A National Park Service worker was injured when the mule he was riding bucked him off on an Arizona mountain, officials said.
He was packing equipment and supplies into Manning Camp in Saguro National Park the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12, when it happened, Pima County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue officials said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The camp “serves as a high elevation base” for fire and natural resources studies, according to the National Park Service website.
It sits at 8,000 feet of elevation and “exists in a completely different climate from the desert scrub” at the Visitor Center, the website says.
Search and rescue officials airlifted the worker off the mountain in a helicopter, the X post says.
A @SaguaroNPS employee was injured this morning when he was bucked off a mule near Manning Camp. Sheriff 1 responded and was able to transport the patient off the mountain. @PimaSheriff #sar pic.twitter.com/qMVTXAFQun
— PCSD Search and Rescue (@PCSD_SAR) September 12, 2023
Officials didn’t provide details about the worker’s condition or about what, if anything, may have spooked the mule.