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MENACE IN OUR NORTHERN PARKS
Emmett Watson
October 30, 1967
One night last August two girls, camped 10 miles apart, were killed by grizzlies. Can it happen again? The answer is a nervous 'yes'
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October 30, 1967

Menace In Our Northern Parks

One night last August two girls, camped 10 miles apart, were killed by grizzlies. Can it happen again? The answer is a nervous 'yes'

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But the autopsies on the bears in the area showed no trace of LSD or other drugs. "We don't think much of such theories," Neilson said.

At Glacier a concerned group gathered to begin the investigation: Glen Cole, a research biologist and wildlife management expert for the Rocky Mountain Parks; Robert Wasen, the management biologist at Glacier; Ruben Hart; and a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent.

Hart conducted an extensive interview with Roy Ducat and with three witnesses who were camped nearby when the attack on Julie Helgeson took place. Larry Dale, a ranger, interviewed the four survivors of the Trout Lake incident in which Michele Koons was killed. Asked when a report could be expected, Superintendent Neilson said, "In six weeks we may reach a conclusion." Six weeks later he said, "It looks like we are working toward next year." Some people think the investigation has been stalled to cover up an area of negligence by the Parks Service. A more likely reason for the delay is that-no one has even approached a solution to the problem of why the bears attacked. Perhaps no one ever will.

One thing is certain. Next spring, when the snows thaw, the bears will be back, and so will the danger.

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