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06-20-2008, 05:21 PM
The saga began Nov. 21 when a rancher in Reese River Valley spotted the two elk. 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. 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 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 toseparate the two.

Eller and Code helped hold the elk down while Donham used a hand saw to remove part of an antler from 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 had never gotten 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.'





06-20-2008, 05:31 PM

06-20-2008, 08:06 PM
Gawd! Freezer stuffer.....

06-20-2008, 09:34 PM
Magnificent animals. I have seen some pretty big elk, but the largest I ever saw was walking down the middle of a street in Estes Park, Colorado. My dad and I went out to Jackson Hole once and went to the National Elk Preserve, but it was summer and they were all up high. I have seen a lot of elk in Colorado over the years. Beautiful.

Mickey Lake

06-21-2008, 12:40 AM
I seen stuff happen like that here in Missouri with white-tailed deer..
Game Wardens would come out and sedate these animals just enough to relax them, then hacked off their antlers.. They shed antlers every year anyway, they'll grow back..

Talking about some ticked off hunters and bucks...:D

06-21-2008, 01:50 AM
Though we like meat in the freezer, I'd free these ones if possible.

I'd prefer to hunt a fair game rather than use their unfortunate situation to fill the freezer... They must also have a high level of adrenalin in their system after this incident... Better meat if they don't know what hit them...

Any way these two are magnificent animals and I'm glad the men got them free. The men must have felt elated to see them go their way... I bet helping these animals brought them good memories that last a life time...

06-21-2008, 02:46 AM
Siamese elk.

Bet they'll marry sisters.

06-21-2008, 02:50 AM
Siamese elk.

Bet they'll marry sisters.

LOL...That's funny...:D

Captain Blight
06-21-2008, 03:07 AM
I don't really think of Nevada as being elk country but I also forget they were originally critters of the forest and plains.

Sisters.... Short walk down to Reno for the quicky divorce....

The Bigfella
06-21-2008, 03:21 AM
Darwin would be upset. That pair were meant to die.

Ian Marchuk
06-21-2008, 09:15 AM
That's what happens when you spend too much time in the Bilge.