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Great Bear Rainforest Sydney Gass 1547985 1. Why is the Great Bear Rainforest so special? Mention two important characteristics of this ecosystem. (0.5 points) The great bear rainforest is one of the largest in tact coastal temperate rainforest in the Earth. It’s extremely rich in biodiversity, old growth forests, and sacred indigenous land. 2. Why are these forests called the ‘salmon forests’? (1 point) The forests of the Great Bear Rainforest are considered salmon forests. This is because of the phenomenon that occurs when salmon exit the sea and start traveling up fresh water streams. Often the wildlife that feed off salmon are forest dwelling predators that fish the salmon out of the river and discard their remains around the forest. 3. What species of bear is the Kermode bear (i.e. spirit bear)? Provide the common and Latin name. (0.5 points) The Kermode Bear, Ursus americanus kermodei , is a subspecies of black bears, Ursus Americanus . 4. Why some Kermode bears have a white appearance? (Hint: Use concepts learned in your biology class) (0.5 points) The spirit bear’s white quality is due to a recessive gene that gets expressed when both maternal and paternal bears carry and pass on the recessive white gene . This genetic difference is originally caused by a mutation in the coloration gen. 5. The white-phased Kermode bear is better adapted than other individuals in his species to do what? Explain. (Hint: Look into p. 496 in your Biology Book) (0.5 points) The Spirit Bear is better adapted at hunting then black bears. When they are leaned over a
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