Spring 2019 Refuge Report
Welcome to Spring, Boo!
A true sign of spring is the news of bears emerging from their dens onto the still, snow-covered slopes of the mountains. On March 16th around 11 AM Boo emerged from within his man-made den for the first time this year and for refuge staff, it marks the 1st day of spring regardless of the calendar date.
Boo’s den warmed up to a balmy 1.4 degrees Celsius and for a bear with a double fur coat and 15cms of fat, that is simply too warm to remain one's bedroom. As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, Boo spends much of his day lazing in the glorious sunshine as he begins to regain his energy & activity levels. Once the ski hill closes its doors for the ski season, Boo will be allowed to roam his 20 acre enclosure but for now, Boo shall remain within his winter yard for his safety & the safety of our guests.
On May 18th to the 20th the resort will open for a sneak peak of the bear refuge where the public will be welcomed to learn all about Boo and bears in general. The resort will open its doors for 7 day operations beginning May 25th. We look forward to welcoming all bear enthusiasts alike for our summer 2019 season.
Grizzly Bear Refuge Manager - Nicole Gangnon