BLACK BEAR(White Phase)

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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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.

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