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Banff just got its first grizzly bear sighting of the year which means spring is almost here

Grab your sunglasses, because Canada is finally getting some spring weather; Alberta's first grizzly bear has come out of hibernation, signalling warmer days to come.

On Tuesday, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism reported the sighting, saying, "Rise and shine, sleepyheads! The first grizzly bear sighting in Banff National Park in 2020 was this week."

The male grizzly bear was spotted west of Banff by a conservation officer on February 28: the earliest a grizzly has emerged from hibernation in a decade.

The officer believes the bear is either The Boss — typically the first grizzly out of the den — or Split Lip.

Despite how adorable the sleepy bear is, Banff National Park reminded Canadians to remain vigilant and to always carry bear spray while hiking in the Rockies.

Of course, this isn't Alberta's first official bear sighting; Calgary Zoo bear Skoki temporarily came out of hibernation in January, but returned to his nap once he realized his fellow grizzlies were still snoozing.

Although Canada's spring is shaping up to be turbulent, the Weather Network says that Canadians can look forward to "periods of warmer than normal weather."

Hopefully Canadians can finally break out their shorts and sunscreen in the next few weeks.

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Banff National Park

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