[3], Several park rangers had previously filed a report after observing on August 9 that bears were feeding on garbage generated by the Granite Park Chalet and campers; this was possibly a deliberate attempt to attract tourists,[3] as the main attraction at the Chalet were the grizzlies. Access this article and hundreds more like it with a subscription to Storyworks magazine. The attacks happened 7 miles apart. Buy Night of the Grizzlies by Jack Olsen online at Alibris. Unlike black bears, which could once be found all across America, grizzlies lived only in the West. [6], The first attack was reported around midnight at the Granite Park Chalet. To the Hopi people, bears were sacred creatures with amazing powers of healing. Suddenly, a strange sound caught their attention. Directed by Joseph Pevney. Kirkus Reviews called the book "the kind of horror story you can't put down. They hiked 4 miles through the darkness. [3][4][5]:48 Other experts thought the bears may have mistaken the sleeping bags for food containers. Guests would then crowd onto a balcony, clapping and shouting as they watched grizzlies fight over leftover hot dogs and chili. Grizzly bears eat almost anything, including: Write a story that a grizzly bear living in Glacier National Park could tell her cubs about how things have changed for bears in the park since 1967 and why. And ideas about grizzlies—and humans—would never be the same. ELL students may not have prior knowledge about grizzly bears. Potential sources can include buying guides for Night Of The Grizzlies, rating websites, word-of-mouth testimonials, online forums, and product reviews. (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). They can also listen to the Author Read-Aloud. Bears that eat human food and garbage can lose their natural fear of humans, which puts them—and humans— at risk. Some grizzlies had lost their natural fear of humans. The first people arrived more than 12,000 years ago. The article describes a night in 1967 when two grizzly bears attacked humans—and the changes that resulted from those attacks. America’s first people formed dozens of nations and tribes. [3], On orders from park management, rangers were armed and told to shoot any bear they found at Trout Lake and Granite Park Chalet. Have students do a short research project on grizzly bears. Terror was just ahead. That’s faster than any Olympic sprinter. Students could select an endangered animal, research it further, and write a brief report. Tens of thousands of the bears were shot and poisoned. Find the audio read-aloud in your Resources tab.Â. Best of all: They spotted a group of bears that came to the lake for a drink. In fact, the bears are highly intelligent, with excellent memories. It was starving and had broken glass in its teeth. Many of America’s first people came to see these bears as sacred creatures. See the Contest Page for details. Want to hear this story read aloud by a Storyworks writer? In the 57 years between Glacier National Park’s founding and 1967, its resident grizzlies had … Back then, tens of thousands of grizzlies lived here. For these bears, humans had become a source of food. Grizzlies have lived in North America much longer than humans. You are being redirecting to Scholastic's authentication page... For more support materials, visit our Help Center. They set up their campsite and fished. Quantity available: 1. By the mid-1900s, scientists had come to understand that grizzlies were not mindless monsters. Some were the smaller and more common black bears. Those new rules led to lasting change. He and other rangers had been hearing about that strange grizzly all summer. I’m very glad to hear that the result of that terrible night was much better management by the Parks. Have students read “How to Save a Baby Orangutan” from our October/November 2019 issue. For more than half a century, grizzly bears roamed free in the nati By the time John and Steve were growing up in Montana, fewer than 1,000 grizzlies remained in the lower 48 states. In Glacier’s 57-year history, there had never been a single deadly grizzly bear attack. They knew that grizzlies usually stayed away from humans. [9][15][5] A 37-page prologue was added for the book. All animals were protected by law. They hiked several miles up to Trout Lake. Based on the terrifying true events. The text weaves together narrative and informational passages. Afterward, have students select one of their reflections to share aloud with the class. (Grizzled means streaked with gray.). The other bear was in even worse shape. In Glacier, some grizzlies started to depend on garbage for survival. Night of the Grizzlies (Signet) Jack Olsen. The man was not surprised. Some grizzlies had lost their natural fear of humans and were behaving aggressively. In the 57 years that had passed since the park’s opening, no grizzlies had ever killed a human within the park. Grizzlies have lived in North America for about 