From People's Republic of China prior to 1960, only rumors circulated of the Shennongjia white bear called Bai-Xiong by natives. Then four were captured and displayed in Chinese zoos. It apparently roams the mountain forests of southeastern Hubei Province and is thought to be a brown bear (U. arctos). Interestingly, the Shennongjia sounds similar to the white-colored, black bear of British Columbia known as the Kermode. Kermodes also roam in densely forested mountains. Do dense forested mountains share the possibility to harbor mystery bears?

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