Risking drowning and freezing to death, this heard of a dozen elk fell through the ice into the freezing waters of Palisades Reservoir in Wyoming. Luckily, more than two dozen people took matters into their own hands and rushed to save the animals’ lives.
“I was headed to Jackson to go to work, and I noticed a couple cars pulled over,” Dusty Jones told East Idaho News. Dusty came to the rescue of the elks. “I looked off to the left and saw a couple of guys beating on the ice with a herd of elk right there in front of them.”
Calling a friend to bring a chainsaw, Dusty ran to the rescue. Not long after, around 30 people arrived to help. Helping the animals walk out, they cut a path towards shore. Because they felt too cold to move, the people started grabbing the animals and pulling them out.
Using whatever tools they could, people used crowbars, ropes, and chainsaws to pull the animals to safety.
Also, there to help, officials with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department and deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene.
Thanks to the people’s great effort, the 13 elk became safe and out of the freezing waters.
Dusty Jones shared a video of the rescue, writing, “Getting the last two elk out….what an amazing start to this day! All elk survived. Great to see the community come together and help these animals.”
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Getting the last 2 elk out….what an amazing start to this day! All elk survived. Great to see the community come together and help these animals😁
Posted by Dusty Jones on Friday, December 29, 2017