Temperatures are slowly beginning to rise across metro Vancouver, leading to Grouse Mountain’s residential bears awakening from hibernation.
Sunshine greeted Grinder and Coola, as they excitedly emerged from hibernation this morning at the Peak of Vancouver.
This concludes the bears’ 16th hibernation period. Furthermore, it is the second longest since their arrival at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
Staff monitored the bear’s hibernation throughout the winter via an infrared camera placed in their hibernation den.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Grinder and Coola out of their 16th hibernation period and watch them playfully explore their habitat”, said Dr. Ken Macquisten, Refuge Director and Veterinarian. “The annual awakening of the massive male Grizzlies signals the coming of summer adventures and we are pleased to invite guests to visit us at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.”
Separate incidents in Bella Coola and Invermere left both bears as orphans. As a result, Grinder and Coola made Grouse Mountain their home in 2001.