50,000 years—far longer than humans have. Yet, the young campers proved unphased. With Clint Walker, Martha Hyer, Keenan Wynn, Nancy Kulp. They looked over at their campsite. But Steve and John quickly escaped the honking cars, crowds of hikers, and trash-covered trails. The bears attacked the women as they slept in their tents. Send it to “Grizzlies Contest” by December 1, 2020. [3], The second attack was reported around 4 AM at Trout Lake; Koons had gone camping there with four friends, and all five worked at the Lake McDonald Lodge. The other bear was in even worse shape. How was it possible that in a single night, two grizzlies had become killers? By the mid-1900s, scientists had come to understand that grizzlies were not monsters. But it is unusual for a grizzly to use its deadly powers on a human. Actually, it was the garbage that people were leaving all over the park. [3][10], The book's name has become the popular name for the maulings of August 13. This past year, more than 3 million people visited Glacier. Convert currency. [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. Sadly, it took the tragedy to get us to realize "we, people and our practices" were the root of the bear problem. If a grizzly was seen near a trail, the trail would be closed. Check out Storyworks At Home for our favorite stories and tools to kick off your year. Steve and John understood that grizzlies could be dangerous. Tens of thousands of the bears were shot and poisoned. They looked over at their campsite. The attacks were not related; they happened 7 miles apart. During the night, two 19-year-old women had been killed by two different grizzly bears. But the real problem wasn’t the bears. Glacier had been packed with visitors all summer. Guests would then crowd onto a balcony. Grizzlies do have fearsome powers. It was the garbage in the park that had turned the grizzlies into killers. In Glacier, their favorite treats are chubby little squirrels called marmots. The last bear was killed at the Chalet; she was a sow with two cubs, and was blamed for Helgeson's death because of the presence of blood on her claws. 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. They threw on their boots and ran. Put students in groups, either in your classroom or in virtual breakout rooms. The first people arrived more than 12,000 years ago. On a summer night in 1967, a tragedy in Glacier National Park would transform the way we care for wild places. Subscribers receive access to the website and print magazine. The article mentions Native American peoples: the Cheyenne and the Hopi. That’s faster than any Olympic sprinter.Â, Invite students to browse through the article, looking at the pictures, captions, map, and sidebar. Her front paw was badly torn, likely from broken glass. Neither grizzly had been surprised or threatened by people. They hiked several miles up to Trout Lake, one of the glittering lakes set among Glacier’s thick forests and rugged mountains. Today, such practices are banned. Performance 5 out of 5 stars. They were basically giant garbage heaps. The boys knew something about this bear seemed unusual—and dangerous. Some of these stories made grizzlies seem like monsters— mindless killers with a taste for human flesh. Softcover. Story 5 out of 5 stars. The man was not surprised. [8] Two rangers shot a bear at a ranger station near Trout Lake on August 14; a postmortem examination of the stomach contents conclusively identified it as the bear that had killed Koons. 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. Normally, a grizzly attacks only if taken by surprise or if it feels threatened. Glacier was filled with marvelous creatures. Two horrific grizzly attacks would soon shatter the peaceful beauty of Glacier National Park. [2], The night of August 12–13 was marked by lightning, which led some to speculate the bears were agitated by the stormy weather. Many park staffers were uncomfortable with this situation, as recounted in Jack Olsen’s 1969 book, “Night of the Grizzlies.” Among them were Gildart and his friend, wildlife biologist Dave Shea. It was garbage. It was starving and had broken glass in its teeth. They are North America’s biggest and most powerful animal. Hours before, Koons and her friends had hiked to Trout Lake, passing a group that warned them about a bear. Most lived in the northern wilderness of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. They moved into busier parts of the park. Their jaws can chomp through metal and bone. “The night of the grizzlies was the night that we learned the hard way…how little we knew about grizzlies.” Grizzly bears are at the pinnacle of the animal world, the most powerful omnivores on the continent, but paradoxically in post-World War II America, were too often viewed as … Rangers cleaned up the trails and campgrounds. But they weren’t frightened. On August 13, the world woke up to shocking news from Glacier. Finally, Glacier’s leaders