White is its own thing.”
According to Norton and Fox 2 Detroit, the bear is about two years old and is most likely a rare product in which two bears carried a recessive gene for white fur.
It occurs almost exclusively in western Canada, home to the Kermode bear, a subspecies of the American black bear, the same sources indicate.
Only up to 20% of the bear population has white fur.
These bears are sometimes called “spirit bears”.
Norton told Fox Detroit that the appearance of this bear in such a vast and widely connected area, home to 80% of Michigan’s 10,050 bears, is extremely rare.