Close Encounter of the Grizzly Kind in Glacier National Park


To what lengths—or perhaps we should ask heights—would you go in order to escape a grizzly?

The Missoulian is reporting that a hiker encountered a grizzly on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park in the evening hours of Aug. 4. There are even photographs to chronicle the event. 

"You could almost hear the guy go, 'Oh crap.' Then they stood still, watching each other," said photographer Philip Granrud. 

The man who encountered the bear scrambled over the cliff and down "a tenuously small and steep rock slide," taking refuge behind a boulder, according to the Missoulian.

"The spectators were oohing and ah-ing, and a couple of them started screaming during the encounter," Granrud told the Missoulian. "Then there were sighs of relief all around when the man got behind the boulder and the bear went past."

Granrud added that he was more fearful the man would fall off the cliff than being attacked by the grizzly.

Just two days earlier, another hiker reported that he was charged by a bear in the region's Mount Brown Lookout Trail. That man discharged some bear spray and then fired a round from his handgun, which authorities believe struck the bear. That grizzly turned and ran.