1. Education Eco-walks can Include a Visit to the Grizzly Habitat
Grouse Mountain’s resident Grizzly bears, Coola and Grinder, began their winter hibernation at the end of November 2017 and emerged for the summer on April 24, 2018.
Orphaned in 2001, Grinder was found starving and wandering along a logging road near Invermere, BC. Severely emaciated, Grinder weighed only 5kg when he was rescued. In the same year, Coola was rescued near Bella Coola on the BC coast after his mother was killed by a truck.
Now, 17 years later, Coola and Grinder are fully grown and continue to reside at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Each winter, they hibernate within a large den in their habitat. This winter, Coola and Grinder hibernated for 153 days, which is tied for their longest since their arrival on Grouse Mountain.
Education programs can include a Forest Eco-walk to the Grizzly bear habitat; just let us know when you book.