Grouse Mountain’s two resident Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, emerged from hibernation earlier this morning at the Peak of Vancouver.
“It’s always a pleasure to welcome Grinder and Coola out of hibernation to begin exploring their habitat”, said Dr. Ken Macquisten, Refuge Director and Veterinarian.
“Hibernation through the winter is a natural way for Grizzlies to conserve energy during a time of low food availability. As Grinder and Coola continue to explore and our team works to gradually expand their habitat to its full size, we encourage you to stay connected with them virtually until we can safely welcome you back to Grouse Mountain.”
This is the bears’ 19th hibernation period at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
During their 144-day winter dormancy, Grinder and Coola were monitored by Grouse Mountain staff via an infrared camera placed in their hibernation den, and the live feed shared with the public.
The now 19 year old Grizzly bears Grinder and Coola originally came to Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife in 2001 when they were rescued after being orphaned during separate incidents in Bella Coola and Invermere.