Airlifting ewes and a 'copter
Helicopter moving bighorn sheep fails, lands safely, has crew recovered and is itself lifted out
March 7, 2018
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) captured five bighorn sheep ewes from the Encampment River herd on Feb. 28 with the intention of capturing six for a statewide disease surveillance project. Mechanical problems, however, forced the helicopter being used by the WGFD to land in backcountry south of Encampment.
The crew of the helicopter were brought out on snowmobiles by Platte Valley Search and Rescue. Cory Nuhn, Colton Miller, Randy Grubert and Cody Miller were the PVSR personnel that were able to safely recover the crew.
The downed helicopter was retrieved the next day, March 1,...