Spring 2017 Refuge Report
It’s bear season! Time to start practicing your bear aware skills, here’s a friendly reminder of do’s and don’ts from every ones favorite Grizzly Bear, Boo!
Spring is upon us & a sure fire way the GBR team knows is the day Boo first emerges from his winter den after a long winter’s nap. This year that date occurred for us on the 19th of March. Some may find this early but in fact it is not the earliest Boo or wild bears have awoken from their slumber. When bears emerge from their dens in the spring, boars & solo females are typically the first to exit. Sows with cubs will emerge sometimes up to an entire month after those solo females & independent boars. Bears awake hungry however, bears will den with extra fat stored to suffice their survival through the early harsh part of spring where food is its scarcest. Grizzlies that emerge in the alpine have been known to scour avalanche paths in search of a carcass, what a jack pot find for a hungry spring bear.
With bears beginning to emerge, we all need to exercise our bear smarts. Remember to keep all attractants away, this can include but is not limited to pet food, bird feeders, garbage & recycle bins. Keep barbeques clean & away or covered if moving it to a secured location is not possible. Carrying bear spray while hiking, biking, or accessing the slack/back country for spring touring is also a smart choice. Although humans are not perceived as a food source, a hungry bear can become a hangry bear & we can all relate with being hangry. When travelling in bear country, travel in groups, make noise & every person in your party should be carrying their own can of bear spray. It’s a light weight, effective tool that will deter a bear from becoming aggressive toward you. Know how to use bear spray in the event you need to use it & always carry your can where you can easily access it. Do not keep it in a pack on your back; keep it on your hip.
Join us May 20th when the Grizzly Bear Refuge will be open for the first time of the 2017 season. Meet Boo & see where he lives. Learn his story & how he came to live with us at Kicking Horse. Get the bear essentials on all things bear related from our knowledgeable guides & leave with a new found love & respect for our Canadian Grizzlies.
Grizzly Bear Refuge Manager - Nicole Gangnon