(North Vancouver) Cheers greeted Grouse Mountain’s resident Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, as they emerged from
hibernation this morning at The Peak of Vancouver.
The awakening concludes the bears’ 21st hibernation period at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
During their 171-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 was shared with the public on the Grouse Mountain website
hibernation period is the bears’ longest since their arrival at Grouse Mountain, surpassing last year’s record by one day.
“We’re excited to welcome Grinder and Coola out of hibernation and to watch them explore their habitat,” said Dr. Ken
Macquisten, Wildlife 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 our team works to gradually expand their habitat to its full size,
we welcome guests to visit the bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and stay connected with
from around the world.”
Regarded as two of the most popular residents at The Peak of Vancouver, 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.
Grinder was found in 2001 in Invermere, BC. He was wandering alone on a logging road, dehydrated, thin, weak and
weighing only 4.5 kg. His mother was never found so we’ll probably never know why he was alone. Grinder is outgoing and
high-spirited. He has established himself as the dominant bear despite his smaller size. If you see Grinder and Coola play
fighting, you can bet he started it.
In 2001, 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. Coola is an easygoing bear who’s content to let Grinder take the lead in new
discoveries. He can usually be found submerged up to his neck in the large pond, carefully feeling around for his
underwater 'bath toys' - a log, large bone and favourite rock.
About Grouse Mountain
As part of Northland Properties, Grouse Mountain is proudly local, family-owned and operated. Grouse Mountain is the
number one visitor attraction in the Lower Mainland, with 1.3 million annual visitors. Known as The Peak of Vancouver,
Grouse Mountain offers unparalleled panoramic views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains, along with a wide range
of year-round outdoor and educational activities, dining and more. For more information, please visit grousemountain.com.
For more information, please contact:
Grouse Mountain Resorts