Well there’s something you don’t see
every day ever. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that helicopters are falling from the sky at the hands of elk.
A cow elk knocked down a helicopter while its crew was capturing the animals for the state in eastern Wasatch County.
The Wasatch County Search and Rescue was called out to Current Creek in help the downed helicopter at 4:38 p.m on Monday.
I can see where re-evaluating the methods used to capture elk with nets from the sky as being a priority in Utah.
The two-person crew was in the process of capturing the elk with a net when the animal “somehow jumped up and hit the tail rotor of the chopper,” according to a Facebook post from the search and rescue crew.
“This almost severed the tail rotor,” the post continued, and the helicopter crashed. “Not something you see everyday, when an elk brings down a chopper.”
Oh great, the elk died and all we need are liberals crying out to get heli’s banned.
Neither crew-member was injured, aside from a few small cuts and bruises.
But the elk died, said Tonya Kieffer, the conservation outreach manager with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).
OMFG is this real or an episode of Bullwinkle? Wait, is Bullwinkle an elk or a moose? Nevermind, it doesn’t matter.
The crew had been capturing the elk for a DWR project that involves studying the animals’ migration.
“This has never happened before,” she said.
Well geez, I hope not Tonya Kieffer. If this had happened more than once I would be having MORE doubts about your Elk Capturing Committee.