Grouse Mountain grizzly bears awaken from hibernation (PHOTOS)

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Grizzly bears Grinder and Coola have awaken after a hibernation period of 139 days, their thirteenth hibernation at Grouse Mountain.

Over the past few days, resort staff have been busily working to convert a part of the ski area into their outdoor hibernation area.

The doors to their den were opened today for the first time in 2014, and within seconds Grinder began digging at the snow. Coola also joined Grinder to dig a hole to the surface of the snow.

After racing around in their habitat and some playful wrestling sessions, the bears began to explore good places to dig their first snow caves of the year.

Both orphans have lived at Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife since 2001. Grinder weighted just 4.5 kg when he was orphaned, while Coola’s mother and siblings were killed after a crash on a highway near Bella Coola.

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