March 2021 - 17

Game Wardens Shawn Blajszczak, David Ellsworth and Jason Sherwood prepare to move an
immobilized moose into a horse trailer for transport to the mountains. A blindfold is used to reduce
the animal's anxiety and protect its eyes. The moose was moved onto a special tarp and carried to
the trailer with assistance from local law enforcement. (Photo by Robin Kepple/WGFD)

Jackson Wildlife Biologist Aly Courtemanch darts a bull elk in a resident's yard near
Wilson after it repeatedly charged the residents and its own reflection in the home's
picture window. Several attempts to scare the elk away failed, so wildlife managers
decided to immobilize and relocate the animal. (Photo by Mark Gocke/WGFD)

" An animal could take off and run. If they are near a
main thoroughfare, it could be tragic. "
that is only tranquilized could still be able to
bite, kick and scratch. "
Once darted, the animal will become
subdued and safe for Game and Fish to handle.
Allowing hands-on problem solving is often
the goal, like untangling a deer's antlers from
a hammock or getting an animal out of a tight
spot. Depending on the state of the animal, it
could be relocated and released. In some cases
animals are overly stressed from being in an
unfamiliar environment, sick or injured and
must be euthanized.
" Every case is different, " Harter said, " but
we always work hard for a favorable outcome. "
Chemical immobilization is only one
in a suite of immobilization tactics wildlife
managers use. There are a variety of drugs
and physical immobilization tactics for other
human conflict or research scenarios. In all
cases, Wyoming's wildlife managers are trained
and able act in whatever way necessary.
- Sara DiRienzo is the Wyoming Game and Fish
Department public information officer.

Aly Courtemanch, Jackson wildlife biologist, and Ben Wise, Jackson wildlife disease biologist, remove a set of Christmas lights from the
antlers of a tranquilized buck mule deer at a residence in Jackson. (Photo by Mark Gocke/WGFD)

		

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March 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March 2021

Cover
From the Director
In this issue
A couple pennies
Mailbag
Opening shot
News
Ask Game and Fish
Project profiles
Case files
In the field
Tracking the rarest carnivores
Seeking the slam
A family matter
Getting kids outside
Wild country dispatch
Backpage
March 2021 - Cover
March 2021 - From the Director
March 2021 - In this issue
March 2021 - A couple pennies
March 2021 - Mailbag
March 2021 - Opening shot
March 2021 - 7
March 2021 - News
March 2021 - 9
March 2021 - 10
March 2021 - 11
March 2021 - Ask Game and Fish
March 2021 - Project profiles
March 2021 - Case files
March 2021 - 15
March 2021 - In the field
March 2021 - 17
March 2021 - Tracking the rarest carnivores
March 2021 - 19
March 2021 - 20
March 2021 - 21
March 2021 - 22
March 2021 - 23
March 2021 - 24
March 2021 - 25
March 2021 - Seeking the slam
March 2021 - 27
March 2021 - 28
March 2021 - 29
March 2021 - 30
March 2021 - 31
March 2021 - A family matter
March 2021 - 33
March 2021 - 34
March 2021 - 35
March 2021 - 36
March 2021 - 37
March 2021 - Getting kids outside
March 2021 - 39
March 2021 - 40
March 2021 - 41
March 2021 - 42
March 2021 - 43
March 2021 - 44
March 2021 - 45
March 2021 - Wild country dispatch
March 2021 - 47
March 2021 - Backpage
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