Posted: Jun 10, 2013 10:23 AM by Bernie Riggs - MTN News
Updated: Jun 10, 2013 10:28 AM
DEER CREEK - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks played the role of lifeguard on Saturday after a baby moose got trapped in a swimming pool.
Aspiring deputy Robert Wetzel, who just happened to be doing a ride-along when the call came in.
Wetzel is no stranger to the inner workings of law enforcement, having spent time in the U.S. Air Force and the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office, but on Saturday, Wetzel couldn't quite believe his ears.
"When it came across I honestly thought I needed more coffee. I thought maybe I was hearing something, and then we actually went to the call and lo and behold, my goodness, there's a baby moose in a swimming pool," he recalled.
Authorities believe that the calf probably stepped onto the covered pool mistakenly sometime during the night, so law enforcement and FWP were called in for the pool rescue.
"All this was happening under the watchful eye of the mother, which was intimidating. She took a couple charges at us, and you don't want to mess with momma," Wetzel observed.
Deputies herded mom away long enough for someone to pull out the exhausted calf, whose legs were pretty wobbly.
It was just another day on the job for Wetzel and the rest of the folks who responded to Saturday's call on Bootlegger Trail.
"It's a once-in-a-decade type call," Wetzel said, and then added, "Well, in Montana, probably once in a week type call."
While he's steadily employed and living comfortably in the Hamilton area, Wetzel says he hopes to get back into one of the local law enforcement agencies.