Night of the Grizzlies

Night of the Grizzlies

Jack Olsen / May 30, 2020

Night of the Grizzlies Jack Olsen s true account traces the causes of the tragic night in August when two separate and unrelated campers a distance apart were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears

  • Title: Night of the Grizzlies
  • Author: Jack Olsen
  • ISBN: 9780943972480
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jack Olsen s true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears.

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    1. Night of the Grizzlies is a terrifying yet compelling story of the man who tried to uncover why exactly bears decided to attack campers without warning. It's chilling, but a great read.

    2. Obviously Olsen is quite taken with Glacier National Park and the first section of the book is devoted to a close examination of the flora and fauna of that region before he delves into the habits of Ursa Horribilis, otherwise known as the Grizzly Bear. They are huge creatures, standing erect sometimes close to eight feet tall and despite their size can run faster than you’ll ever hope to. Their habitat has been under pressure for decades: “ e destruction of the forests in which he could hid [...]

    3. I run in to grizzly bears from time to time while hiking in Glacier National Park, 30 minutes from my home. Though they normally just turn tail and run away from me, I thought this would be a good book to help me better understand these lumbering creatures that share the trail with me.I'd just read McMilion's book "Mark of the Grizzly" and found it to be loaded with the science of the grizzly bear, its habitat, what to do and not do if you encounter a grizzly in certain situations (e.g. while fe [...]

    4. As I've mentioned before, I am perversely interested in stories of grizzly bear attacks. This is a true account of two deaths in Glacier National Park, Montana in 1968, written by the popular mystery/thriller writer Jack Olsen. It is a readable and intriguing report.

    5. I know this is supposed to be one of the best books out there on grizzly attacks, but I just didn't enjoy reading it. Although the subject matter -- two grizzly attacks in Glacier National Park on the same night in 967 -- is engrossing, the writer's style did not appeal to me at all. I believe this was originally published in 1969, so perhaps the writing is a bit old-fashioned for my tastes. The author spends a good two-thirds of the book describing scenery, flowers and animals, that might set t [...]

    6. Up until the early 1970s, Americans viewed their immense wilderness much the same way they had zoos: national parks were places to go animal watching. Montana’s Glacier National Park in 1967 was no different. In fact, Glacier rangers understood perhaps more than anyone that park goers dropped huge sums of money each summer for a chance to see a real-life grizzly up close and personal. Despite the official ban on bear baiting, like good entrepreneurs park officials overlooked, if not encouraged [...]

    7. Overall, a very good story, and very sad because it's true. Despite the terribly written preface, the story was written well and built suspense, despite some archaic writing that sounded more like the '50s than '69 (e.g chauvinistic descriptions of women and embarrassments like, "For a year Gildart and his wife had lived on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in northern Montana, where they eked out a living and learned the Indian ways."). Right. "learned the Indian ways" in a year. And it's "Rocky [...]

    8. I have always liked Jack Olsen's books, and have read many of them. This is one of them I somehow missed. (Sadly, Mr. Olsen died of a heart attack in 2002 at age 77). This particular book is centered around Glacier National Park and two fatal grizzly bear attacks which took place in August of 1967. There have been more since then. One of the biggest reasons why these attacks started happening is twofold: one - the National Park Service was dumping garbage into gullies and other areas, not far fr [...]

    9. An incredible telling of the night at Glacier Park in August 1967 when two campers were killed by two separate bears, miles apart. It helps that I know these areas pretty intimately, so the story hits closer to home for me. I'm almost equally horrified by the mismanagement of trash by the NPS 50 years ago -- things we take for granted now (pack in, pack out; not setting up camp in areas known to be heavily traveled by bears; ignoring, for a whole summer, repeated bear attacks on camps) seemed to [...]

    10. Over the course of U.S. history, the grizzly bear’s environment has been steadily encroached upon by man, the grizzly’s only enemy. Once roaming over the Great Plains and mountains of the western United States, they have retreated to the few remaining wilderness areas that afford them sufficient food. Still, they remain solitary and typically avoid humans. In this nonfiction work, Olsen explores the events that culminated in one night of terror in August 1967 when two young women were savage [...]

