Meeteetse – On Monday, November 30, 2020 at 2:30 p.m., the Park County Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call from a 61-year-old hunter in the Rose Creek area on the Meeteetse side of Carter Mountain. Walter Bruce Zimbelman, age 61 from Fullerton, North Dakota said that he was field dressing an elk with two other individuals when he rolled over on to a knife which penetrated his leg just below the knee. He was conscious and alert but had lost all feeling in his leg.
Park County Search and Rescue was immediately activated and at 3:00 p.m. deployed a ground team to the area with their rescue side-by-side. They were accompanied by a wilderness medical team from Cody Regional Health and an officer from the Wyoming Game and Fish who just happened to be in the area. At the same time, a medical helicopter from Guardian Flight in Cody was summoned to the scene.
At 3:34 p.m., Guardian Flight located Zimbelman and landed within 200 feet of his location. At 4:20 p.m., rescue personnel arrived at the scene to assist and at 4:30 p.m., Guardian lifted off, transporting Zimbelman to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana. His condition is unknown at this time.