Bergman’s Bear

Reports of a giant bear of Kamchatka, a “God Bear” in Russian folk traditions, have circulated for centuries. In recent years, indeed, some scientific evidence has emerged to validate reports of a cryptid known as Bergman’s Bear. In 1920 the Swedish zoologist Sten Bergman examined the skin of a giant, black-furred variety of the Kamchatka bear. Bergman, who spent (wo years studying Kamchatkan wildlife, wrote that the pelt “far surpassed” the size of any bearskin he had ever seen. Most notably, the black bear’s pelt was shorthaired, unlike the long coat of the normal Kamchatka bear. Bergman’s 1936 paper also described a huge pawprint, 14.5 inches by 10 inches and a report of an equally outsized skull. David Day, in his book Vanished Species, lists this animal, Ursus arelos pisc%r, as “Extinct, ca. 1920.” No specimens have been collected since Bergman wrote in 1936. The animal may well be extinct. On the other hand, it may not be. In Bears of the World (1988), Terry Damico observes that much of the Kamchatka Peninsula has long been closed off for military reasons. A former Soviet official who did have access to the area told Damico that the black giants were still reported. Domico also suggests the giants are a variant of the brown bear. Unfortunately, without a specimen this can be only conjecture.

Taken from : Cryptozoology A to Z – The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature – Written by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark – Copyright 1999