How Many People Does It Take to Save an Elk?

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Elk are big as anyone who has had to pack one out will attest too. Now try moving a live elk trapped in freezing waters. This happened recently in Bend Oregon as reported by and Edmonton Alberta as reported by Global Edmonton.

In the case of the Oregonians it appears that is took no less than seven rescuers and a boat to bring the cow to dry land. Not to be outdone the Canadians took just three people and some rope to land the bull.

The men strung a rope around the elk’s antlers and pulled the animal out of the frigid water. Exhausted and freezing, but with the rope still attached to its antlers, the elk ran for safety away from the river after the rescue.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

I don't know, I am sort of in

I don't know, I am sort of in the opinion tl let nature take it's course.  Of course, I don't want to see an animal struggle, but it is what it is, mature.

If it happened because of some man made thing, I would be okay with it.  But, how many thousands of animals over the years have succumbed to nature, as intended, and became part of the whole grand plan.

But, as Jim said, I now worry about the stresses that this animal went through, or the fact that it may now get tangled in a tree or something else and starve to death over a week, that's worse.

It could have slipped into a cold sleep, being numb, and then died a "peaceful" death.

I think the fact that they occurred in the eye of the public is what really stirs the emotions.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

I too always love reading and

I too always love reading and seeing stories like this.  As much as I love to hunt these animals I hate to see them sucome to such acts like this.  They are such a great animal.  Glad to see some people step up and take control.  I have complete faith in myself that I would do the same thihg given the chance...lets jusy hope I never have to...or least if I do hopefully someone is there to help out cause yes they can weigh alot and I am sure one that is fighting back would be more of a struggle.

jim boyd's picture

I always love stories like

I always love stories like this...

The passing motorists certainly are to be commended - in fact, there is a certain degree of danger in trying to assist the elk.... you could fall into the water yourself... the elk could hurt you as you are trying to assist him - who knows what could happen.

Thank goodness someone had a length of rope with them - what a stroke of luck.

I read with dismay that the rope continued to be attached to the elk's antlers as he made his way into the forest - and was glad to read that the rope eventually fell off - which is great.

I would worry that the rope would get entangled in something later, trapping the elk.

I worry also that the stresses of falling into the water - and the fact that he was in close proximity to humans, which I am sure he did not like - would weaken his defenses against the hardships of winter.

I noted that the article indicated the elk appeared to either stumble or pause before recovering his composure and moving back into the forest... imagine the dismay of the rescuers if, after all of that effort, the elk had perished anyway.

Hopefully, he managed to get dry and warm(er) and get to some food - and get over the fact that he fell in the river!

I am not sure how you get warm when you are in snow up to your butt - but let's hope he did.

Great work by these three... a great heartwarming Christmas story for everyone!

Great story BGH - and the timing was perfect!