Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation for 2019 Spring Season

Grizzly Bears Grouse Mountain

Images courtesy of Grouse Mountain. (Photo by Devin Manky)

The bears are back in town! Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, have just emerged from their very long winter nap after after 128 days of hibernation!

The annual awakening of the massive male grizzlies signals the coming of summer adventures, even though skiing and riding still remains open.

Regarded as two of the most popular residents at the Peak of Vancouver, the now 18 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.

Now, you can watch the two playful grizzlies from a safe distance as they roll around in the snow and stretch their legs after a long winter nap.

grizzly bears grouse mountain

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The two grizzlies have been living on Grouse Mountain for 18 years. Each bear has its own story of how they were found as small orphan cubs. Grinder was found in Invermere, BC, where he was wandering alone on a logging road, dehydrated, thin, weak and weighing only 4.5 kg. His mother was never found, so he was taken to live in a new, safe environment on Grouse Mountain. Similarly, Coola was found orphaned on a highway near Bella Coola, BC. His mother had been killed by a truck and, of her three cubs, Coola was the only one to survive.

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Check out the bears in action with the bear webcam!

Learn more about the grizzly bears and their wildlife refuge on the Grouse Mountain website.

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