On June 6, 2013 Komo News aired the story “Of Moose and Men” that went viral on the Four Rivers Fishing Facebook page on Wednesday. It’s a true story of a doctor from Pennsylvania who was on a guided fishing trip with a guide from Four Rivers Fishing and their heroic rescue of a baby moose. Their heroic tale touches the heart and warms the soul.
The story unfolded as Karen Sciasia was on her guided fishing trip through Four Rivers Fishing in southwestern Montana. Off in the distance they spotted a female moose fighting her way across the river in a frantic sort of way. Karen said “we were watching this adult female struggling back and forth, and we didn’t see a baby until we got close.” She went on to say “Mom kept pushing – the current was pretty swift. The mother bolted and took off across the river. She was trying to get across the main portion of the channel, and even she struggled.”
In that area the current of the water was very strong and the waters were fairly high making it difficult for the large adult to cross. It would seem that as soon as her small calf stepped into the water flow that it was swept down the river. Karen Sciasia said “it was small, and the river was swift, we lost sight of the baby. It was hurtling downstream and was being pushed by the river. It was too small to ever fight the current.”
Karen and her fishing guide, Seth McLean with Four Rivers Fishing, knew that they needed to do something to help the small moose and its frantic mother. They pair headed downstream in search of the tiny moose. In recalling the event Karen said “we got up alongside it, and I just grabbed the little bugger. I scooped it up from the river under its front legs. I tried to hold it out, not wanting to get my scent all over it, but it was basically limp, it was breathing, and with my hand on its chest, I could feel its heart beating real fast.”
Four Rivers Fishing guide, Seth McLean, rowed them up stream and to the shore to release the animal safely. He quickly took a picture of Karen Sciasia and the calf before it was released. This would be a moment that none of them would ever forget, including the moose.
In their search for the calf they had lost sight of its mother in the woods. However, once the little was safe and let out a cry the mother came toward the sound in search of her baby. Karen said “when we last saw her, we were heading downstream; the mother was heading toward it. She had come out of the woods and was heading toward her baby.” She went on to say “it was cool to be in the right place at the right time.”
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