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Adorable video of bear cubs wrestling heralds spring’s arrival in Alberta

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WATCH: With the snow melted away and the sun over Alberta, wildlife is returning to Waterton Lakes National Park. But the animals face a real threat following last summer's Kenow wildfire. As Kyle Benning reports, with a lot of the park's vegetation turned to ash, the wildlife could struggle to find food this summer – May 4, 2018

Spring has finally arrived in Alberta and a few rambunctious bear cubs at Waterton Lakes National Park could not be more excited.

The adorable animals were spotted by Global News on Thursday, May 3 while touring the park.

READ MORE: Parks Canada images show wildlife after Waterton wildfire

A human-wildlife coexistence specialist for Parks Canada said the cubs are no older than two months.

There are about four bear cubs in the area right now, he said. Typically, between 30 and 50 per cent of all bear cubs born in the region won’t live until adulthood. That percentage could be higher this year, since some habitat — and food sources — was destroyed in the Kenow wildfire last September.

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Click to play video: 'Bear cubs playfully wrestle in Waterton Lakes National Park' Bear cubs playfully wrestle in Waterton Lakes National Park
Bear cubs playfully wrestle in Waterton Lakes National Park – May 4, 2018

Parks Canada says the blaze affected 38 per cent of the park and 50 per cent of its vegetation.

READ MORE: Significant portion of Waterton Lakes National Park closed for 2018 season 

“Bears are quite resilient,” Rafla said. “They’re like people; they will pretty much eat anything. Bears that did survive that we knew about are persisting in their same habitat and territories.”

“Now that the land is already starting to rejuvenate, we’re seeing animals back in the landscape.”

READ MORE: Waterton Lakes businesses ready for 2018 peak season after Kenow wildfire

Waterton Lakes National Park is open for the 2018 season, but there are some significant closures in place due to fire damage.

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Rafla had a word of caution for any potential visitors.

“People are going to see wildlife. I guess the message to drive home … but particularly this year, after a fire and the land has changed and maybe those food sources aren’t as predictable — is to be really aware as a visitor that these animals might have a bit more challenge finding food and to be a bit more respectful in the wildlife and giving them space too.”

More information about Waterton Lakes National Park’s 2018 season can be found here.

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Bear cubs wrestle at Waterton Lakes National Park on May 3, 2018. Global News
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Bear cubs wrestle at Waterton Lakes National Park on May 3, 2018. Global News
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Bear cubs wrestle at Waterton Lakes National Park on May 3, 2018. Global News
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Some bear cubs playfully fight in Waterton Lakes National Park. Kyle Benning/Global News
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Bear cubs wrestle at Waterton Lakes National Park on May 3, 2018. Global News

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