What’s the deal with mountain horneds?
On a recent Friday night, a group of hikers was out hiking in the mountains near the small town of Chippewa, Montana.
They had been following the herd of mountain hornets, which are common in the region, as they were migrating south along the Cascade Range.
They were taking a break when a large hornet appeared and began chasing them.
The hikers immediately alerted the mountain hornet’s herd, who then shot and killed the animal.
The group was on their way back to the town when they got the call from Montana Fish and Game.
“It was really frightening,” said Mike Mielke, who is a retired Montana wildlife biologist.
“We were on a cliffside, and the hornet was chasing us down and we were trying to avoid it.
A second hornet later attacked and killed a man on the same cliffside. “
That was a really scary moment for all of us.”
A second hornet later attacked and killed a man on the same cliffside.
Mielkes family had never encountered a hornets on the trail.
But he and his wife, Michelle, were prepared for what was to come.
“There were a lot of wild animals out there,” he said.
“So when the hornets came out, we knew something was not right.
It was really scary.”
It wasn’t long before the two hunters who were with them realized that the two hornets were not the same one that attacked them.
They called in the Mountain Rescue Team and the Montana Wildlife Service (MWS) responded.
The two hunters and Mielkes dog were transported to a veterinary clinic where they were diagnosed with severe, non-life-threatening wounds.
The veterinarian who treated the two animals said the damage to the wound was extensive.
The injured man was flown to the University of Montana in Missoula for surgery.
His dog was transported to the same vet.
“They treated the injuries to both of them really well,” said Mielkelke.
“The damage to both the horned and the mountain goat was significant, but not life-threatening. “
Mienke said the vets and the MWS are working to determine how they were able to track down the two individuals who attacked them and kill them. “
The damage to both the horned and the mountain goat was significant, but not life-threatening.
MWS officers will be looking for the two adults and the young goat that were found in the area. “
One of the things that we are hoping to find out is who these people are, and what they are up to,” Mielker said.
MWS officers will be looking for the two adults and the young goat that were found in the area.
They are still in the process of tracking down the other individuals that were there.
The MWS has sent out two teams to track the animals down.
If they can’t locate the adults, they are asking the public to call them.
MHS said they will work closely with Montana Fish & Game to try to locate and trap the two young goats.