Whitefish Woman, Horse to Appear on Letterman

By Beacon Staff

A Whitefish woman and the horse that helped her scare a charging grizzly bear away from an 8-year-old Illinois boy are booked on the Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 11.

Erin Bolster was guiding a group of eight people on a trail ride near Glacier National Park on July 30 when a grizzly chasing a deer crossed their path. Seven horses turned and went back down the trail while the boy’s horse ran into the timber, becoming the bear’s next target.

Bolster told The Spokesman Review that she was able to get her horse to follow the bear and eventually charge it three times before it retreated. The boy was not injured.

The horse had been leased by Swan Mountain Outfitters for the summer. Bolster bought the horse.

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