Historic Note - Week of November 26th

Choteau Acantha, November 30, 1933

HUNTER WOUNDED BY PARK RANGER

SUSPECTED POACHERS REFUSE TO STOP CAR ON COMMAND AND OFFICER FIRES

A Cooke City man was shot in the side and slightly injured near Cooke City when a Yellowstone park ranger shot into a moving car in an attempt to stop the men.

Three men were suspected by the ranger of having entered the park and killed several elk. The ranger blocked the road to stop them on their return but the men drove the car through the blockade. The ranger fired two shots into the rear of the car.

One bullet passed through the windshield of the car just above the driver’s head. The other was fired lower and caught one of the men in the side, inflicting a slight wound. All three men were riding in the front seat of the car.

The men kept going and the sheriff’s office in Livingston was called to go to Cooke City and apprehend the trio. Sheriff Taylor Darrock and Deputy Vern Meigs came upon the men going toward mammoth Hot Springs.

The three were placed under arrest and returned to mammoth, where they will face court charges.

The elk, said to have been shot by the men, had not been found when the officers returned. Park rangers, however, are searching for the meat, thought to be hidden in the mountains around Cooke City.


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