In a more mythical approach, we can consider the one lore of the Kitasoo Xaixais people, who have lived with these bears for thousands of years. They have a myth about the white bears that says:
“Raven made one in every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered this land and how the people should be thankful of the lush and bountiful land of today.”
Many of the Kitasoo Xaixais believe these species hold super-natural powers, hence the name Spirit Bear. It is said that the indians protected the Ghost Bears (another cool name they have!) from hunters, by not revealing where they lived.