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Boo settles down for a long winter’s nap in Golden

Boo lives at the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Boo folicks in the snow before his nap at the Grizzly Bear Refuge near Golden. (Instagram)

The snow is falling the time has come for Boo to rest his weary head after a summer of fun in the sun.

The Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is preparing for their celebrity to enter his winter dormancy.

According to the refuge, when temperatures drop this period grizzly bears can slow their heart rate to about 8 bpm, respiratory rate to about one to three breaths per minute, and body temp to about 31 C.

“The bears have a shivering reflex that allows them to keep their muscles working during sustained inactivity,” said the refuge.

In Golden, bears will start to emerge again in late March and early April.

However, the refuge will ensure to keep Boo fans updated on how his slumber is progressing.

The refuge is closed for the season and will open again in the spring of 2024. Boo is a social media icon, with more than 7,000 followers on Instagram. The grizzly lives in a 20-acre area where he plays, forages and explores within this natural mountainside habitat just like his wild cousins.

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Jen Zielinski

About the Author: Jen Zielinski

Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.
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