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Spirit bears could be impacted by the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline

Some black bears, especially those on the coast of British Columbia, carry a genetic anomaly that makes their fur white. They’re popularly called spirit bears. KSTK’s Anne Hillman spoke to bear biologist Wayne McCrory, who has been studying the bears and trying to protect them for the past 30 years. He says they could be facing a new, larger threat.

Black bear mama with her spirit bear cubs eating mussels along the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline tanker route. Photos courtesy of www.oceanadventures.bc.ca

 

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