Up the coast of British Columbia in the largest temperate rainforest in the world a white bear lives, almost as much a mystery now as it had in ancient days. According to legend, Raven, creator of the world ended the ice age by turning the world green. As a reminder of the times before, he designated one in every ten black bears to be white. A paradise was created for these bears so they would be protected and never leave. That paradise consists of Princess Royal and Gribble islands.

Originally called Masala or Moksgm’ol (meaning white bear) by native peoples, this bear is neither albino nor a descendant of the polar bear. Believed to have evolved in the last 10,000 years from isolated black bears, a recessive gene causes one in ten…

Source by Elizabeth Richardson