A wilderness ranger and her dog both got a ride out of the deep wilderness after the ranger called to report an injured shoulder. Photo: Teton County Search & Rescue

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Search and Rescue got an early-morning wakeup call Tuesday that took them deep into the wilderness to help an injured backcountry ranger.

The ranger had been hit by a falling tree days ago and injured her shoulder. She was “way out” at the edge of the Teton Wilderness, according to a Facebook post from TCSAR, in the heart of the most remote place in the contiguous United States. The pain became too much to bear, and she called for help at 3:19 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Teton County Search and Rescue worked together with the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the wilderness area, to respond.

The interagency team dispatched a helicopter to the Hawks Rest Patrol Cabin at 8 a.m., two miles from the Yellowstone National Park boundary. Both the ranger and her dog were there waiting, and both got a ride back to Jackson after an initial assessment for additional medical attention. Rescuers also pet the dog, TCSAR said on Facebook.

Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.