Utah sheepherder gored by elk

Sep 6 2013 - 11:30am


Bull elk
Bull elk

MOAB -- Utah wildlife official help save a shepherd who'd been gored by a large bull elk earlier this week.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the lifesaving efforts happened Wednesday in the La Sal Mountains east of Moab.

Wildlife officials say they were loading up crates used to relocate wild goats when a sheepherder approached them and started speaking to them frantically in Spanish.

A Spanish-speaking officer helped determine the man's friend had been injured, and the friend helped lead officers to where the hurt man lay.

Officers say 31-year-old Peruvian sheepherder Hugo Macha had been gored Tuesday evening, knocked unconscious, and later walked about five miles to seek help from his friend.

Officers bandaged him and gave him oxygen before he was airlifted to the hospital with a punctured lung.


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