NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 07, 1978
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(Studio) Report on grizzly bears and decisions that public must make about room for both bears and people.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Montana Fish and Game Department film of grizzlies shown. Incrd. number of tourists at Yellowstone National Park noted. This given as reason that few grizzlies are left in lower 48 states, mostly in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Incr. in number of confrontations between man and grizzly reported; latest to be mauled was Columbus, Ohio, resident Maryanna Young. [YOUNG - describes experience.] Utah State University zoologist Dr. Barry Gilbert's experience while studying grizzlies in Yellowstone described; films shown. [GILBERT - mentions suggestion of some that children's experiences with teddy bears make bears nonthreatening animal.] Experts' reasons for increase in maulings outlined. Park warnings and complaints that warnings aren't adequate cited. [GILBERT - doesn't think information being spread around or that people are warned sufficiently.] [YOUNG - wasn't warned about bears being in area.] [Park Supt. John TOWNSLEY - says they do everything possible to warn people of dangers in natural environmental, include bears.] Lawsuit against Park Service brought by Melvin Ford, of Salt Lake City, detailed. [FORD - wasn't warned about bears being in area.] Rangers' response to Ford's lawsuit stated.
REPORTER: Bill Brown (KUTV, Salt Lake City)