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Old 13th Feb 2018, 04:52   #1 (permalink)
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Elk takes down helicopter in Wasatch County, Utah, USA

Elk takes down helicopter in Wasatch County | KUTV article with a few photos

Elk takes down helicopter in Wasatch County | KUTV photo gallery with more photos
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by Adam Forgie -Monday, February 12th 2018

(KUTV) - A helicopter has crashed in Wasatch County, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Department's Search and Rescue Facebook page.
It happened around near Currant Creek Reservoir at 4:38 p.m, according to Wasatch County Sheriff's Deputy Jared Rigby.

Two people were injured, but the injuries were minor.
The elk was killed, according to Tonya Kieffer, Northeast Utah conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).

DWR contracted the helicopter, which was staffed with a two-man crew from Australia.
They were trying to net the elk, sedate it and fly it back to put a collar on it for further study from a biologist.

Wasatch County Search and Rescue was called out to assist with the downed chopper.
The Australian flight crew was in the process of netting a cow elk which jumped and hit the tail rotor of the helicopter.
This almost severed the tail rotor and ended the flight of this chopper. The 2 people aboard the chopper are okay except a few small cuts and bruises. They were both checked out by Fruitland EMS. As for the chopper not so good. Not something you see every day when an elk brings down a chopper.
-Wasatch County Search & Rescue Facebook page

Kieffer says they will review the incident and make any changes necessary in order to prevent it from happening again.

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Old 13th Feb 2018, 05:59   #2 (permalink)
 
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The elk was killed, according to Tonya Kieffer, Northeast Utah conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources

That'll make the headlines if the elk comes back from the dead and does it again.....
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 17:03   #3 (permalink)
 
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Well, reminds me of a saying, never go flying in gear, you wouldnˋt hike in...
Could have been a long way home without coms...
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Mid-air: chopper and...elk

"A research helicopter has crashed in Utah after an elk it was trying to catch jumped into the chopper's tail rotor."

And you were worried about drones?!

Leaping elk brings down chopper in Utah
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 03:55   #5 (permalink)
 
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Not to put too much oxymoron to this story, but they wanted to do research on Elk habitat, and they wound up killing it. Notwithstanding the loss of the rotorcraft.

It's called 'wild life' for a reason. Just like the dolts in CO/and feds trying to 'fix' the wild horse population in the southern part of the state. Leave - them - alone!
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 17:53   #6 (permalink)
 
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...trying to capture the animal with a net...
Donít tell me they were trying to throw that net out of the helicopter to capture the elk. If it wasnít the elk bringing them down it probably would have been that net ending up in the tail rotor.😱
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Were using a "net gun" or a net...
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