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Old 06-23-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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Today my husband and I went to check our trail cams. When we were finished we decided to drive up the road a little ways and found a fence and a locked gate with a ton of elk tracks around it. We got out of our truck and started walking the fence line, I noticed, what I thought, was a dead calf elk that got its right hind leg stuck in the fence. I felt really bad and started to walk back to our truck when my husband said it was still alive and started to struggle. I didn't know what to do. I held the poor little bugger so my husband could try to get its leg out. Sure enough we got him free and he did his best to run off. Hopefully the mom was still around to take care of him and it will be okay.
Please don't flame me because I "touched" the calf and now my human scent is on it. I just didn't want it to die a slow death.

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Old 06-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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Today my husband and I went to check our trail cams. When we were finished we decided to drive up the road a little ways and found a fence and a locked gate with a ton of elk tracks around it. We got out of our truck and started walking the fence line, I noticed, what I thought, was a dead calf elk that got its right hind leg stuck in the fence. I felt really bad and started to walk back to our truck when my husband said it was still alive and started to struggle. I didn't know what to do. I held the poor little bugger so my husband could try to get its leg out. Sure enough we got him free and he did his best to run off. Hopefully the mom was still around to take care of him and it will be okay.
Please don't flame me because I "touched" the calf and now my human scent is on it. I just didn't want it to die a slow death.
Good for you two. Hopefully it survives.
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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at least you did something to try and help. now thanks to you it has at least a chance to survive. being caught in the fence it had little to no chance. i for one commend you on doing something to help
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:42 PM   #6
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Great job to you and your husband Elkhuntress. When the kids were young we used to spend quite a few week-ends camping near Crater Lake. We would get up early in the morning and drive the logging roads spotting wildlife. One morning we came across a calf elk that was totally disoriented ........standing in one place, but turning circles with blood running down the side of it's head. We could walk right up to it and it didn't seem aware we were even there. Thinking it might be a case of someone trying to poach an elk with a small caliber rifle, I stayed with the calf while my wife drove to Prospect to get someone from the ranger station. It took well over an hour before she returned with a ranger and during that time, I never saw or heard another person, or any other animals. The forest ranger wanted to load the calf in the back of his truck and take it to Wildlife Images, which is a wildlife rescue facility in Grants Pass. It wasn't until we threw a coat over the calf's head to keep it calm during loading that the cow elk which had been secretly watching the whole time came unglued. Although she never attacked us, she was obviously stressed as she pranced back and forth near us being extremely vocal. As it turned out, the calf had apparently been the victim of an attack by a predator. Unfortunately it died that night at Wildlife Images due to puncture wounds in the top of it's head. Ron

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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Good job on you. I would have done the same thing. I came across a doe on the side of the road that had hung both back legs through a fence last year. She was very much alive and struggling. My buddy was worried we would get hurt so I just cut the middle wire and off she went. SOrry to the fence and rancher but just could not let the thing suffer and become dinner for some yote that night.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #8
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it gives you a good feeling when you help wildlife out by granting life to an animal in need. I did the very same thing this spring with a yearling doe. don't get me wrong I am a hunter and have taken my share of them it was just my turn to say thank you is the way I saw it.

good job by doinging your best by giving it a chance.

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #9
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Good for you... Predators would surely had an easy meal otherwise. Contrary to some beliefs, human scent wont make mama abandon the calf/fawn. Now when it comes to birds, thats another story....

Way to go....
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:24 AM   #10
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He'll have quite the story to tell his mom and the herd!
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #11
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Please don't flame me because I "touched" the calf and now my human scent is on it. I just didn't want it to die a slow death.
No one should ever flame you for an act of kindness like that !
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:48 AM   #12
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Please don't flame me because I "touched" the calf and now my human scent is on it. I just didn't want it to die a slow death.
The only flaming on this subject comes from those with little to no understanding of wildlife biology. Glad you guys were able to set it free, hopefully it can recover quickly.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #13
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In the past around here I've released two elk calves and a few antelope form fences. It was very easy to do. I inserted a sturdy stick in the wire with the leg and pulled the wire apart, animals fell right out and were fine. The first elk took me a while to figure it out. really easy though.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #14
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Sounds like you did all you could...Good for you guys...Its funny how all us tough hunters turn to jelly when we see an animal needing help...It only goes to show we aren't heartless animal killers but have a great respect for the wildlife we enjoy so much. Great job!
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:17 PM   #15
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No flame from me, it's a pretty sad sight to find a leg in a fence. You know that wasn't a pleasant ending.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:56 PM   #16
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[/QUOTE] Please don't flame me because I "touched" the calf and now my human scent is on it. I just didn't want it to die a slow death.[/QUOTE]

No one is going to flame you for saving a life. You did the right thing good on you and thanks for helping the calf!!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:48 PM   #17
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When you shoot that trophy elk in 5 to 7 years from now, be sure to check its hind leg. It just might be the one you help!!!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:45 AM   #18
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:50 AM   #19
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Why would there ever be a problem with that, you did the right thing! Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:56 AM   #20
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When you shoot that trophy elk in 5 to 7 years from now, be sure to check its hind leg. It just might be the one you help!!!!
HA! I actually thought about that.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #22
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Good work, I would of tried to do the same!
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:43 PM   #23
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good work - I would have done the same. At least the calf has a chance for survival now. Had it stayed stuck there, it surely would have died of starvation and/or exhaustion and just been food on a leash for a predator.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #24
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Good for you guys!!!!
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