Michele Koons was killed by a bear near Trout Lake on Aug. 12, 1967. initially expect, Chambers said, and they decided to take the extra Today, that bear would have been a goner.". Gene was the third of four children born to Harry and Mona Hamilton Koons. When Koons and her friends arrived at their camping spot, the bear was quick to make its first appearance. system to re-examine wildlife policies. Bear management changed overnight in response to the careless mistakes that made the incident inevitable, Shea said. “A preliminary investigation indicates we probably have the culprits.” The Grizzlies savagely attacked and killed Julie Helgeson of .Albert Lea. He told rangers he tried to stay still. "The Chalet had actually been advertising, 'Come to Granite Park and see grizzly bears,'" Shea said. Michelle Liu. "It was determined on the spot that this bear had glass embedded in its teeth," Gildart said. They saw five grizzlies, including a sow with two cubs feeding on garbage. But the bear still approached. This bear (at Trout Lake), for some reason or another, had associated food with people and maybe they were going after the people for food, I don't know. Chambers, who has worked in the park and for the U.S. Park And why not? Gildart jumped in his truck and drove down to the Trout Lake Trailhead near Lake McDonald and ran almost four miles up the trail and over Howe Ridge to the alpine lake. Michele Lorraine Koons, age 36, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 View Full Report. It was also an incident The U.S. State Department lifted restrictions on American travel to Algeria, Libya and the Sudan, imposed after the Six-Day War, but still limited travel to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen. Rangers, including Gildart, were immediately sent out to begin collecting garbage. There was lightning the night Michele Koons and Julie Helgeson died. The pair set out to camp 20 miles east of Trout Lake in an undesignated spot about a quarter of a mile away from the Granite Park Chalet on Aug. 12. Ducat and the campers could hear her screams trail away as the bear dragged her into the woods. Another ranger thought it best to shoot the cubs, but botched his shot and broke the bear's jaw. Background Checks food and garbage and utensils out of the path of bears and "Anybody packing anything into the backcountry had to pack it out again, particularly if it was garbage. View +28. Freedom for American Negroes!" Michelle Koons is on Facebook. In 1982, he wrote an article for Smithsonian regarding grizzly bears and how much influence garbage can have on bears. They were told this is where the bears come through every night. Koons did not make it out of her sleeping bag, according to "We didn't realize the extent which garbage controlled bears and habituation was kind of a new word," Gildart said. said. "I'll never forget that night.". Mangled beyond belief, Koons’ body made Gildart question everything that he knew about grizzly bears. women, in campsites miles apart from one another, were mauled and The injury comes at a devastating time for the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner. With his breakout rookie season, Burrow looked to be on pace to win … Featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Solidarity with all people battling against Yankee fascism all over the world! The documentary chronicles the series of events leading up to the deaths of Julie Helgeson and Michele Koons, two young park employees out for … View phone numbers, addresses, public records, background check reports and possible arrest records for Michele Koons. He and his co-producer James E. Koons Jr., 77, of Silver City, NM, entered eternal rest on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his residence in Silver City NM. "Trout Lake was typical of all the other campgrounds at that time in Glacier National Park," Gildart said, "I think all the campgrounds in Glacier National Park were a mess. Landa walked 40 yards and then looked up at Gildart and said, "Here she is.". mentality they do today. KOONS JAMES M. JR. 'JIMMY', 31 of Secane, PA. passed away on November 2, 2009 at The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center following a traumatic brain injury that occurred on October 16, 2009. Rangers then went through and established backcountry campgrounds to concentrate use. The information, Gildart says today, was “mind-boggling,” and for good reason. The new campgrounds were equipped with fire grates placed separately from established campsites where people would be required to pitch their tents. important events in the history of Glacier National Park. A bear invaded their camp, and while other campers climbed up trees, Koons was caught in her sleeping bag, and attacked. Glacier Park's Night of the Grizzlies documentary. Bike collision with grizzly cause of fatal encounter. It was the first time in the park’s 57-year history that … Some have guessed that the lightning and fire had the bears stirred up and defensive.