(Fremont County, Wyo.) - Earlier today, County 10 reported that a family showed up to Lip Rippers bait and tackle shop near Shoshoni with a baby antelope in their car. Read the initial story here
Phil Garhart, a Wyoming native who lives in Ethete and is the HR and
Activities Director at Wyoming Indian High School is the man who picked up
the baby antelope this afternoon. He reached out to County 10 to share his
side of the story.
"[My wife and I] were just pulling out of Shoshoni, and about 1/2 out we
saw something in the oncoming lane. We pulled up a little closer and saw it
was a baby antelope. He was so tiny and skinny. I saw the oncoming traffic
was a pickup truck pulling a camper and two semis, and I just couldn't
stand to sit and watch someone run over it. So I went over, grabbed him and
jumped back into my truck. We looked around and we didn't see any antelope
anywhere so we took him back to the bait and tackle shop and called Game
and Fish and police right away."
Phil explained that Game and Fish showed up right away and together they
put the baby antelope back near where the antelope was initially picked up.
He noted there were still no other antelope around.
When asked how he would respond to the negative comments towards his
actions Phil said, "I'm a Wyoming Native and I understand wildlife very
well. I'm a hunter and fisherman. I see my actions as aiding an animal, not
harassing. It was a matter of him dying right there or getting him out of
the situation. I'd do it again tomorrow."
Phil also noted that this was a "split second decision" and there "wouldn't
have been time to flag down the oncoming traffic or try to aide the
antelope in walking off of the highway." He said, "that baby was going to
be dead in a few seconds."
Phil estimates that the antelope looked to be about one day old. "He still
had the umbilical cord on him."
He was cited $420 and he will be taken to court. He says he "looks forward
to a jury trial because I'd like to have my peers in there listening to my
side of the story."
Phil was traveling with his wife and three dogs.
*Photo h/t Crystal Knigge / Pitchengine Communities*
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