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MacFarlane Bear

The bears listed here are not recognised officially by scientists. A couple of them have specimens that have been collected, but nothing has ever been done to show that they are new species.

So many cryptid bears wouldn't be cryptids if someone would take the time to examine their specimens.

Sadly, many cryptid bears are thought to have gone extinct in very recent times.

List of cryptid bears[]

  • Nandi Bear; A huge, ferocious carnivore, the very mention of which brings fear to all native warriors. The nandi bear is supposedly a huge strictly carnivorous bear with 6 toes on each foot, a reddish or tan coloured coat, and a habit of hiding in trees and ripping people's heads

    Nandi Bear

    open. It's unearthly howls can be heard more often than it is seen. It is though to be either a giant hyaena, a chalicothere (ancient horse-like mammal), or a giant bear.
  • Bergman Bear; Stan Bergman killed an enormous black bear, similar to the irkuiem, that was truly gigantic, exceeding all other bears in size. There is a folkloric history of these bears amongst the local Siberians, and Russian hunters have claimed to have killed them before.
  • MacFarlane Bear (North West Territories NA); McFarlane's bear is an unusual bear, with cream-coloured hair and a head that looks more like some extinct species than any living bears. One was shot near the Anderson River, and it's skin and skull are somewhere in the Smithsonian. If someone would take the time to go through the museums archives, they might be able to "discover" this cryptid.
  • Alaskan "Giant Polar Bear" (Alaska and Kodiak Island NA); an

    Bergman Bear

    enormous white bear, much bigger than a Kodiak, that is a creamy white and has hair on the pads of it's feet is mentioned in Alaskan folklore. One woman from Kodiak Island remembers vividly how her father once killed a giant white bear with hairy paws. she insisted it was nothing like a Kodiak bear. Possibly the same species as McFarlane's bear.
  • Adam's Hedgehog-bear (California NA); "Grizzly" Adams reported seeing a strange creature, a bear with it's back and sides covered with spines like a hedgehog. No other creatures like this have been seen, and Adams may have made it up.
  • Milne (Peru and Columbia SA); A large black bear that is reported from the forests of Peru and Columbia. Possibly a modern species of short-faced bear, considering the only known bear in SA, the spectacled bear, is descended from the short-faced bears.
  • Red Mountain Bear (South-Eastern Andes SA); A bear from the lower stretches of the Andes which has reddish coloured fur. Probably descended from the short-faced bears, or maybe a colour-phase of the spectacled bear.
  • African Dwarf Bear (Morocco and neighbouring North African countries); A small, dark grey or brown coloured bear which is said to live in the Atlas Mountains and in nearby Morocco. Most probably a remnant population of the atlas bear, the last of which were supposedly killed off by the Romans.
  • Pygmy Brown Bear (Peru SA); A very small brown bear reported from Peru. Either a species descended from the short-faced bears, or a pygmy race of the brown bear. Animals in the tropics are smaller than their northern kin, so it would make sense if a South American brown bear was a lot smaller than a grizzly or Kodiak.
  • Chinese White Bear (Hubei province in China ASIA); A pure white bear supposed to live in the Shennongjia forests in Hubei province, China. Bears have been extinct in China for a long time, but it is possible that a population has survived. Most likely a white population of brown or black bears, like the kermode bear from British Columbia. Perhaps a new species.
  • Murung River "Bear" (Borneo INDONESIA); A bear-like creature that has been reported from the Murung River region in Borneo. Probably not a true bear, but an animal like the binturong. The binturong is a huge palm civit (huge for a palm civit is about 4 feet long) that somewhat looks like a small bear. The Murung River creature could a be a second, much larger species of binturong.
  • Elkhorn monster bear (elkhorn wisconsin) is a large type of bear that has a face which resembles that of a dog. The elkhorn monster bear has a size and shape which closely resemble that of the excinct bear aroductus.