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Subject: Utah shepherd survives after being gored by elk Date: Saturday,
September 07, 2013 5:35 AM
MOAB, Utah - A wild bull elk gored a shepherd in the mountains in eastern
Utah, puncturing one of the man's lungs, knocking him unconscious and forcing
him to walk several miles for help.
Sheepherder Hugo Macha, 31, was in good condition in a Grand Junction, Colo.,
hospital Friday, three days after the rare attack in the La Sal Mountains.
"He was already worrying about his sheep," said Polly Hill, co-owner of the
1,000 sheep Macha tends, in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune. "The
doctor said he was lucky because the way the lung was punctured it kept it
from collapsing. He might be able to come home Sunday. We will take care of
him until he is back on his feet."
Macha, who is from Peru, told rescuers that he'd been sitting on the ground
and leaning against a tree Tuesday evening when the elk appeared and started
heading toward him. He tried to get away, according to Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources officer Dennis Shumway, but the animal ran him down,
knocked him to the ground and gored him with its antlers.
When he came to, the elk was nowhere to be found.
Macha told officials he waited in hopes that he'd be found by hunters, and
tried to call for help on his cellphone but wasn't getting service. Early the
next day, he started a long walk to find a fellow shepherd about 5 miles
away.
"This guy was a complete stud," said conservation officer Jay Shirley, who
was at the scene. "He was in a lot of pain. He couldn't even sit down because
it hurt so much, and yet he walked that far. He hadn't had food or water and
no sleep. He was amazing."
Macha's friend ran to seek help from workers with the wildlife employees, who
were nearby loading crates they had just used to relocate wild goats, and
began frantically speaking to them in Spanish.
With help from an officer who spoke the language, they learned the story and
were able to find Macha.
"He walked up to meet us, and his shirt was soaked in blood, and it was down
his one pant leg," Shumway said. "He lifted up his shirt and there was fatty
tissue hanging out of this wound on his upper right back."
Conservation officers put him on an IV, bandaged his wounds and arranged for
a medical helicopter from Grand Junction.
The attack may have something to do with the start of the elk mating season,
known as the rut, when male elk become aggressive and occasionally fight to
the death with other bulls as they jockey for and protect females.
"Obviously, this doesn't happen normally," Shirley said. "With the start of
the rut, maybe the bull had him mistaken for another bull."
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Ray Keller
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That's nothing, you obviously have never read Congo Kitabu. Jean Pierre Hallet, anthropologist, while working on a mission to save the pigmy tribes, of the then Belgian Congo, was dynamiting fish on Lake Tanganyika. A dud fuse and a double stick of dynamite blew his arm off below the elbow and left him dazed and floundering in crocodile infested waters.
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He swam out, walked back to his truck, tied a tourniquet on with his teeth and proceeded to back his truck out 5 miles of dirt road until he hit a space where he could turn it around. He then drove another 200 miles to the nearest medical station.
Or Carl Akeley, sculptor, photographer, inventor, big game hunter and taxidermist par excellance. While hunting in Africa he was attacked by a leopard. It grabbed a hold of his left hand. Pulling it out wasn't working so he shoved it farther down the leopards throat and started squeezing stuff until the leopard let go. He then proceeded to kill the leopard with his bare hands.
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Those were men with real stones.
Paul K. Dickman
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Paul K. Dickman
I momentarily thought he was doomed when he took the frog-poison dart, then realized he must have survived to write about it.
Great storyteller!
jsw
Reply to
Jim Wilkins
I read it back when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I still can picture parts of it. What an interesting life he led.
Paul K. Dickman
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Paul K. Dickman
Then you might like this:
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We know from other Flying Tigers pilots that Scott didn't let the facts hinder his storytelling, for instance he describes the chase from the elephant's primal and mystical viewpoint.
jsw
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Jim Wilkins

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