By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A U.S. Forest Service backcountry ranger who was hit by a falling tree in the Teton Wilderness was rescued, along with her dog, on Tuesday by Teton County Search and Rescue.
According to the search and rescue team, the ranger had been hit by the falling tree days ago and suffered a shoulder injury. The pain was unrelenting, so she called for help at 3:19 a.m. Tuesday, prompting a response from TCSAR and the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the area she was in.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, a team of two TCSAR volunteers, a USFS ranger and a pilot traveled by helicopter to the Hawks Rest Patrol Cabin, which is just miles from the Yellowstone National Park boundary, one of the most remote places in the contiguous U.S.
Upon landing, the team found the ranger and her dog in the cabin.
“They assessed the patient’s injuries (and pet the dog) before loading her and the canine into the helicopter, and flew back to Jackson for additional medical attention,” the team wrote on social media. “The team was out of the field just after 10 a.m. Thank you to the USFS and pilot for the invaluable partnership. Our team was happy to have had a hand in helping this ranger get out of a jam.”