Bergman’s Bear : Distinct variety or subspecies of brown Bear of East Asia.
Black. Short fur. Exceedingly large. Weight, 1,100–2,500 pounds. Large skull.
Size, 14.5 inches by 10 inches.
Southern Kamchatka Peninsula, Siberia.
This giant variety is likely extinct. The last known specimen, a pelt from Ust’-Kamchatsk, was examined by Swedish zoologist Sten Bergman in 1920.
Brown bears (Ursus arctos) vary considerably in appearance; this may just have been a regional variant of the Siberian brown bear (U. a. beringianus) rather than a subspecies.
- Sten Bergman, “Observations on the Kamchatkan Bear,” Journal of Mammalogy 17 (1936): 115–120;
- Terry Domico, Bears of the World (New York: Facts on File, 1988), pp. 50–51;
- Igor A. Revenko, “Status and Distribution of Brown Bears in Kamchatka, Russian Far East,” Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Bear Research and Management, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1995;
- Andrew D. Gable, “Bergman’s Bear,” December 19, 2000, http://www.cryptozoology.com/ cryptids/godbear.php.