I make noise, pack out my garbage, avoid going alone, and always carry bear spray. 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. Well, they don’t actually roam any longer. Thanks, Dace, for sharing this. Michele Koons was killed by a bear near Trout Lake on Aug. 12, 1967. Thankfully, the sow and her cubs took off running. They dumped garbage and leftover food at a site about two-hundred yards from the building. There was lightning the night Michele Koons and Julie Helgeson died. 1967: The Night Of The Grizzlies ... â August 4, 2020. The same night, a different grizzly bear killed another 19-year-old, Michelle Koons, at the Trout Lake campground. What an important cautionary tale. Shortly after midnight, Roy heard Julie whisper, “Play dead.” Suddenly, a blow from a grizzly bear paw knocked him five feet away. Granite Park Chalet sits just below timberline at the hub of several back-country trails. The bear began biting into his right shoulder. It is posible that two of the people Michele was with that day knew Roy and Julie. Let us know if you figure out that third one … before it gets you . Michele was a very beautiful young lady and her family exudes the same warm personality that Michele â¦ 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". Granite Park Chalet was full at sunset on Saturday, August, 12. A place for discussing all things Glacier! I will always carry bear spray when fly fishing these places. 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. The surprise encounter resulted in the grizzly mauling and killing Treat. 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! About 800 grizzlies live in Montana, including 300 or so in Glacier National Park. Michele Koons and Julie Helgeson were both 19-year-old seasonal park employees. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I talked to Judy (I will leave her last name out) who was Michele's roommate at Lake Mcdonald. I will do more research, as I am now curious what the relationship was. 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. Killed were Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons. The ranger and my kids aunt ran grabbed the kid who was right in the scared path of the bear. 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. “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. It was the summer of August 1967, and since the parkâs opening in 1910, dangerous encounters between grizzlies and humans were almost nonexistent. Gone are the grizzles that became habituated and lost their fear of human beings. Today, about 1500 grizzly bears roam in the lower 48 states. Same night. 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. 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 by llholmes1948 » Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:06 pm, Post Where do you serve in Wyoming? For everyone involved, it was an unforgettable night of crisis, â¦ We must continue to listen to each other and work together to insure management practices which will allow grizzlies and humans to co-exist. 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. Four of them escaped to climb nearby trees. Required fields are marked *. The bear came up onto the road and the people ran. KALISPELL (AP) - Aug. 13, 1967, marked one of the most tragic and important events in the history of Glacier National Park. Of course, firearm use is prohibited in Glacier or Yellowstone National Parks. Within the last few weeks, the Yellowstone grizzly bear has been delisted from its status as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act. As a Wyoming pastor it spoke volumes!!! The park hadn't had a recorded incident of a grizzly death since its 1910 creation.
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