In 1920 Swedish zoologist Sten Bergman was given the opportunity to examine the hide of a giant, black furred verity of the Kamchatka bear. Bergman, who had spent two years studying the wildlife of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, noted that the pelt was far beyond the size of other bears found in the area. The hair covering the skin were short, in contrast with the long hair associated with normal bears of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Bergman also described huge paw prints that he found in the area measuring 14.5 inches by 10 inches suggesting a monstrous bear he called Ursus arctos piscator, more commonly referred to as Bergman’s Bear. Sadly this animal may have gone extinct as no sightings have been reported since Bergman described the creature in his 1936 papers.
However, some suggest that Bergman’s Bear may be alive and well living in remote areas of Kamchatka. In Bears of the World, published in 1988, author Terry Domico observes that a vast majority of the Kamchatka Peninsula has been closed off since the cold war for military reasons.
A former Soviet official who had access to the area told Domico that the black giant bear were still reported in the region. Domico also suggested in his book that these giant bears are a variant of the brown bear, unfortunate without a specimen of the bear or access to areas where these creatures are thought to exist we can only speculate as to what Bergman’s Bear actually is or was, if it ever existed at all.
No physical evidence, with the exception of the hide and footprint discovered by Sten Bergman, has been brought to light.
No documented sightings of the Bergman’s bear could be found at this time, it would appear that certain members of the Russian military may have witnessed the creature but non have come out the specific sightings of the creature.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Hybrid / Other
• Size: Roughly 6 feet tall
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Carniverous
• Location: Russia
• Movement: Four legged walking
• Environment: Snow covered forests and tundra