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Over the weekend a new Kermode bear appears to have been painted on the rock bluff facing the old Skeena bridge in Terrace.  - Anna Killen
Over the weekend a new Kermode bear appears to have been painted on the rock bluff facing the old Skeena bridge in Terrace.
— image credit: Anna Killen

Despite blustery winter weather, a new white bear appears to have been painted back in its original spot on the rock bluff looking over the old Skeena bridge in Terrace B.C. over the weekend.

This new Kermode is facing in the opposite direction of the old one and is smaller and more defined.

It's not yet known who the artist is, what materials were used, or whether the work is finished.

Earlier this month Terrace residents cried foul when it was discovered the Terrace icon had been painted over with what appeared to be black or rock-coloured paint.

Last week, an unknown group calling itself Kermode Independent Defence Systems (KIDS) claimed responsibility for painting over the symbol.

Calling it an “unsightly piece of vandalism,” the KIDS “have done this to draw attention to the impending disappearance of Moksgm'ol (spirit bear),” reads an undated and unsigned handwritten letter dropped off at The Terrace Standard Tuesday night of last week.

“Too many industrial projects threaten fish and game habitat in our region,” the statement continues.

The symbol, first painted approximately 20 years ago, had become an unofficial viewing attraction for locals and tourists. On social media some Terrace residents called for the bear to be painted back as it was, with others saying a new painting should be put in its place.

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