This afternoon marked a favourite day of bears, staff and guests here at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
Grinder and Coola, our two resident Grizzly Bears, left their hibernation habitat for the fresh snow, melted ponds and deep trees of their 2.5 acre Upper Pond Habitat. This is simply stage two of their emergence from hibernation.
Since they came out of hibernation in mid-April, Grinder and Coola have been living in their hibernation habitat while we prepared their upper pond space. Today we had it ready for them and they loved stretching their legs by running around the large area, sliding down the fresh snow hills and of course having their very first full bath of the season in their ponds!
It looked like so much fun and was quickly followed up by some play wrestle sessions to spend that extra excited energy! Next up will be Lower Pond, another large area that together with this one makes their full summer habitat. We're hoping to have it ready by June!
Be sure to stop by and catch the antics of these two lively boys as they continue to renovate and move in for what is sure to be an amazing summer!