Gnarly weddings, arachnid entertainment and gorilla gifts (Heard Around the West) — High Country News – Know the West

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Marriages are not often described as “gnarly,but the term is appropriate for one event on the beautiful shores of Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park. Videographer Stanton Giles was filming an August wedding when his camera was pulled away from the groom’s vows of eternal love to a huge commotion on the lake: The A grizzly bear emerges from the trees and corrals a moose calf as its mother watches. Giles told Newsweek that the bride and groom were still in the middle of their vows when the wedding party realized what was happening, and the wedding party was forced to take a break. and the bear finished killing the calf. “There he was as long as the calf was killed,said Giles. “When he died and gave up fighting in the water, he pulled him back up into the trees.The shocked guests didn’t know how to respond, Giles said – this sort of thing can’t be found in etiquette manuals – although the idea was made to turn up the music to “shut down the sound of death.The entire three-minute-and-30-second scene was captured on video for posterity and uploaded to YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 400,000 times. The scene is beautiful and terrifying. And getting married in a mansion sometimes gives new meaning to the words “till you die.

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As house pigs go, there are tarantulas. Spiders aren’t for everyone, but arachnid lovers in Coarsegold, California want everyone to love them just the way they are. The 25th annual Coarsegold Tarantula Awareness Festival, celebrated the last Saturday in October at Coarsegold Historic Village, honors the flamboyant fuzzies and their contribution to the ecosystem. learned the party featured pumpkin cheesecake, a costume contest and tarantula-inspired music, not to mention a chance to meet, touch and hold the honored guests. Festival organizers are looking to educate the public and discourage the big waves of fur. A tarantula festival is held in La Junta, Colorado, during the first week of October. According to, the attendees celebrated the arachnids and their annual wedding ceremony, which did not involve a dating app called “Spinder,but it can be done naturally on the 443,000-plus acres of the Comanche National Grassland — it’s like Burning Man for spiders, and more legs for dancing.

Speaking of feet, a human foot, inside a homeowner’s shoe, was discovered in Yellowstone National Park’s Abyss Pool in August, near the West Thumb Geyser Basin, reports ABC News. Could this macabre discovery be related to the 21 other amputated legs that have been found washed up on beaches in Canada and Washington in recent years? Officials have been concerned about the appalling sightings since August 20, 2007, when a girl found an Adidas sneaker complete with a foot on Jedediah Island near British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Six days later, a black and white Reebok appeared on Gabriola Island, 30 miles away. Since then, other footprints have washed up around the Salish Sea. However, there is an explanation. Forensic scientists have calculated the decomposition of the body, shoelaces and DNA research to arrive at a motive, no, it is not alien. Or killers. Or shark attacks, or pedicurists too. Big Think explains that the carcasses are picked up in the sea by sea urchins and bottom feeders, breaking them down into pieces in less than a week. The feet, however, can be raised to the skin with the help of light materials found in modern sneakers. Sneakers made after 2000 are made from lightweight foam and have air pockets on the feet. Authorities used DNA evidence to identify most of the footprints. But the Yellowstone Foot remains a mystery, as we can’t imagine what else is lurking in the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Some things are better than the unknown.

We’ve long admired the brief but charming idiom of small-town police blotters. Sometimes something goes up in poetry. Astute readers John and Eileen Eavis sent in an excerpt from the Seward Journal, whose Public Safety Report compiles data from a variety of sources, including police, fire, EMS dispatch and examination certificate. How can something like this not be returned: “A caller on June 19 at 2:09 pm reported that on June 19 at 8:36 am someone entered man in a gorilla suit in their yard and left behind a chicken.” is its “the only truth, atam,” as the old TV Dragnet cops say, but sometimes the facts are enough.

Tiffany Midge is a native of the Standing Rock Nation and was raised by wolves in the West Coast. His book, Bury my heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s (Bison Books, 2019), a Washington State Book Award nominee. He lives in north-central Idaho near the Columbia River Plateau, the homeland of the Nimiipuu.

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