Glacier Bear

Dave Hampton

Whitefish, United States

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Glacier Bear by Dave Hampton – Skagway, Alaska
It was just before dark when this bear wandered into my buddies place. I had heard of him and seen one picrure of him when he was a cub. Here he is around three years old. I had seen his sister which was cinnamon in color. His mom was a normal colored black bear.

When first discovered the glacier bear was supposed to be a distinct and well-marked species. Recently cubs representing the glacier bear and the typical black bear have been found in the same litter, thus proving it to be merely a color phase of the black hear. Its color varies exceedingly, from a light smoky, almost bluish, gray to a dark iron gray, becoming almost black.

Some individuals are extraordinary appearing beasts, quite unlike any other bear. The interest in this curious color development is increased by its restricted distribution. The glacier bear is an Alaskan animal, which occupies the seaward front of the Mount St. Elias Range, about Yakutat Bay, and thence southeast to Glacier Bay and a short distance beyond toward the interior.

The popular name of this bear was well chosen, as its home is in the midst of innumerable stupendous glaciers. Here, where the contours of gigantic mountain ranges are being steadily remade by glaciers, Nature appears to have begun the evolution of a new kind of bear. That the task is in progress is evidenced by the excessive variation in color, scarcely two individuals being the same.

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