Friday, March 14, 2014

Officers carry out grim job

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Conservation Officer Alex Head, left, scouts the scene Wednesday afternoon after he shot a cow elk that had apparently been hit by a motor vehicle on state Highway 75 north of Hailey. Head said the elk had compound fractures on both rear legs. He said the animal had been spotted lying near the east side of the highway by Blaine County sheriff’s Deputy Brad Mecham, right. “It looked like it had been lying there a long time,” Head said. “It was definitely suffering. We were lucky the deputy saw it so we could put it out of its misery.” A two-mile section of highway north of Hailey is notorious for wintertime collisions with elk, and the nighttime speed limit there was reduced to 45 mph in October. Head said only two animals had been hit there this winter. Conservation Officer Lee Garwood, who used to patrol the area, said that’s lower than the historical norm, though he said it’s hard to say whether that’s due to the reduced speed limit or the mild winter.
Express photo by Roland Lane

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