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.