Hey Steve! My friend charged the bear and shot it with a cloud of bear spray. I watched as a small grizzly tried to escape the people. Then it left him and began tearing away at Julie’s body, eventually dragging her down the dark flank of the mountain where rescuers later found her. When my kids were young their aunt was a wrangler at Roosevelt and we went to see her. I’ve forgotten the third one …. Glacier Park grizzly attacks are, today, not exceptionally rare. ↳   Restaurant Reviews and Recomendations, ↳   Favorite backpacking recipes and food for the Trail, ↳   NPS Website News and Glacier Park Organizations, http://www.dailyinterlake.com/articles/ ... news01.txt. They are crowded as it is. I did want to leave you this link. 1967: The Night Of The Grizzlies. When Michelle Koons, 19, and four other friends arrived at Trout Lake late in the afternoon of Saturday, August 12, it did not take the grizzly long to appear. On August 13, 1967, two grizzly bears mauled Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons to death in Glacier National Park. There is no reason to eliminate a grizzly that attacks in self-defense. by llholmes1948 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:18 am, Post I did the same when I lived in Montana for two decades and hiked and bow-hunted elk in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park. He offers this advice to mountain bikers in grizzly country: Some outdoor enthusiasts prefer carrying a .44 magnum to a canister of bear spray. Two dead. Maybe I can help clear some of this up for you. The grizzlies are learning to do this. Based on the map that accompanied the article, none of my favorite fishing locations are outside of grizzly range. 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Michele Koons and four friends settled in for the night in a campsite … Then, less than a half hour later, it happened again. One morning, we came across a fresh set of grizzly bear tracks. Thanks for your research and work in writing this fantastic article! The fiftieth anniversary of the night of the grizzlies reminds us of the fragile relationship we have with the wild places — whether we’re fly fishers, hunters, hikers, photographers, or mountain-bikers. It is a stirring, emotional look at the inexplicable incident that claimed the lives of Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons in 1967. Glacier National Park, Montana. Wow! The grizzlies were nightly visitors due to a long-standing practice by chalet staff members. But they were 50 years ago, when an unimaginable night of terror unfolded in Montana’s Glacier National Park. He and another ranger loaded about seventeen burlap sacks of garbage onto a Huey helicopter. Grizzlies have killed eight people in Glacier since 1967, most recently in 1998, and most were food-conditioned bears. The surprise encounter resulted in the grizzly mauling and killing Treat. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. On June 29, 2016, in Glacier National Park, Brad Treat, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer, rounded a blind curve on his mountain bike at about 20-25 miles per hour and ran into a grizzly. The same night, a different grizzly bear killed another 19-year-old, Michelle Koons, at the Trout Lake campground. But even in national forests or private land where firearm use is legal, I’ll take a canister of bear spray over a sidearm every time. Patrol ranger Bert Gildart was driving down the highest pass in Glacier National Park just after midnight on Aug. 13, 1967, when a woman's voice suddenly crackled over his two-way radio. Dave: Lawrence: Glacier grizzly gives photographer last photo … Thirty-eight were attributed to human causes. The park hadn't had a recorded incident of a grizzly death since its 1910 creation. Author Jack Olsen later wrote an article and book about the incident called "Night of the Grizzlies." P atrol ranger Bert Gildart was driving down the highest pass in Glacier National Park just after midnight on Aug. 13, 1967, when a woman’s voice suddenly crackled over his two-way radio. Upon researching my source, it turns out that it is quite possible, but inconclusive that they actually knew each other. Most were weapons too small in caliber to effectively repel a Grizzly. Most men in my area never trust spray and carry into the parks https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm. In 1975, grizzly bears were classified as a “threatened species” under the 1973 Endangered Species Act. They carried her to Granite Park Chalet, but she died after doctors staying at the chalet tried to save her life. Great to hear from you. Great article. Defensive attacks, unlike predatory attacks, like those on the night of the grizzlies do not increase the likelihood that the bear will attack again. The basis for my conclusion that they knew each other comes from a quote by Roy Ducat, Julie Helgeson's hiking partner that night in 1967, in Backpacker magazine, August 2007 (Midwest Edition). What an important cautionary tale. Two previous posts raised the question whether victims Michelle Koons and Julie Helgeson knew each other, as stated in the Daily Interlake article of September 21. Chris Servheen, who served on the board that reviewed the tragic death of Brad Treat, cautions mountain bikers to take it slow when their sight-distance is limited. My kids were made to stay in the car but their aunt went to help the ranger that was trying to get people out of the way. I still shudder when I recall a group of tourists in Yellowstone a few years ago standing outside their vehicles — with their young children — about sixty yards from a grizzly. Shortly after midnight on August 13, 1967, a grizzly bear dragged a 19-year old woman, Julie Helgeson, from her sleeping bag and mauled her. Great article & a must read for anyone venturing into grizzly country. She told me that they did not know Julie. Dave and I saw a grizzly a few years ago just a mile from Roosevelt Lodge. The bear walked into camp and stole food as the campers ran along the lake shore to get out of its way. Michele was a very beautiful young lady and her family exudes the same warm personality that Michele … So much so that for a time it was believed to have contributed to what happened to the young women. Ben Goldfarb. So what should outdoor enthusiasts