I will do more research, as I am now curious what the relationship was. One morning, we came across a fresh set of grizzly bear tracks. Most men in my area never trust spray and carry into the parks https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm. Summer of 1967. Ben Goldfarb. Two separate grizzly attacks. Where do you serve in Wyoming? ↳ 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. I have seen several people carry openly in the Park. Survival of both grizzlies and humans means learning to adapt and keep at a healthy distance from the other species. My heart still aches for his wife & family who have to live with the daily reality of his passing. The bear dragged her away and mutilated her. We must continue to listen to each other and work together to insure management practices which will allow grizzlies and humans to co-exist. She told me that they did not know Julie. We need to learn to live with grizzlies, too. Great article & a must read for anyone venturing into grizzly country. Thirty-eight were attributed to human causes. One couple left their young child and ran. Defensive attacks, unlike predatory attacks, like those on the night of the grizzlies do not increase the likelihood that the bear will attack again. They dumped garbage and leftover food at a site about two-hundred yards from the building. About 800 grizzlies live in Montana, including 300 or so in Glacier National Park. 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. It was the first time in the parkâs 57-year history that the usually placid Grizzlies had killed anyone. But in the mid-1960s, hikers trekked to the chalet to view grizzly bears. 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. We saw a lot of grizzly sign—both scat and overturned logs and rocks—but never encountered a bear. 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. Finally, the goal is to rescue a human from being mauled — not to destroy a bear. âA preliminary investigation indicates we probably have the culprits.â The Grizzlies savagely attacked and killed Julie Helgeson of .Albert Lea. But they were 50 years ago, when an unimaginable night of terror unfolded in Montana’s Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park, Montana. Nor did it attempt to cache the body by covering it with dirt or rocks. Thanks for your research and work in writing this fantastic article! They are confined to particular areas in the intermountain west. It is posible that two of the people Michele was with that day knew Roy and Julie. While driving with their aunt we ran into a bear jam. Required fields are marked *. Michele Koons was killed by a bear near Trout Lake on Aug. 12, 1967. Michelle Koons did not. 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. There was no way my friend could have attempted a shot at the grizzly without the risk of shooting the surgeon he was trying to protect. If you want Judy's address just send me a private message and I will forward it to you. Dave: Thankfully, the policies implemented in both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks following the “night of the grizzlies” have limited grizzly attacks mainly to surprise encounters rather than predatory aggression. 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) âThe 1967 maulings changed everything,â Gildart said recently. 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. Mangled beyond belief, Koonsâ body made Gildart question everything that he knew about grizzly bears. Your email address will not be published. Upon researching my source, it turns out that it is quite possible, but inconclusive that they actually knew each other. Two dead. “The incidents that night were the catalyst for the move into a whole new era of grizzly bear management,” recalls Jack Potter, Chief of Science and Resources Management in Glacier National Park. “We could no longer stand by and either actively feed or allow garbage to be left out for grizzly bears.”. Glacier National Park ranger Leonard Landa with the grizzly bear that killed Michelle Koons in 1967 at Trout Lake. Two 19-year-olds, Julie Helgeson, from Minnesota, and Michele Koons, from California, were both asleep under the big sky of northwest Montana, when grizzly bears found them and carried them off. sigh, that will probably be the one that gets me ,,,,, Haha! 19 Cedar Ln, New York Mills, NY 13417. Twenty-seven-year-old Bert Gildart, a ranger at Glacier National Park, found the mauled body of Michele Koons. Four were of undetermined cause, 4 were natural deaths, and 14 [are] still under investigation.”. There are, of course, more complex issues related to grizzly bear management. Most were weapons too small in caliber to effectively repel a Grizzly. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I was a friend of Michele Koons and that day still haunts me as if it happend yesterday. Gone are the grizzles that became habituated and lost their fear of human beings. Rather, it has learned that it can obtain food from people either by raiding campgrounds, bullying hikers, or - worst case scenario - using people as food, evidenced by the brutal deaths of Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons in Glacier National Park in 1967â¦ Twenty-seven-year-old Bert Gildart, a ranger at Glacier National Park, found the mauled body of Michele Koons. ... A friend and I were going to go and hike where Michele Koons was mauled to death, I guess you â¦ He offers this advice to mountain bikers in grizzly country: Some outdoor enthusiasts prefer carrying a .44 magnum to a canister of bear spray. Julie worked at Glacier Park Lodge and Michele worked at Lake McDonald Lodge. The bear attacked the surgeon, eventually breaking his fibula, ripping gashes in his thigh and arm, and tearing off his ear. Based on the map that accompanied the article, none of my favorite fishing locations are outside of grizzly range. In fact, he expressed sympathy for them. 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. Thankfully, we had no bear encounter. It was the summer of August 1967, and since the parkâs â¦ 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. He returned my glance with a shrug and a look which seemed to communicate, “I’m not happy about this either, but there’s not much I can do.”. 