Glacier Park's Night of the Grizzlies
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GLACIER PARK’S NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLIES recounts a gruesome, terrifying series of bear attacks. Occurring over the course of one summer night in 1967, they would leave one young man severely mauled and two young women dead. And they would forever change the relationship between man and bear.
Since the opening of Montana’s Glacier National Park in 1910, there had never been a fatal bear attack. But that all changed on the night of August 12th, when seven park employees hiked into the woods for an overnight camping trip. Over the course of the next few hours, in two separate locations within the park, their paths would cross with two rogue grizzly bears.
Weighing up to 1200 pounds, with a standing height of seven feet and the ability to reach speeds in excess of 30 miles-per-hour, grizzly bears are one of the largest and most powerful land carnivores in North America. Although solitary by nature, the bears of Glacier Park had adapted over the years to the presence of tourists . . . and the abundant amounts of food that the tourists had fed them or left behind as garbage.
NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLIES reveals how this lax, informal attitude toward these wild animals eventually led to an unforgettable night of crisis, intense fear, bravery and, ultimately, grief.
Produced by MontanaPBS, 2010.