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THE STORY: While most black bears are black, several other color phases occasionally appear – brown, white and dark blue – even with normal colored parents MEET MASKWA…Waskwa (Cree name for bear) is a rare, whitish – colored female born in the spring of 2004 from a black mother near Easterville Manitoba. Her light color is due to a lack of black hair pigment called melanin – the same pigment found in human sun-tanned skin and dark hair.

Maskwa’s mother was killed when struck by a vehicle – the result of people attracting the bears to the roadside by providing food. This accident underlies the importance of people not interfering with Nature. Fortunately, Manitoba Natural Resources Officers were able to capture Waskwa and, relocate her to our Zoo for care, since she would not have survived on her own. Maskwa is now 445 on the Zoo’s Black Bear records inventory going back to 1906. Most of these were orphaned bears, later shipped to other zoos around the world.

Range: Deciduous and coniferous forests, swamps and shrub thickets from Alaska and Newfoundland south to Mexico.

Location: Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/6.3 Exposure: 1/160 sec. Focal length: 96.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Metering mode: pattern (5) Dimensions: Shutter speed (Tv): 7.3


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A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    beautiful shot of the white black bear Larry,,,,,love the light on her face. (just sent you an email)

  • Thanks for your comments Vickie, much appreciated…I got your e-mail and replied…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    WONDERFUL shot of this beauty Larry……………your write up is terrific…………poor animals, always suffering in some way or other………………..

  • Thanks my Dear Rose, always appreciate your comments, thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Wow! This is so interesting! I’d never heard of such a thing…but you know, I think it’s how White Peacocks came to be! They aren’t albino but a genetic mutation which creates this white…and now they breed white peacocks too!

  • Thanks Blair, for your most interesting comments, much appreciated my good friend, when it comes to nature, you never know what may happen in this world of ours.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Inredible shot and interesting commentary Larry!

  • Thanks Joanne, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 5 years ago

    Great shot of Maskwa!

  • Thanks for popping by Stephen, I appreciate your comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • PFrogg
    PFroggover 5 years ago

    Excellant shot Larry like the light on her face well done my friend

  • Thanks for your comments John, much appreciated my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 5 years ago

    Great lighting Larry

  • Thanks Colin

    – Larry Trupp

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 5 years ago

    beautiful shot :)

  • Thanks Dawn, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Angela Lance
    Angela Lanceover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful bear! And thanks so much for the info, I didn’t even know that could happen! This is an excellent shot Larry!!!!

  • Thanks Angela, yes it can for sure, I appreciate you popping by

    – Larry Trupp

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful capture. She is lovely. The sunlight adds the perfect extra dimension on the shot.. a fav. :>)) Leslie (see my bubble mail)

  • Thanks for the fav and your wonderful comments Leslie, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

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