A federal judge plans to hear arguments in Los Angeles later this month in a case brought by two Californians who blame the National Park Service for a grizzly bear mauling they suffered in Glacier National Park in Montana.
The case of Hilligoss and Lordan vs. the United States is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie Aug. 26.
On Sept. 4, 1984, Frances Lordan and Rob Hilligoss of Atherton were hiking near Fifty Mountain Campground, about 10 miles south of the Canadian border, when they were surprised by a grizzly that charged and attacked both visitors before fleeing.
Lordan, a model, suffered severe leg and shoulder wounds and was hospitalized in Kalispell, Mont., for more than a week. Hilligoss suffered multiple cuts and bruises but wasn't seriously hurt.
Later that fall, they filed a claim against the Interior Department for more than $1 million each. They alleged the park was negligent by failing to warn of the personal danger that grizzly bears can pose, and claimed further that the attacking bear had been tranquilized with PCP, a drug that causes antisocial behavior in humans.