Nakoda the Rare White Grizzly Bear Spotted in Banff

Nakoda the White Grizzly Bear
Nakoda the white grizzly bear- Photo by Jacqueline Krosse

Nakoda the rare white grizzly bear has been spotted and is alive and well in Banff National Park.

Nakoda the extremely rare white grizzly bear in Banff National Park has been sighted and is alive and well!

This unique grizzly bear is believed to be about 4.5 years old and contrary to the beliefs of some, it has no relation to the polar bears of the Arctic or the Kermode “spirit” bear of the west coast.

Experts say the bear is also not albino, but rather possesses a recessive gene that caused its fur to grow white.

Nakoda the white grizzly bear- Photo by Jacqueline Krosse

We made a poll on the Bow Valley Network Facebook group which allowed the residents of the Bow Valley to give this bear it’s name.

Nakoda means “friend” or “ally” in the local native language of the three aboriginal tribes of the area – Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley.

Due to it’s unique appearance, Nakoda’s exact location is a carefully guarded secret.

If you see this special bear in the wild please do not disturb it as we would all love to see Nakoda grow up to become “Nakoda the Great White Grizzly Bear”

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