were forced to face the truth: It was not heat or fires or lightning that had caused the grizzlies to turn violent. John and Steve made it out of the wilderness that night. Before reading the article, show the Text Features Slideshow . Back then, tens of thousands of grizzlies lived here. Ask: Based on what you saw, what do you think the article will be about? Haven't signed into your Scholastic account before? They began losing their natural shyness toward humans and moved into busier parts of the park. Some people in the park were even using garbage and leftover food as bait for grizzlies. In Glacier National Park, at least, the lessons of the night of the grizzlies had been learned and successfully applied. "Night of the Grizzlies" is a great tale and although written by Olsen nearly 45 years ago, is only slightly outdated. Their knife-sharp claws can tear apart tree stumps. The boys’ first day was perfect. Keeping track of the two different events in this article—Steve and John’s and the two 19-year-old women’s—could be difficult for struggling readers. John and Steve made it out of the wilderness that night. They wanted to see grizzlies up close. "Night of the Grizzlies" is a great tale and although written by Olsen nearly 45 years ago, is only slightly outdated. It was what happened the next evening that filled them with terror. Yet no action was taken. Although a gas-fired incinerator had been installed in 1966, it was inadequately sized, and the caretaker resumed dumping garbage in the gully behind the Chalet shortly after opening for the summer season. They told their story to the ranger on duty. In the late fall or early winter, grizzly bears dig a hole called a den, where they hibernate for up to seven months. The Core Skills Workout is a series of skill-based activities that will help your students "bulk up" in the comprehension skills they need most to become strong, analytical readers. On the Glacier National Park website students can visit the park from home, looking at the park’s webcams, reading blogs by park rangers, and checking out digital versions of park exhibits. They usually avoid humans. But many of these groups shared a deep respect for bears. But before it left, it had ripped apart their tent. Finally, Glacier’s leaders were forced to face the truth. 17 people found this helpful Overall 5 out of 5 stars. After a terrifying 4-mile hike through the darkness, they arrived at a ranger station. Download our Learning Journey Slideshow below for a ready-made digital slide deck that combines the article, video, and interactive questions. Helgeson was camping with her boyfriend Roy Ducat approximately 1⁄4 mile (0.40 km) away from the Chalet; both Helgeson and Ducat were employed by the Glacier Park Lodge. Featured Skill : Cause and Effect Their knife-sharp claws can tear apart tree stumps. It had smashed their lantern and eaten all their food. Feeding human food to a wild animal is unhealthy for the animal. Aggressive bears would be moved to remote parts of the park. Never before had there been a deadly grizzly attack in Glacier. They threw on their boots and ran, praying the grizzly wouldn’t chase after them. One camper awoke with the bear sniffing her sleeping bag, but remained still and the bear moved on; when the bear was investigating Koons, Koons woke and screamed; the other four campers were able to escape by climbing trees, but the zipper on Koons's sleeping bag was stuck and the bear dragged her approximately 300 feet (91 m) away from the campsite. The bears attacked the women as they slept in their tents. Many of America’s first people came to see these bears as sacred creatures. They told their story to the ranger on duty. Best of all: They spotted a group of bears that came to the lake for a drink. Although she was eventually found alive 400 feet (120 m) from their original campsite, she later died of her wounds at the Chalet. Have students partake in a virtual “silent conversation.” Create a shared Google Doc with memorable quotes from the article. Or maybe lightning had spooked the bears. They made it to a ranger station. [9]:44, Seasonal residents at Kelly's Camp had reported seeing an "emaciated and scrawny" grizzly bear that was unusually aggressive for food foraging among their garbage in June 1967; the bear had moved on to Trout Lake by August. But Steve and John quickly escaped the honking cars, crowds of hikers, and trash-covered trails. SEAN XU/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM (GLACIER NATIONAL PARK); JIM MCMAHON/MAPMAN ® (MAP), Where in the World: Glacier National Park. (If teaching remotely, share your screen as you show it.) They were behaving aggressively. Workers would dump leftover food into an outdoor pit. I stumbled across this documentary the other day. It was July 1967. But before it left, it had ripped apart their tent, smashed their lantern, and eaten all their food. 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