Bear in the northwest legends are powerful and human-like. You can marry them if you like. A brown bear as dark as many black bears–except for his blond ears–has been fishing the stream out my window, scooping up pink salmon as if his hand were a fork, and tossing back the ones that don’t pass the sniff test. He sits in the creek when it’s deep from the tide “like a man sitting in a hot tub” (P. Christo).
This wooden figure has bear-like ears but no canines. The canines are optional, according to some books. “The minimal tail of the bear is generally ignored.”