do to help manage grizzly bears and their habitat? Michele Lea Koons: Birthdate: May 15, 1948: Birthplace: Hill Afb, Roy, Ut: Death: August 13, 1967 (19) Glacer National Park (Killed by a grizzly bear) They are confined to particular areas in the intermountain west. Is this true? Post People don’t realize that these are not house pets and will hurt or kill you. Here is a link to an article in today's Interlake: I was a friend of Michele Koons and that day still haunts me as if it happend yesterday. Twenty-seven-year-old Bert Gildart, a ranger at Glacier National Park, found the mauled body of Michele Koons. There are good people (and arguments) on both sides. Twenty-seven-year-old Bert Gildart, a ranger at Glacier National Park, found the mauled body of Michele Koons. KALISPELL (AP) - Aug. 13, 1967, marked one of the most tragic and important events in the history of Glacier National Park. One of them worked at the service station and it is possible that he or his brother had contact with employees from other parts of the Park. Thankfully, we had no bear encounter. The point I wanted to make (but didn’t state it clearly enough) is what the NPS Fact Sheet says: “The new law does not affect existing laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms or hunting Eight miles away, as the crow flies, around 4:30 a.m., another Glacier grizzly dragged another 19-year old woman, Michelle Koons, from her sleeping bag to her death. I was just in Missoula last week and read an article about the increasing range of grizzly bears in Montana. An additional 100 grizzlies live in northern and eastern Idaho. His sudden death was so tragic & I’ll never forget where I was when one of our former teammates shared the news w/ me. Learn how your comment data is processed. Another 600 members of the Ursus arctos horribilis subspecies live in Wyoming in the Yellowstone-Teton area. Several years ago, I bow-hunted elk with a friend in Taylor Fork, a grizzly-dense drainage just north of Yellowstone National Park. Because of some very strange events that occurred this year I was able to meet with Michele's parents as well as her brother and two sisters. Michele Koons and Julie Helgeson were both 19-year-old seasonal park employees. Students and teachers returning to the campus of Kearny High School in San Diego, CA in September 1967 (I was a junior that year) were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Michele Koons, a vivacious, well-liked 1966 graduate, in a bear attack in Glacier National Park in Montana. Thankfully, the sow and her cubs took off running. It was the summer of August 1967, and since the park’s … I am the individual who was quoted in the article as saying they knew each other, and I figured I'd better verify where I obtained that information. So while it is very likely that there were mutual friendships between the groups, it doesn't verify that Julie and Michelle knew each other. So hikers Roy Ducat, 18, and Julie Helgeson, 19, headed to a spot about five-hundred yards from the building. Within the last few weeks, the Yellowstone grizzly bear has been delisted from its status as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act. Michelle Koons did not. Humans must continue to do so as well. I was told that the loud blast of a air horn, like you sometimes see at sporting events, will stop a charging grizzly. According to the National Park Service, “There were 58 known and probable grizzly bear mortalities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in 2016. Some outdoor enthusiasts celebrate this. Iowa Public Television has uploaded Montana PBS' documentary Glacier Park's Night of the Grizzlies to their website and I highly recommend that everyone watch this! In the summer of 1967, one underfed, underweight grizzly in the area had been terrorizing campers–including a girl scout troop. Four of them escaped to climb nearby trees. I make noise, pack out my garbage, avoid going alone, and always carry bear spray. Mangled beyond belief, Koons’ body made Gildart question everything that he knew about grizzly bears. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Thank you for pointing that out. It was the first time in the park’s 57-year history that the usually placid Grizzlies had killed anyone. That same summer of 1967 two Glacier Park Inc. employees were mauled to death by grizzly bears on the same night - about 8 miles apart. Eight crow-flight miles to the southwest on the other side of a majestic mountain peak, Trout Lake had its own garbage problem. Jack Olsen, at the time a senior editor for Sports Illustrated, provided the definitive account of this double-tragedy in his 1969 book, “Night of the Grizzlies.” In 2010, Montana PBS aired a documentary titled Glacier Park’s Night of the Grizzlies, which featured interviews with living survivors of the attack, as well as park officials and hikers involved in the events of that fateful night. Great question. The bear made its way down a hill on to the road and right into a big group of tourists. Park Ranger Leonard Landa looks down at the paw of the grizzly bear believed to have killed Michele Koons in the early hours of Aug. 13, 1967 at Trout Lake in Glacier National Park. Michele Koons was killed by a bear near Trout Lake on Aug. 12, 1967. She struggled to unzip her sleeping bag, but the zipper stuck. It was the summer of August 1967, and since the park’s opening in 1910, dangerous encounters between grizzlies and humans were almost nonexistent. “A preliminary investigation indicates we probably have the culprits.” The Grizzlies savagely attacked and killed Julie Helgeson of .Albert Lea. In the summer of 1967, one underfed, underweight grizzly in the area had been terrorizing campers–including a girl scout troop. I will do more research, as I am now curious what the relationship was. There was lightning the night Michele Koons and Julie Helgeson died. The use is prohibited but not carrying. Unlike the “garbage bears” of the 1960s, this grizzly disappeared and has not developed a pattern of bothering hikers or mountain bikers. “The most distant place in the lower 48 states from the nearest road is 23 miles,” says Douglas Chadwick, a Wildlife Biologist and Conservationist, “which would take a bear a morning to walk out of. 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