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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, November 01 2011 @ 11:28 AM EDT (Read 3324 times)  
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The news story of the white bears in Elkford, BC was first posted Oct. 21, 2011 in our Wildlife News. Because there is on-going information about these bear families we can add that information here.

Elkford BC
Region: Canadian Rockies, S.E. British Columbia
Elevation: 1,300m (4,265 ft)


Trio of white bear cubs in Elkford, BC

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Photo By Kristy Anonson Courtesy, Sonora Resort, Handout
ELKFORD, B.C.: September 26, 2011 --Two of the three white bear cubs that have attracted attention since appearing in the community of Elkford, B.C..


The three cubs from two different mothers have attracted a lot of attention since they began showing up across the community in late September.

One black mother has been seen with two white cubs and a black cub, while another black bear has one white cub, one cinnamon cub and one black cub.


"White bears in this area are quite rare and scientists don't really know exactly what causes their unusual colour," says Jutta Kolhi of Elk Valley Bear Aware.

"They don't know if they are related to the Spirit or Kermode bears on the B.C. coast, which are a white sub-species of the black bear that makes up 10 per cent of the bear population.

"We also want to compare these cubs' DNA to the hair samples........"

More to the news article here : http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Trio+w ... story.html


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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, November 01 2011 @ 11:30 AM EDT  
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Save Elkford’s white bears

Published: October 28, 2011 11:00 AM

A community action campaign to save the white bears is underway in Elkford. Hosted by the District of Elkford, a meeting attended by District staff, councillors, Elk Valley Bear Aware Coordinator, Elk Valley RCMP and concerned citizens was held at Council Chambers, Thursday.

Given the current status of the white bear family being habituated in the community since the summer or even early spring, the consensus is to find a quick remedy of removal and relocating the mother, two white cubs and a black cub to another location before winter sets in and without resorting to destroying them. But on hand, there is the dilemma of educating residents to take proactive steps to minimize bear interaction in the community. However for the program to work and with the help of volunteers, District of Elkford is having a “bear aware” information booth set up at the mall, brochures and posters printed up and a Facebook listing to inform the public of bear awareness and urging all residents to be more diligent and responsible about garbage control and organic waste to reduce the impact of bear contact.


Likewise, RCMP Richard Christy and Bear Aware Coordinator Jutta Kolhi both agree that residents should report a bear sighting immediately to the Bear Aware 24 hours hotline - 1-877-952-7277 or www.bearaware.bc.ca.

By Eriki Filipe

http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_roc ... 15468.html


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By: jwnix (offline) on Tuesday, November 01 2011 @ 11:32 AM EDT  
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THANKS jkr....this is fascinating!!!

here are more pictures..... we ought to invite this woman to join in here on the forum and tell stories....

http://elkvalleybearaware.wordpress.com ... bear-cubs/


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By: jkr (offline) on Sunday, November 06 2011 @ 07:24 PM EST  
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B.C. town can bearly believe its eyes

By Petti Fong
Western Bureau

VANCOUVER—Residents of the B.C. interior town of Elkford began seeing white a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe their eyes.

The town near the Alberta border is home to lots of bears, but they’re always black.

This year, however, Elkford residents have spotted at least three white cubs — Kermode bears, a rare version of the black bear — foraging around their area.

“These are the first ones seen in the Kootenays,” said David Hancock, founder of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, referring to the southeastern region of the province.

“They’re normally in coastal communities but these bears have obviously moved more and more inland and now these recessive genes have come together and what were once rare bears are now being seen outside of the central section of the B.C. coast.”

At least three white bear cubs born of two mothers have been spotted around Elkford, a former mining town with a population of about 3,000. DNA samples of the white cubs have been taken to labs to determine whether they really are the rare recessive version of black bears.

While residents are used to black bears, town spokeswoman Randi McDonald said the new white versions have taken many by surprise.

Full story here: http://www.thestar.com/article/1080433- ... e-its-eyes


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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, November 08 2011 @ 01:28 PM EST  
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By Jenna Jensen - The Free Press
Published: November 04, 2011 12:00 PM

A committee of Elkford residents gathered together to do a follow up meeting to further discuss the strategies Elkford will undertake to keep the white bears, and all bears, out of harm's way.

"The meeting went well," said Randi McDonald, Communications and Marketing at the District of Elkford. "For the first half of the meeting we discussed what the District and volunteers have done, since our last meeting on October 20. The main thing we are trying to do now is raise awareness through every avenue we can.

Next year, the District and resident volunteers anticipate forming a full time committee.

The conservation officer did mention that he has not had a reported sighting in a few days.

Full story here : http://www.thefreepress.ca/news/133185338.html




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By: jkr (offline) on Sunday, August 25 2013 @ 12:00 PM EDT  
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It is almost two years since the last report on the rare white bear cubs and one has now returned to the Elkford area.

By Angela Treharne - The Free Press
Published: August 22, 2013 3:00 PM
Updated: August 22, 2013 3:11 PM

The white bear that has found it’s way back to Elkford after being relocated is proof that relocation just doesn’t work.
http://www.thefreepress.ca/opinion/220731521.html


and then another update with happier news, although it is sad that the bear will likely lose it's freedom.


ELKFORD, B.C. — The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, Aug. 22 2013, 8:38 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Aug. 22 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

Rare white bear cub won’t be euthanized after returning to Elkford.

A rare white-coloured bear cub that has wandered back to a small town in southeastern B.C. to feast on the community’s garbage will not be euthanized, conservation officers say.

“We are looking at alternate solutions here … perhaps a sanctuary placement or relocation,” Sergeant Joe Caravetta said on Thursday. “I’d say one of the options is going to happen for sure.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/bri ... e13928124/





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By: jkr (offline) on Wednesday, September 04 2013 @ 12:04 PM EDT  
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The fate of one of the white bears has been determined. He is now a resident of the Calgary Zoo.

From the Calgary Zoo Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thecalgaryzoo

The Calgary Zoo
On Saturday, August 31st, we had a new arrival at the zoo - a unique “white” black bear from Elkford, BC. This bear had become a problem bear.

Two 2 ½ year old bears were relocated away from Elkford last year by conservation officers, but one returned to the town a few weeks ago and was making a nuisance of itself posing a danger to the public. So far the bear has settled in well at the Animal Health Centre.

While we aren’t always in a position to take in orphaned or problem animals such as this bear, we were happy to be able to save this young bear from being destroyed.

Ultimately, this young bear will become an ambassador animal and help to educate millions of people about how to respect wildlife and make sure that their actions don't result in creating problem bears in the future.


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