Bergman’s Bear

Bergman’s Bear : Distinct variety or subspecies of brown Bear of East Asia.

Physical description:

Black. Short fur. Exceedingly large. Weight, 1,100–2,500 pounds. Large skull.

Tracks:

Size, 14.5 inches by 10 inches.

Distribution:

Southern Kamchatka Peninsula, Siberia.

Present status:

This giant variety is likely extinct. The last known specimen, a pelt from Ust’-Kamchatsk, was examined by Swedish zoologist Sten Bergman in 1920.

Possible explanation:

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.

Sources:

  • 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.

Source:

Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

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