Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West is a longstanding section in the High Country News print edition that captures obscure and absurd tidbits and stories from around the region. Email the editor of Heard, Betsy Marston, with photos and news tips: betsym at hcn.org.

Zombies and zombees
People are still feeding bears, too
National Park air fresheners
Hipster beards and hallucinating pot growers
Death Valley wins heat contest
Surprising football love in Northern California
Snakes and guns
Hunting wildlife with silencers and pythons
Bobcat kittens fall in love with firefighters
And Portland toilet dedications
Fraudulent corn robberies
And Las Vegas bull escapes
Bloodsuckers in California
Also, Russian wildland terrorists and ground squirrel invaders
Dark days for bovines
And for prairie dogs, too
Wildlife-tracking drones
And sheep with heart monitors
Queen of the Old Timers
And mountain lions in eastern Montana
Aggressive, cat-eating lizards
Also, Representative Denny Rehberg loves Jesus statues
Goat man in the forest
And other Western goat tales
South Dakota disses Montana
John Edwards' mistress fit right in to Aspen
Food and poetry
Mark Bittman hearts Wendell Berry
Don't panic when removing fishooks and leeches
Survival tips, and wolf-hunting mountain lions
Wearing hummingbirds
The lengths bird watchers go to, and yes, Arizona is still crazy
Sea lion squatters in So-Cal
They're not as cute as they first seem; animal crimes
Rattlesnakes in Walmarts, deer in malls
Also, national forests are ready for terrorists
The Forest Service hearts explosives
Don't turn your back on a billy goat, either
Hot hot Arizona, stubborn obituaries
Also, bear and mountain lion encounters