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Rare White Grizzly Bear Spotted in British Columbia

A rare white grizzly bear was filmed in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

It turns out that this rare, white phase grizzly bear that was videotaped in Yoho National Park in British Columbia is well known animal named Nakoda by the locals that have spied him in the past. Global News reported Parks Canada as saying that the bear is not a true albino, but actually a natural color phase variation that makes it appear white.

A visitor to the National Park, Oly Talens, was driving through the famous portion of the Canadian Rockies on his way to Takakkaw Falls when the bruin with white fur showed itself through the trees.

It's been said that Nakoda has been seen before, not only in Yoho, but Banff National Park in neighboring Alberta as well.

Talens said, "They said seeing a grizzly up close in the wild is lucky, but two at the same time — and the (second) one is a rare white bear — is like winning a lotto ticket."

The young grizzly with a unique coloration, estimated to be about three and a half years old, is seen in the video with what is purported to be its dark brown sibling.

The agency was reminding the public to consider not stopping on the side of the road if they see wildlife in the park, but if they do they are to always stay in their vehicles and give the animal space.

As Parks Canada stated,

"Bears and other wildlife that become comfortable around people and roadsides are at greater risk of being struck by a vehicle."

As people in Yellowstone National Park have found out all too frequently, getting too close to wild animals can have dangerous and deadly consequences. If you witness a wildlife sighting, you should know the protocol and never approach them.

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