MISSOULA, Mont. - A Pennsylvania doctor on a guided fishing trip in southwestern Montana went home with an amazing tale of hauling in a 25-pound lunker - a baby moose she helped rescue from rushing waters.
Karen Sciascia of Red Hill, Pa., and a guide were fishing the Big Hole River on Saturday when they spotted a cow moose with a calf trying to cross the river.
When the calf stepped off the gravel bar into the water to follow its mother, it was swept downstream.
"It was small, and the river was swift," Sciascia said. "We lost sight of the baby. It was hurtling downstream and was being pushed by the river. It was too small to ever fight the current."
Sciascia and guide Seth McLean with Four Rivers Fishing Co. in Twin Bridges followed downriver, finally spotting the tiny moose's nose just above the water.
"We got up alongside it, and I just grabbed the little bugger. I scooped it up from the river under its front legs," Sciascia said.