- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: Homestead Pub; unknown edition (June 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0943972485
- ISBN-13: 978-0943972480
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night of the Grizzlies Paperback – June, 1996
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Olsen masterfully sets a scene in which Man and Grizzly continually come into close contact with disaster narrowly averted. Before the attacks in Glacier, Grizzlies were treated as a nuisance in the park by both park officials and visitors alike. Indeed the general feeling at the park was that since no man had ever been killed by a bear in Glacier National Park no man ever would. At Granite Park Chalet, a kind of backcountry "resort", the bears nightly visits to the garbage dump were anticipated and applauded much like an after dinner comic at a Poconos lodge. What makes Olsen's account so strong is that while we sense where this precarious relationship between Man and Bear is going, when it gets there it is more horrifying than we could ever imagine.
Outdoorsmen and urbanites alike will not be able to put this book down. The reader will be at once amazed by and terrified of the power and visciousness of the title beasts. Yet as the tale unfolds we see how Man has perhaps brought this tragedy upon himself. We weep for the two young girls who died such violent and gruesome deaths. But we also weep for the Grizzlies who merely wish to live as God intended, in the wilderness far from the smell of Man. Review by Larry Maier, Long Beach NY
I'm glad I read this book just a couple of months after reading Bear Attacks and Mark of the Grizzly, because it really allowed me to see the contrast in the way people thought about bears in the 1960's compared to now. The attitude towards bears back then seems so naive. At that time, people were still feeding grizzlies even in the national park (although technically that had been made illegal, the rule wasn't enforced) in order to lure the bears out where they could watch them. Even the author, though aware of the danger of habituated bears, still believed that wild bears (ones not accustomed to humans or to eating human food) were not at all threatening to humans if they were left alone. And the general public clearly believed that national park bears were used to humans and thus harmless and practically tame. But bears that are accustomed to humans and their food are the most dangerous bears of all; and both of the bears who preyed on sleeping humans that night were habituated bears.
The other bear books I read described numerous attacks, but this book concerns just two, so it is able to go into far more detail. It also gives some information which I suspect would be too gory, too personal, and too risky (for possible lawsuits) to be included in a nonfiction book nowadays.Read more ›
By the way, if you like this book, also try "Mark of the Grizzly", an excellent collection of bear attack stories which probes beyond the attacks and into the causes. It's up-to-date and really inspires a sense of respect for the great bears.
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Very suspenseful and well written. Descriptions of Glacier National Park make you feel like you can smell the alpine breeze and feel a grizzly watching you from the side of a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Darrell Anders
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I loved this book. Nature and wild animals are my favorite and I could not put this one down.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was enthralling even to be as old as it is. There is still the same old question...Man versus the extinction of a species.
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