Think Twice Before ‘Saving’ Animals

In the December issue of Deer & Deer Hunting, Scott Bestul asks what
you
would do if you found a pair of locked bucks during hunting season, then
poses several possible scenarios. However, another factor is safety. Here’s
a story about what can go wrong in trying to “save” a wild animal with
antlers locked.

In Mess
With Bull, You Get The Horn
, a story appearing in the Rapid
City Journal,
a Custer man investigating two locked bull elk attempted to free
one of the animals by hand. The bull lunged and knocked him over; what the man didn’t
immediately realize was that he had been gored by the elk’s tine, which protruded
deep into his chest — forcing him to undergo emergency open heart surgery.

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