Gobbler on the Mountain!
based on recos from Park employees, I read the book Deaths in Yellowstone. I expected it to be a morbidly funny collection of anecdotes, but it was really a data dump with poorly written prose. Regardless, a few stories stuck in my mind.Yo @Darth Snow - what does this omen portend?
Woman, 72, gored by bison at Yellowstone after getting too close for photos, park says
If that was a ****braska grandma, I see a NC in our future!
- woman was suspected of feeding bears. ranger saw her get out of her car with a bag of chocolates, in an area where bears were active at the time. Ranger warned her not to feed them, but as soon as he/she turned away, the woman starts feeding a bear from her bag of chocolate. Woman remarks to others how tame the bears are. She's holding up one piece of chocolate at a time, getting the bear to beg for the next piece like its a domesticated dog. After half the bag is gone, the woman rolls it up, tells the bear "no, you've had enough" and starts back to her car. the bear disagreed that he'd had enough, killed the woman with one swipe of a clawed paw, and ate the rest of the chocolate.
- man dives into a geyser after his dog. that one really got me. if the dog had dove in after the person, the remarks would be "loyal dog. dumb AF, but loyal". when it happens in the opposite order, I don't know what to say.
- despite warnings from rangers, woman lets dog run off-leash. dog sees bear, runs after it barking. bear kills dog, woman tries to save her dog from the bear and gets herself killed in the process