Big bummer! Mother nature takes it's toll on Whitey.https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/b...-spotted-michigan-killed-wolves-sightingBeautiful black bear with white fur in Michigan is killed by wolves shortly after a sighting.
A rare black bear with white fur has met a tragic end after it was spotted in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.The one-in-a-million bear was killed by wolves shortly after photos of the bear were posted by Facebook group Yooper Outdoors #906 on Sept. 6, 2022.
The group, a Michigan-based guide service and outfitter, informed Fox News Digital this week that the white-colored black bear was found dead following the early-September sighting of the animal.
"Our wolf population has devastated our big game populations in the U.P.," Yooper Outdoors #906 wrote in a Facebook chat.
The bear was originally caught on a trail camera in Michigan’s western upper peninsula.
It had been rummaging through bait placed there by a hunter.
"There’s been a white black bear on camera in the Yoop!" the post reads.
"Extremely rare, but [you] never know what [may be] walking into your bait!"
Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources told Fox 2 Detroit that they’re "fairly certain" the bear actually has a white coat.
"I thought it was just too cool," said DNR large carnivore specialist Cody Norton.
"It's just exciting seeing an animal pop up like this here instead of somewhere else."
"We've had some cinnamon color phases show up, some blonde and chocolate on some trail cameras we use for surveys, which is also really cool to see," he said.
"But those are more common in bear populations. White is its own thing."
The bear was about two years old and was most likely the rare product of two bears that both held a recessive gene for white fur, according to Norton and Fox 2 Detroit.
This happens almost exclusively in western Canada where Kermode bears — an American black bear subspecies — reside in the province, the same sources indicated.