Grizzly Bear Refuge Report

January 2015 Refuge Report

The snow was slow to come this year but after a nice 21cm fall over a three day period earlier this month, the slopes are looking & skiing quite nicely. Temperatures have been mild this month but those milder temperatures have not bothered Boo and in fact little activity has been spotted by the refuge team from the den camera. Boo has only taken to changing positions as he sleeps, no play activity has begun yet in his den but as the winter days go by and spring slowly approaches, activity is expected to be seen from Boo within his den.
Hibernating bears are truly remarkable, their entire hibernation period they do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate. A bear’s body will slowly break down the fat they’ve stored over fall for the winter months. That fat is turned to proteins & hydration for the body. Shivering breaks down the fat, burning 4000 calories a day expelling fat cells used up through their breath like humans do. Waste produced by the body is recycled to prevent toxicities forming within the blood stream and prevents poisoning of the body. All of this occurs for a period of 4 to 6 months which is the typical length of hibernation for bears in the Canadian Rockies.
We hope you are keeping warm this winter season and playing safe. Follow facebook? So does Boo Grizzly. Follow Boo through all his adventures & the latest updates from him & his caregivers.
Happy New Year from Boo to you!! Wishing all a happy and healthy new year :)

Nicole Gangnon, Grizzly Bear Refuge Wildlife Ranger