Glacier Centennial: Free Weekend, Bears Course

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – In celebration of America’s great outdoors, Glacier National Park will be joining national parks and wildlife refuges around the country in offering free admission to the park on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6.

This summer’s fee-free days at national parks and wildlife refuges are intended to encourage Americans to get outdoors and experience their public lands. Additional admission-free days are planned for August 14 and 15, September 25 and November 11.

Outdoor Education Course

For visitors especially interested in bears, The Glacier Institute is conducting a “100 Years of Bears” course. Reservations are required for the three day course, and there is a course fee and a student limit of 13. Call 406-755-1211 for more information. The course, which is conducted by Ralph Waldt, includes hikes into bear country. The course is scheduled for June 4 to June 6.

The Institute recommends the following books for those interested in Glacier’s bears:

Crown of the Continent: The Last Great Wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Ralph Waldt, Riverbend Publishing, Helena, MT, 2004.

Grizzly Country. Andy Russell, Nick Lyons Books, 1967.

Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance. Steve Herrero, Winchester Press, Piscatawy, N.J.

The Grizzly Bear. Thomas McNamee, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1984.
The Grizzlies of Glacier. Warren Hanna, Mountain Press Publishing Co., 1978.

Grizzly Years. Doug Peacock.

He has promises to keep, but his magic might not keep him safe. Each purchase benefits Glacier National Park.

2 thoughts on “Glacier Centennial: Free Weekend, Bears Course

  1. I see that attendance is up and they think the admission-free days are helping.

    Bear treatment in the park is a very touchy subject with me though after they killed that 17 year old Grizzly last year. I will be mad about that for many more years. Maybe they should include a course on “political correctness” in dealing with bears.

    1. The bear and the cub near the camp ground could have been handled differently rather than simply opening fire. The cub, of course, was also a fatality here.

      To some extent, I blame the public as well as the bureaucracy for the policies that lead to such incidents. The public likes the idea of danger, of flirting with it even, but then if there’s an incident, we end up with investigations, and people getting fired, and all kinds of hysteria. Similar things happen in Florida in regard to gators.

      Of course, the press has a field day with such stories. That’s part of the problem, too. People expect a Disney-like wilderness experience until somebody gets hurt or killed.

      Sad that such views end up being very bad for the animals in our care.


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