Just in time to welcome spring, Banff National Park has its first confirmed bear sighting. Alberta’s Rocky Mountain gem posted this photo of a mammoth grizzly known as Bear 122 on its social media streams today.
— Banff National Park (@BanffNP) March 20, 2015
The bear was caught on remote camera just 15 minutes before a resource conservation officer arrived to check this research site, Parks Canada noted on Facebook.
“Please remember to leash dogs, be aware of your surroundings and ensure your bear spray didn’t freeze over the winter,” officials added.
You can learn more about Bear 122, known as “The Boss” and seems to be everybody’s daddy in the national park, in this extensive story in the Calgary Herald.
But not far away, just across the boundary in British Columbia another pretty famous bear beat Bear 122 out of hibernation. Boo, a 12-year-old rescue grizzly, emerged from his den at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden on March 8. (The bear has its own protected enclosure at the ski resort.)
And, his keepers posted this update yesterday. Boo seems to be settling into spring just fine.