They’d arrived the day before, excited for three days of cooking over a campfire and sleeping under the stars. Lastly, “presenters” can present their group’s research to the class. The bear was emaciated and was also found to have glass in its gums. Quantity available: 1. Hours before, Koons and her friends had hiked to Trout Lake, passing a group that warned them about a bear. The text was originally published in May 1969 as a three-part article for Sports Illustrated as "The Grizzly Bear Murder Case". But Steve and John quickly escaped the honking cars, crowds of hikers, and trash-covered trails. Ducat was awakened by Helgeson, who whispered a bear was nearby and they should stay as still as possible; despite this, the bear approached them and mauled them both. They prayed the grizzly wouldn’t chase after them. [17], This article is about the book, for the unrelated 1966 movie, see, List of fatal bear attacks in North America, "Grizzlies turn killer – two girls die, youth mauled", "Night of the Grizzlies: Lessons learned in 50 years since attacks", "Rangers Theorize Lightning Caused Two Grizzlies To Attack Trio", "The Grizzly Bear Murder Case Part III: End—or beginning? Softcover. Two 14-year-old boys, Steve Ashlock and John Cook, were enjoying a fishing trip in Montana’s Glacier National Park. But no amount of yelling could chase it away. Truly, Night of the Grizzlies is the scariest thing I’ve ever read – Stephen King couldn’t come up with a better description of a bear attack. In the 57 years that had passed since the park’s opening, no grizzlies had ever killed a human within the park. Some people in the park were even using garbage and leftover food as bait for grizzlies. This was happening every night at a hotel called the Granite Park Chalet. By the time John and Steve were growing up in Montana, fewer than 1,000 grizzlies remained in the lower 48 states. The boys shouted at the bear, hoping that their voices would scare it off. Terror was just ahead. The other bear was in even worse shape. (If teaching remotely, share your screen as you show it.) For years, rangers and park leaders had known trash was a problem. Their jaws can chomp through metal and bone. They can also listen to the Author Read-Aloud. News & Features Lessons From Night of the Grizzlies The unthinkable tragedy that unfolded 50 years ago in Glacier National Park claimed the lives of … August 12th will be the 45th anniversary of the tragedy known as "The night of the grizzly" I was wondering if anyone here knew of any of the people involved at either Granite Park or Trout Lake. Each group had its own languages, customs, and beliefs. Ex-lawman Jim Cole retires to Wyoming to farm his land, but a land-greedy neighbor, an ex-con turned bounty hunter, and a vicious grizzly bear upset his retirement plans. Two weeks later, they’d realize that they had been lucky to escape with their lives. Night of the Grizzlies (1969) is a book by Jack Olsen which details events surrounding the night of August 13, 1967, when two young women were separately attacked and killed in Glacier National Park, Montana, by grizzly bears. The bears attacked the women as they slept in their tents. Yet no action was taken. [13] One specialist at the time calculated the odds were greater than 1 in a million for a single attack but the odds of two separate attacks in a 4 hour time span were beyond measure; these odds were calculated based on the 57-year history of no fatal attacks. How was it possible that in a single night, two grizzlies had become killers? Want to Read. (Some suggestions: the passage in “Grizzly Show” describing the garbage pit and the passage in “Shocking News” about park workers knowing garbage was a problem and not acting). Both women, Julie Helgeson, 19, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Michele Koons, 19, of San Diego, California, died of their injuries. Steve and John understood that grizzlies could be dangerous. They threw on their boots and ran, praying the grizzly wouldn’t chase after them. With Clint Walker, Martha Hyer, Keenan Wynn, Nancy Kulp. This dramatic and tragic story, and how it eventually influenced the fate of the grizzly bear in And so John and Steve didn’t feel afraid on that July evening when they spotted grizzly bears sipping cool water from Trout Lake.