in memoriam: Joe Casey

By Jim Stanford on February 5, 2013

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This team photo was typical of Casey’s sense of humor.

The Jackson Hole community is struggling to come to grips with the death yesterday of Moose hockey player Joe Casey.

Casey was a 13-year veteran of the Moose, the captain and all-time leading scorer. He was one of the funniest characters ever to grace the Snow King ice.

Teammates say he may have died of pneumonia. He had been feeling ill over the weekend and sought medical attention, but the severity of his illness may have been unknown. An autopsy is pending, his brother Mikey said. He was 37 years old.

Shock was the prevailing emotion late Monday night, as friends gathered in the Moose locker room at Snow King. While teammates traded stories, many people were still in disbelief, as if his death were a hoax he might have staged for a laugh.

Only three days earlier, on Friday night, he tallied two assists in Jackson’s 5-4 win over the Chicago Chargers, according to the club’s website.

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here’s the next viral photo too good to be true

By Jim Stanford on January 23, 2012

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Sorry, folks, park's closed!

Just repost to Facebook and tell your friends it’s from Yellowstone park or Granite Hot Springs or Togwotee Pass.

Already popping up in news feeds locally, this image appears to have originated on Facebook from an entity calling itself Love Mountains, where it has drawn comments from around the world.

Have fun with creative captions. One of the better ones I’ve seen involved moose joining with mountain lions for Occupy Cache Creek.

And if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, this article about snowmobilers clashing with moose in Colorado has some useful advice.

(Photo via Nezz Dog)

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R.I.P., east Jackson moose

By Jim Stanford on March 13, 2008

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moose at the entrance to Thai Me Up — Mark Gocke photo

The young moose that had been grazing in yards and sleeping on porches in east Jackson has died.

Mark Gocke of Wyoming Game and Fish reports that his agency received a call of a dead moose near the intersection of Snow King and Cache last night. Wildlife officers picked up the animal this morning.

“I was hoping she could hold on until spring,” Gocke writes.

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our pet moose

By Jim Stanford on March 11, 2008

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I returned from Casper this weekend to find a young moose has moved into our neighborhood in east Jackson. It appears to be the same moose that has been hanging around downtown for several weeks and was photographed by Mark Gocke on the deck of the restaurant Thai Me Up.

The moose has been sleeping in my neighbor’s yard, beneath the shelter of a large pine tree, and chowing all the shrubs between our houses. Last night the ungulate lay down beside my friends’ front porch and practically pressed its snout against the glass of their windows.

I’ve lived in other, more rural places in Jackson Hole where it’s not unusual to see moose. But in our dense residential neighborhood, this is a first.

We don’t mind sharing our space with the moose, which obviously is struggling to find food with the deep snowpack in the surrounding hills. Hopefully by pruning the aspen trees and willows in our gardens it can stay alive till the snow melts up Cache Creek.

Of course, some people take the nurturing too far, as this video attests.

The footage, while dated, appears to have been shot in Wilson.

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