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Boo is the local fan favorite of the golden and kicking horse area. He and his brother were orphaned at a about 1 year old when their mother was shot by a poacher in the BC cariboo mountains (the poacher was caught). Since he was rescued as a cub he has not had the proper exposure or training that his mother would have been able to give him in the wild…the refuge is his home.

Boo and his brother cari were brought to this refuge in 2003. Boo’s brother died during hibernation in the winter of 2004 of natural causes. Boo is very much a wild grizzly…he got out of the refuge in 2006 when a female grizzly wandered close by… he courted the female grizzly for over 30 days and on his own accord returned to the refuge….everyone was keeping their eyes open for baby boo’s….but, since Boo has been ‘FIXED’ no baby boo’s will be around :( Big Boo was at it again and he broke out of his refuge in the fall of 2011 looking for love, but has since been returned…go Boo go!

Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear refuge, Golden, British Columbia

(captive animal)


  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyover 4 years ago

    Boo is Big alright!!! WOW!!

  • yes…and this is just after he got out of hibernation, by the fall he is even bigger!

    – JamesA1

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Lovely close up of Big Boo! By looking at him in the photo, one would never guess he is in a refuge. He is sporting a beautiful thick silver tip coat! Very nice work! : )

  • Thanks Sandy! Boo just pulled himself out of his swimming hole and finished shaking his booty…the damp fluffy fur gave that awesome spikey texture detail…it was unexpected, my fav photo :)

    – JamesA1

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture James!

  • Thanks Peaky40!

    – JamesA1

  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! What a great capture, great detail and color.

  • Thanks Jan!

    – JamesA1

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC
    He is magnificent!

  • LinneaJean
    LinneaJeanover 3 years ago

    He is beautiful!

  • Thanks LinneaJean!

    – JamesA1

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 3 years ago

    June 25th, 2011

  • Thanks for the feature Sheri!

    – JamesA1

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenover 3 years ago

    Wow, he’s a big guy! Great capture! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks Tracy! Boo is awesome :)

    – JamesA1

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonabout 3 years ago


  • Thank You Kim!

    – JamesA1

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenalmost 3 years ago

    Wow amazing don’t know how close you were but “wow”! A fave!:)Pat

  • Thanks Pat! I was comfortably standing in a viewing area behind the enclosure, this allowed for some close encounters :)

    – JamesA1

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