Grinder and Coola at Grouse Mountain

This will be a first for Grouse Mountain’s resident orphaned grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola: two days ago, they emerged from hibernation into a world free of visitors as the Coronavirus marches on into a second month of community lockdown and physical distancing measures.

Grinder and Coola at Grouse Mountain

On March 16, Grouse suspended its operations until further notice (access to the resort remains prohibited).

Grinder and Coola at Grouse Mountain

The two cubs arrived at Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife in 2001 after being rescued during separate occasions in Bella Coola and Invermere, BC. This weeks ends the bear’s 19th hibernation period at Grouse.

Grinder and Coola at Grouse Mountain

At 19 years of age, both bears are in their prime, are best mates and never stray far from one another! According to Refuge Director and Veterinarian Dr. Ken Macquisten, the public can still track Grinder and Coola’s via Grouse Mountain’s webcams.

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