During the past two weeks, the rehabilitation staff have been making preparations to open the gate that connects Bear Yard 1 to Bear Yard 2. There were a few repairs that had to be made, including replacing the protective cap on the swimming pool (destroyed by the bears of 2015), and fixing an issue with the hot wire around yard 1. On February 13, rehabilitator Brie was able to get the last of the fixes in place, and she opened the connecting gate.
At this point, the 13 bears will be allowed to have full range of both yards -- an acre in size. If the staff notice that any bears are picking on one another (particularly Green Tag), an attempt will be made to separate out some of the bears that are having issues.