    11. My old friend Joe gave this to me to read, and by chance I started it when we were traveling out West. That was a crazy choice, because the story told in this book is real, it is riveting, and it will scare the hell out of you, especially if you are anywhere near bear country. I should find a copy and read it again (2011) as I originally read this in approx 1991.

    12. Acquired by Mom in the Many Glacier Lodge gift shop a few days before our hike out to Granite Park chalet; read by all 4 of us before the trip ended. Interesting perspective as to how much has changed as far as relations-to-wildlife in just 45 years or so in the national park.

    13. The story of what lead up to the attacks was interesting, and of course the night of the attacks made for a good story. But there was so much filler writing that I found myself skipping whole paragraphs, just searching for the story to pick up again!

    14. One of the few documentaries I've ever read - a fascinating story of how human stupidity and aberrant nature combine to make the worst circumstances possible and result in tragedy. A good, slow read - not one I burned through but still a book I looked forward to reading.

    15. This story gave a fantastic rundown of the National Park Service's complicity in the incident long called 'The Night of the Grizzlies', the multitude factors that led to two food-conditioned and space-stressed grizzlies making predatory attacks and killing and eating two young women in the space of several hours on one hairy night in 1967 in Glacier Park, Montana. It outlined the years of mismanagement that led to the incident and a prediction on future man-bear relations that thankfully has not [...]

    16. "The planet is man's; he has bent it to his will and made it his to enjoy, his to develop, and his to destroy. The Grizzly will be exiled and then destroyed and Teasdale's words will be remembered by a few: "what we never have, remains; it is the things we have that go." The Grizzly will not return; he will be lost forever, along with the wild frontier on which he lived his final few years as the mightiest animal of the lost American wilderness."Olsen did a good job of recreating what happened t [...]

    17. A grizzly tale of unbearable suspense. Corny jokes aside, that's exactly what it is. I was unfamiliar with the story when I began reading it and so knew nothing of the names involved. With each new recounting of contact with these bears, I expected that "oh, noTHIS is gonna be the time it attacks!" only to be released repeatedly as the parties involved escaped harm. There's an impending sense of peril as the book progresses and you can tell it's building to something terrible.It was also particu [...]

    18. The historical facts are good to give you a feel of the perfect storm, however the writing style is unsophisticated and archaic (as others have mentioned). I'm willing to forgive the misogyny of the times (1960s) if it were a better written book. I was promised suspense and a page turner, but when we already know what happens (uhhh, people die at the paws of grizzlies), you gotta really be better about creating that suspense (or market the book as an historical narrative and not one that is supp [...]

    19. I applaud Olsen's defense of grizzlies and wildlife. I got goosebumps in his description of how humanity has invaded and destroyed many aspects of grizzly livelihood. I found that these quotes clearly explained the dire need to protect and maintain the natural wildness of grizzlies:"[No] powerful carnivore, least of all the proudly independent grizzly, will go gently into the dark night of extinction. [A] stand must be made, for a multiplicity of reasons, the grizzlies were finally making it.""T [...]

    20. Binge reading, guilty pleasure. This month includes the fiftieth anniversary of the night in question. I first read this book on a car camping trip with my family in 1972. Big mistake! Do not read this on a camping trip, particularly with Glacier National Park on your itinerary. I had to go sleep in the car.On rereading Olsen's book, while it is still a page turner, it stayed too close to its true crime origins. Maybe it is best appreciated in a tent!

    21. Well-sourced, chilling account of two separate grizzly bear attacks on the same night in Glacier National Park in the 1960s. Imagine a time when people could easily get away with feeding bears table scraps in National Parks. This event was largely responsible for the change in management practices and attitudes toward bears in popular recreation areas. Great read.

    22. The beginning narrative of this book is a bit flowery for my tastes and I had to MAKE myself continue reading (this was only the first few chapters). But then BAM I couldnt put it down! The story is absolutely riveting!!! Im recommending to all my friends that they must read this book - exceptional book!

    23. Thoughtful and thorough--intense reporting of an incident from America's recent "wilderness past," and its implications for us today.

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