Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

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What exactly is the Bear? In Touching Spirit Bear.

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The spirit bear is actually a subspecies of a black bear.  They are called Kermode Bears after the man who studied them.  They are NOT a form of polar bear; their white color comes from a recessive gene  having to do with hair color.  You will find them on the central and northern coast of British Columbia, Canada.  At the present time, it is believed that there are fewer than 100 left and the species is endangered.  They are called spirit bears because of their ghost-like appearance.  Cole Matthews is actually fighting a species of bear.  There are some good pictures on the internet. 

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