Snow is melting, grass is growing and the conservation officers are awaiting the coming of the bears. Steve Michel, a Parks Canada wildlife conflict specialist, has not been bored.
He has been awake since early morning, babysitting the newly collared Bear 130, a mother grizzly surrounded by two crowing cubs. The bear tries to stand, wobbles and falls.
She’s been through quite the ordeal; tranquilized, weighed and fitted with a radio transmitter and GPS tracker that will record her movements at the edges of the park town.