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While journeying to the Salmon Run with Koda, Koda's mother was provoked and attacked by a human hunter named Kenai. The two fought, with Kenai's brothers, Denahi and Sitka, joining in. Koda's mother nearly won the fight until Sitka brought down the glacier, causing himself and Koda's mother to fall into the icy water below.
After the attack, Koda's mother searched tirelessly for Koda, to no avail. She was eventually attacked again by Kenai, who was seeking revenge for Sitka's death. The two fought, and Kenai slayed her atop a huge rock. Her spirit was then drawn up into the heavens, and Kenai was transformed into a bear as punishment for his actions.
Later, after meeting and befriending Koda, Kenai learned the truth about his actions and confessed to Koda that he had killed his mother. Koda fled, heartbroken, but eventually returned to Kenai in order to save his life. Shortly afterward, Koda reunited with his mother's spirit, after which Kenai transformed into a bear permanently to take care of Koda.
While out with her son, Koda, Koda's mother happens across a fallen basket full of salmon. The two bears take their fill from the basket and venture away from the nearby village, leaving tracks and shreds of the basket in their wake. Eventually, Koda's mother picks up the scent of Kenai, a human hunter, who has come in pursuit of the stolen basket.
Koda's mother tells her son to hide in the bushes while she sniffs the air. Eventually, Kenai tracks the bears to the edge of a glacier and throws a rock at Koda's mother, antagonizing her. The two get into a brief scuffle that results in Kenai falling onto a steep ledge, where his brothers, Sitka and Denahi, come to his rescue.
As Sitka approaches, Kenai warns him to get away from Koda's mother, who roars at the hunters to get away. Denahi throws a stone at her, distracting her, and she follows him across the glacier until he falls through the ice. Kenai races to save Denahi while Sitka takes on Koda's mother, who eventually overpowers him. She starts to approach Denahi, who is being helped out of the ice by Kenai, but Sitka thrusts his spear into the ice, breaking the glacier. The ice cracks, and a section of the glacier falls, taking Sitka and Koda's mother with it. Though Koda's mother survives, Sitka dies from the fall.
After the fight on the glacier, Koda's mother begins to search desperately for Koda, whom she is separated from. At the same time, Kenai, enraged over the death of Sitka, tracks Koda's mother down to a berry patch, where she mistakes his scent for Koda's. However, once she realizes that it is Kenai, she flees.
Kenai pursues Koda's mother to the top of a huge rock, where the two have a final confrontation. The fight begins, and Koda's mother manages to separate Kenai from his spear and corner him on a tall boulder at the edge of the huge rock. As she attempts to shove the boulder off the ledge, Kenai leaps over her back and takes up his spear, lifting it in time to impale her on it as she charges at him.
After Koda's mother's death, Kenai screams in rage. The Great Spirits, displeased with the senseless murder, descend upon Kenai, taking up Koda's mother's spirit and changing Kenai into a bear as recompense for the death.
After being transformed into a bear, Kenai meets Koda, who admits that he has been separated from his mother and needs someone to take him to the Salmon Run. Kenai reluctantly agrees, hoping to reach the mountain where he can be transformed back into a human.
During the journey, Koda mentions the Great Spirits to Kenai, recalling how his mother had always told him that they make all the great changes in the world. Once at the Salmon Run, Koda asks his friend, Tug, if his mother has returned yet, but Tug tells him that she has not. Later that night, Koda tells the story of his mother's fall from the glacier to the other bears at the Salmon Run, and Kenai realizes that the bear he had killed was Koda's mother.
Wracked with guilt, Kenai flees the Salmon Run and keeps away from the other bears. The next morning, Koda finds him again, and Kenai admits his mistake to the cub. A horrified Koda flees into the trees, and though Kenai attempts to call him back, the cub stays in hiding. Kenai proceeds to the mountain without him, still burdened by what he has done.
After Koda tracks Kenai to the mountain and saves his life, Koda's mother reunites with him in spirit form. The two share a tender embrace until Koda's mother returns to the Great Spirits and Koda goes on to live with his adoptive brother, Kenai.
While at Hokani Falls, Koda watches the Great Spirits in the distance. Nita comments that her mother is a spirit, and Koda replies that his mother is as well. Haltingly, he asks if she misses her mother, and Nita confirms this, though she tells Koda that their loved ones will live on in their hearts.
Later, Koda asks his mother to change Kenai back into a human so that he can be happy with Nita. However, Kenai chooses to stay with Koda, and the Great Spirits transform Nita into a bear instead.
Koda's mother is an enormous bear, with broad shoulders, thick limbs, and a powerful build. She is thick-furred and has a dark brown pelt. The fur on her legs and underbelly is slightly darker than her main pelt, while her muzzle is a paler tan. She is recognizable by her bottom lip, which sags. Her eyes are brown.
Koda's mother is maternal and protective, as she is willing to give her life to protect her son, Koda. She is generally pacifistic, though she will defend herself when cornered or intimidated.