JACKSON, Wyo. — Lovers of contemporary music were in heaven this summer in Jackson Hole. There were shows by up-and-coming bands and well-known performers like Emmylou Harris every third night during July and August. Many were free.
Too much of a good thing? Those who charge money for shows told the Jackson Hole News&Guide that the freebies hurt. "It's hard to get that cover ($20) out of people, because they could see up-and-coming to big-name bands for free," said promoter Dom Gagliardi.
How much will people pay? Concert-bar promoter Harper Hollis said he tries to keep the cover charge down to $5. At $10 to $15, customers turn around at the door.
Killing problem bears hard on wildlife officers
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — In a moving, poignant essay published in the Crested Butte News, state wildlife officer Chris Parmeter tells about having to kill a three-year-old bear that he had come to know well.
"This is part of my job as a district wildlife manager, a part that I despise," he wrote. He told of being summoned to a house in a rural subdivision where a bear had repeatedly tried to invade to get food. There was no choice but to kill the bear. But that did not make him feel good about what he had done.
He recalled "the acrid smell of gunpowder lingering in the air, mixed with the sweet, sickening smell of bear blood that oozed down the driveway of the home."
Parmeter said he first encountered the bear in a dumpster, when it was just a cub, and then again several times more. "He'd pull down birdfeeders and I'd give out 'Living with Bears' brochures to the homeowners. A month later I'd see the birdfeeders out again, right against the picture window."
For the bear, says Parmeter, the choice was easy: four hours of picking berries, one by one, versus four minutes munching down birdseed for the same caloric gain.
People always wanted the animal kept alive but relocated. However, in the end it was the behaviour of the people — leaving bird feeders and food accessible to the bear — that left wildlife officers with no choice but to kill it.
"As he gasped his last breath and his blood oozed out onto the driveway, I only wished that all those people we had met along the way could have been there to share this moment with us," he concluded.
Moose and mooselets take a nice, long sleep
PARK CITY, Utah — All turned out well in Park City, where wildlife officers tranquilized an adult moose and two mooselets who had been hanging around the central part of town. The moose were transported to less genteel surroundings in central Utah, reports The Park Record.