Smithsonian Magazine has an article about the incidents leading up to the National Park Service’s treatment of grizzly bears. These incidents changed Park policy forever.
Glacier National Park’s busiest season came to an abrupt halt in the summer of 1967. In a matter of hours, two grizzly bears had acted as they never had before in the park’s 57-year history. Several miles apart, each bear had mauled a young woman on the same day, in the dark, early hours of August 13. 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.
Detailed in National Park Service reports and Jack Olsen’s 1969 book Night of the Grizzlies, these incidents marked Glacier’s first fatal bear maulings. The shocking attacks ushered in a new era for the National Park Service’s management of bears. In Glacier Park and in other parks nationwide, the lessons of that summer live on in warning signs, rules and policies created to avoid repeating the mistakes that led to tragedy 50 years ago.
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Katmai National Park in Alaska has put up a live bear cam (which is presumably more exciting than the dead bear cam) at Brooks Falls to watch bears catch salmon and do other bear-like activities. If there are no bears, there is soothing water fall noises.
You can scroll back to past footage if there is nothing going on presently.
The National Park Service is conducting a missing person’s search within Grand Canyon National Park.
Sarah Beadle, 38 of Fort Worth, TX had reservations to stay at the Bright Angel Campground on Tuesday, August 1 but did not arrive. She was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail and her backpack was found near the junction of the South Kaibab Trail and the River Trail. Beadle was hiking with two children ages 10 and 11 who are safe and accounted for.
Beadle is described as Caucasian female, 5’4″, 130 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. She is thought to be wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Beadle is an experienced backpacker and hiker; she last hiked at Grand Canyon in 2002.
Wow, there are a lot of questions I have about this one. Sure hope they find her.
Well, bummer. A new story says she has been found dead.
According to her husband Scott, Dr. [Sarah] Beadle was hiking in the Grand Canyon with two children, ages 10 and 11, when one of the children began feeling dizzy from heat exhaustion after running out of water. Dr. Beadle’s husband says she left the children in a safe location while she went ahead to get water and help.
“Somewhere along the trail, she made a wrong turn and got lost,” Scott says. “The Park Rangers suspect she died of heat exhaustion. Another hiker found [the children], gave them some water and escorted them to the camp. Search and rescue was notified and I was contacted first thing this (Wednesday) morning.”
[Local News Story]
A man had a scary encounter with a grizzly and her cubs on a trail in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. He films them as he backs away and narrates the action.
[Local News Story]