Friday, January 07, 2022

West Virginia Bear Hound Rescue

From the West Virginia Natural Resources Police:

On Thursday December 30th, 2021, a pack of bear dogs chased a bear from Zenith onto property owned by Justice Family Farms [Jim Justice is the Governor of West Virginia]. The hunters lost track of the dogs and after arriving at their last know location, they realized the dogs had fallen into a cave while chasing the bear.

After discussing the situation and the magnitude of the solutions, the hunters called for assistance. After being brought up to speed on the dilemma, Governor Justice was adamant about doing what was necessary to rescue the bear dogs. Monroe County VFD, Stat EMS and the Natural Resource Police were called to the scene.
The Fire Department deployed the equipment needed to repel into the shaft, which included a series of ropes, carabiners, and a tripod. Chief Jameson repelled down approx. 70 feet when he encountered the bear sitting on a cave ledge 15 feet below him. The problem here was that the dogs were 15 feet below the bear. After a few scary minutes, the bear jumped off the ledge and continued down another shaft of the cave.

Finally, Chief Jameson was able to get to the bottom of the cave and both dogs were located alive. The dogs were then rigged with a harness and hoisted one by one back to the surface. During this time, the bear kept coming back in the cave room to see if its unwanted guest had left. After both dogs were safe on the surface, Chief Jameson was then hoisted back up to complete the rescue.

Chief Jameson spent approximately 45 minutes in the cave while performing the rescue. The dogs, Wyatt and Minnie, had fallen 100 feet to the floor of the cave. Minnie sustained some tissue damage around her eye and Wyatt broke his pelvis, but both dogs will recover in a few weeks.

The dog’s owner, 8-year-old Conner, was excited to have his dogs back safe and sound. Governor Justice, who has hunting dogs of his own, was very glad of the outcome and that Conner will be able to get his dogs back afield before long.

1 comment:

Chas S. Clifton said...

Retail politics at its finest. (And is there a pun on "tail" in there somewhere?)