Officials and locals tried to save elk in Bull River
Members of the RCMP, the BC Conservation Officer Service (COs), CP Rail and the public teamed up yesterday in an attempt to save an elk that had fallen through the ice.
During the afternoon Jan. 15, RCMP was alerted to people on the Bull River in a kayak attempting to reach an elk that had fallen through the ice.
“The elk was caught in a hole and was having problems getting out. RCMP and Conservation attended the scene just as the elk made its way out of the water. The elk eventually stood up but unfortunately made its way back into the same hole in the river,” described Cst. Katie Forgeron of Cranbrook RCMP.
Officers on scene, along with the public, were once again able to get the elk out of the water and into a horse trailer where it was then transported to a property in the area to recuperate.
Unfortunately the elk succumbed to its injuries overnight.
Cranbrook RCMP is thankful to those who assisted with the elk but want to remind people that it is dangerous to venture out into frigid waters in freezing temperatures to assist animals.
Lead image of elk an e-KNOW file photo