Pregnant moose rescued from ice

Snowmachiners lasso, haul out ungulate trapped in frozen Slikok Creek

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

 

  A cow moose that fell through the ice of Slikok Creek south of Soldotna was helped out by area snowmachiners. Photo provided by Dave Sarsey

A cow moose that fell through the ice of Slikok Creek south of Soldotna was helped out by area snowmachiners.

Photo provided by Dave Sarsey

A pregnant moose that had fallen through the ice most likely will be giving birth this spring, thanks to the rescue efforts of four Kenai Peninsula snowmachiners and another man who happened by Thursday afternoon.

The foursome, Dave Darsey, Wayne and Rollin Braden and Lyle Johnson, first spotted just the head and ears of the moose cow sticking out of a hole in the ice in Slikok Creek off Arc Loop south of Soldotna around noon.

They checked on the large animal again a few hours later and found she was not able to get out on her own.

The four men decided they would try slipping a rope around her neck to help pull her free, but they were concerned she might bolt and they wanted to be sure the rope would slip off if she did.

The tactic didn't work. The rope kept coming off and the moose remained stuck.

A fifth man, Chuck Brady, a bear guard who was mauled by a bear near Anchor Point a year ago, joined the group in the rescue attempt.

After several unsuccessful tries, the men decided to lasso the cow and just pull.

The fatigued moose eventually came out after the four-hour rescue ordeal and simply laid down.

"She just rested for a while and then went to eat in some browse," Darsey said Friday.

"There's no telling how long she was in there — a day or a week," he said.

"She didn't hardly move when we put the rope on her. She never ran off," he said.



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