elk locked up

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  1. mike doughty

    mike doughty Honorary Member

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    some pics my buddy sent me

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    > RENO, Nev. (AP) -- It's not all checking hunting and fishing licenses.
    >Sometimes the issues are bigger. Like when a Nevada game warden was handed
    >the chore of figuring out how to separate two bull elk who locked horns
    >while sparring and couldn't untangle them.
    >
    > The saga began Nov. 21 when a rancher in Reese River Valley spotted the
    >two elk.
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    > By the following day, the animals were gone and the rancher assumed they
    >had separated.
    >
    > A week later, according to Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist Tom
    >Donham, the rancher was out looking for some of his cows and saw the elk
    >again.
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    > This time, he called the wildlife department and Donham, game warden
    >Brian Eller and Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Bryson Code
    >headed out to see what they could do.
    >
    > When they reached Indian Valley, south of Austin, it was Nov. 29, one
    >week after the elk were first seen.
    >
    > "When we arrived where the rancher had last seen them, we found them
    >pretty quickly. They were both lying on the ground and one of them was in a
    >very uncomfortable looking position with his head directly above the others
    >head and his nose pointing straight up to the sky," Donham said. Eller said
    >he wondered if they had survived their ordeal.
    >
    > "Once we found out they were alive, I was hoping they couldn't move and
    >would stay where they were. That didn't happen. When they ran off, I was
    >hoping that they could not go very far. That didn't happen either," he
    >said.
    >
    > The elk may have been sparring at the outset, but Donham and Eller say
    >they used teamwork to run for nearly a mile to evade the newcomers. "It
    >looked like they had been doing it all their lives; serious cooperation if
    >I've ever seen it," Donham said.
    >
    > After two unsuccessful attempts, Donham was able to get a tranquilizer
    >dart into one of the elk. With one down, the other could not run, but was
    >also partially tranquilized in order to separate the two.
    >
    > Eller and Code helped hold the elk down while Donham used a hand saw to
    >remove part of an antler off one of them.
    >
    > "As soon as they were apart, the bull that hadn't gotten a full dose
    >jumped to his feet and Bryson, Brian and I quickly gave him all the room he
    >wanted. He went off about 30 yards and lay down for about 10 minutes before
    >finally walking up the hill and over the ridge, none the worse for wear"
    >Donham said.
    >
    > The other elk was treated with antibiotics and eventually walked off as
    >well after the tranquilizer had worn off.
    >
    > "If these two bulls had not been discovered, and we never got the call,
    >they more than likely would have both died. Watching the bulls walk away,
    >and knowing that we likely saved them from a slow death was definitely one
    >of those moments that makes this job rewarding."?
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  2. SuperDave

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    Are those pix from the Oak Creek Feeding Station near Naches? It's an impressive sight this time of year!

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    Couple of toads! Time to break out the hack saw.
     
  4. mike doughty

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    i reedited my post
     
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    OK, with a re-edit, the pix makes more sense!

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