michele koons 1967
We both ran track & x-country for the University of Montana. For everyone involved, it was an unforgettable night of crisis, â¦ Dave and I saw a grizzly a few years ago just a mile from Roosevelt Lodge. Thirty-eight were attributed to human causes. Learn how your comment data is processed. Julie graduated from Albert Lea Senior High in 1966 and was a pom-pom girl in the Y-teens, sang in the school choir, and was active in church work. The article goes on to say "Instead, they stuck out their thumbs and hitched a ride toward Granite Park." by friendofmichele » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:19 am, Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited. However, the stable number of females producing cubs in Yellowstone suggests that the park may have reached the “ecological carrying capacity” for grizzlies. In the summer of 1967, one underfed, underweight grizzly in the area had been terrorizing campersâincluding a girl scout troop. 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. Gone are the grizzles that became habituated and lost their fear of human beings. I make noise, pack out my garbage, avoid going alone, and always carry bear spray. Hey Steve! Summer of 1967. Another 600 members of the Ursus arctos horribilis subspecies live in Wyoming in the Yellowstone-Teton area. It is posible that two of the people Michele was with that day knew Roy and Julie. Great to hear from you. 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. Dave: - After her first year of college, Julie went to Glacier Park June 12, 1967 and took a job as laundress at Glacier Park Lodge. No longer do grizzlies scavenge food out of garbage dumps. Bear management was far more lax back in 1967, even though some biologists could see trouble was coming. The ban on carrying weapons in, at least Yellowstone National Park, was lifted in 2010. So they pitched a new campsite along the lake shore, built a bonfire, and tried to settle in for the night. Glacier National Park, Montana. Most men in my area never trust spray and carry into the parks https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm. Thankfully, we had no bear encounter. Within the last few weeks, the Yellowstone grizzly bear has been delisted from its status as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act. since I was in my 20’s, I’ve said there are three potentially deadly things I will respect and am afraid of, grizzly bears, railroad crossings, and …. Mountain bikers are, perhaps, more vulnerable to surprise encounters due to the high rate of speed at which they can approach a grizzly. 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 was the summer of August 1967, â¦ Survival of both grizzlies and humans means learning to adapt and keep at a healthy distance from the other species. About 800 grizzlies live in Montana, including 300 or so in Glacier National Park. Even a bear shot in the vital organs can keep coming. In the summer of 1967, one underfed, underweight grizzly in the area had been terrorizing campersâincluding a girl scout troop. Finally, the goal is to rescue a human from being mauled — not to destroy a bear. Twenty-seven-year-old Bert Gildart, a ranger at Glacier National Park, found the mauled body of Michele Koons. Great point. “We could no longer stand by and either actively feed or allow garbage to be left out for grizzly bears.”. 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. The same night, a different grizzly bear killed another 19-year-old, Michelle Koons, at the Trout Lake campground. We need to learn to live with grizzlies, too. I still remember making eye contact with a park ranger who was on patrol. 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". On August 13, 1967, two grizzly bears mauled Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons to death in Glacier National Park. ... A friend and I were going to go and hike where Michele Koons was mauled to death, I guess you â¦ Second, bear spray is the only safe way to get a grizzly off of a human being during an attack. There are good people (and arguments) on both sides. 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. Four of them escaped to climb nearby trees. 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. Maybe I can help clear some of this up for you. Mangled beyond belief, Koonsâ body made Gildart question everything that he knew about grizzly bears. She told me that they did not know Julie. Where do you serve in Wyoming? 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. I was just in Missoula last week and read an article about the increasing range of grizzly bears in Montana. Last fall, my podcast partner, Dave Goetz, and I fly fished a couple days in Yellowstone National Park. It is a stirring, emotional look at the inexplicable incident that claimed the lives of Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons in 1967. 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. 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. She struggled to unzip her sleeping bag, but the zipper stuck. His sudden death was so tragic & I’ll never forget where I was when one of our former teammates shared the news w/ me. sigh, that will probably be the one that gets me ,,,,, Haha! Thank you for calling us all to steward creation in all areas. Michele Koons, 19, female Killed by Bear attack August 13 1967 After 50 years with no fatalities from bear attacks, 2 females same age, are killed by bears in the same park Glacier National Park on the same day 9 â¦ âA preliminary investigation indicates we probably have the culprits.â The Grizzlies savagely attacked and killed Julie Helgeson of .Albert Lea. Wow! “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. He offers this advice to mountain bikers in grizzly country: Some outdoor enthusiasts prefer carrying a .44 magnum to a canister of bear spray. “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.