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. Michele was a very beautiful young lady and her family exudes the same warm personality that Michele â¦ So hikers Roy Ducat, 18, and Julie Helgeson, 19, headed to a spot about five-hundred yards from the building. First, while its effects are temporary, bear spray usually incapacitates a grizzly instantly. Some outdoor enthusiasts celebrate this. In the summer of 1967, one underfed, underweight grizzly in the area had been terrorizing campersâincluding a girl scout troop. Thank you for pointing that out. The ranger and my kids aunt ran grabbed the kid who was right in the scared path of the bear. I was just in Missoula last week and read an article about the increasing range of grizzly bears in Montana. 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. A place to talk about Glacier in general, if you have something that is political, please post it in the "Politics" section of the chat system. No amount of management can make the wilds a danger-free zone. Then shortly after 4:30 a.m., it returned and attacked the campers. The grizzlies were nightly visitors due to a long-standing practice by chalet staff members. The group debated hiking out, but it was late in the day. I was told that the loud blast of a air horn, like you sometimes see at sporting events, will stop a charging grizzly. There is no big wild left out there. P atrol ranger Bert Gildart was driving down the highest pass in Glacier National Park just after midnight on Aug. 13, 1967, when a womanâs voice suddenly crackled over his two-way radio. Mangled beyond belief, Koonsâ body made Gildart question everything that he knew about grizzly bears. Ps. What an important cautionary tale. I will always carry bear spray when fly fishing these places. She died four hours later at 4:12 a.m. That was the way Paul R. Dunn, remembered the grizzly bear attack that killed 19-yearold Michele Koons of San Diego, Calif., in Glacier National Park yesterday. Minn., and Michelle Koons of San Diego, Calif., in separate incidents early Sunday. My children were not happy when I refused to let them get out and join the crowd of onlookers. 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. Unlike the “garbage bears” of the 1960s, this grizzly disappeared and has not developed a pattern of bothering hikers or mountain bikers. Several years ago, I bow-hunted elk with a friend in Taylor Fork, a grizzly-dense drainage just north of Yellowstone National Park. Michele Koons, 19, female August 13, 1967 Wild Glacier National Park, Montana Koons was camping with a group at the Trout Lake campsite. In the summer of 1967, one underfed, underweight grizzly in the area had been terrorizing campers–including a girl scout troop. 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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). Hey Steve! Another 600 members of the Ursus arctos horribilis subspecies live in Wyoming in the Yellowstone-Teton area. It provides a breath-taking panoramic view of ice-capped mountains. Maybe I can help clear some of this up for you. Then, less than a half hour later, it happened again. The bear came up onto the road and the people ran. 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. We both ran track & x-country for the University of Montana. The bear walked into camp and stole food as the campers ran along the lake shore to get out of its way. 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 Author Jack Olsen later wrote an article and book about the incident called "Night of the Grizzlies." Grizzlies have killed eight people in Glacier since 1967, most recently in 1998, and most were food-conditioned bears. His sudden death was so tragic & I’ll never forget where I was when one of our former teammates shared the news w/ me. They are crowded as it is. Great to hear from you. The park hadn't had a recorded incident of a grizzly death since its 1910 creation. An article by Jim Gorman quotes Roy Ducat as saying in recalling the tragic night, "We were going to go with the group that got attacked at Trout Lake, but we'd been there a couple of weekends before". by glacieraddict » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:14 pm, Post (Photo: Bert Gildart) Ben Goldfarb. Today, about 1500 grizzly bears roam in the lower 48 states. I did want to leave you this link. It is a stirring, emotional look at the inexplicable incident that claimed the lives of Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons in 1967. Michele Koons and Julie Helgeson were both 19-year-old seasonal park employees. 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! - After her first year of college, Julie went to Glacier Park June 12, 1967 and took a job as laundress at Glacier Park Lodge. Hikers left behind their trash and unused food, so bears treated the area like a feeding ground. 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. Same night. Others are outraged. The bear made its way down a hill on to the road and right into a big group of tourists. As a Wyoming pastor it spoke volumes!!! Granite Park Chalet sits just below timberline at the hub of several back-country trails. I’ve forgotten the third one …. They carried her to Granite Park Chalet, but she died after doctors staying at the chalet tried to save her life. No longer do grizzlies scavenge food out of garbage dumps. Food conditioning is dangerous because a food conditioned bear has not learned to tolerate people. Well, they don’t actually roam any longer. The combined number of grizzlies in Montana and Wyoming includes the 690 in Yellowstone National Park. Lawrence: Glacier grizzly gives photographer last photo â¦ Aug 11, 2017. On August 13, 1967, two grizzly bears mauled Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons to death in Glacier National Park. She screamed when the bear approached her. Bear management was far more lax back in 1967, even though some biologists could see trouble was coming. My friend charged the bear and shot it with a cloud of bear spray. I talked to Judy (I will leave her last name out) who was Michele's roommate at Lake Mcdonald. 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. This has been followed by a decline to 690 bears in 2016. But a week later, two fly fishers a few miles from where we were was fishing stumbled into a grizzly bear and narrowly escaped when it charged them. The same night, a different grizzly bear killed another 19-year-old, Michelle Koons, at the Trout Lake campground. 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.
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