The Siberian Yup’ik natives in Alaska had a story of a wolf turning into a human. The polar bear had the ability to blend in with his surroundings and surprise unwitting hunters. My dad, Joseph, once told me that "Carayak" - would also refer to Big Foot and a reference to a Polar Bear.
I had the fortune to help design Brad McDonald's own idea that combined a wolf and a bear. A special design he let me work on for his mom back home.
He challenged if I could come up with a bear and wolf. Mom was happy.