A wild bull elk gored a shepherd in the mountains in eastern Utah, puncturing one of the man's lungs, knocking him unconscious and forcing him to later walk several miles to get help from a friend.

The friend sought out state wildlife officials, who aided in saving the man's life the next day.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1cLt8QS ) the lifesaving efforts happened Wednesday in the La Sal Mountains east of Moab.

Wildlife officials say they were loading crates used to relocate wild goats when a sheepherder approached and started speaking to them frantically in Spanish.

A Spanish-speaking officer helped determine the man's friend was injured, and the friend led officers to the hurt man.

Officers say 31-year-old Peruvian sheepherder Hugo Macha was gored Tuesday evening and later walked about 5 miles to find his friend.

Officers bandaged Macha and gave him oxygen before he was airlifted to a hospital.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com