CANADA: Renowned conservationist Karsten Heuer ‘super lucky’ after fall from hunting tree stand


Well-known Canmore resident and dedicated conservationist Karsten Heuer is lucky to be alive after falling about 25 feet from a tree while bow hunting in the Bow Valley last week.

Alberta EMS was called to a staging area near Grotto Canyon Trail shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 24) to rendezvous with Kananaskis Country Public Safety specialists who had found Heuer in the woods badly injured on the ground below a tree stand.

STARS air ambulance then flew him to Foothills Hospital in Calgary where he underwent surgery on Saturday and is recovering.

“He is super lucky,” said Michael Olsthoorn, a public safety specialist with Kananaskis Country, noting he believes Heuer was lying on the ground for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half after falling 20 to 25 feet and was unconscious for an unknown period of time.

“We don’t know the circumstances of what happened, but he was in pretty rough shape.”

Leanne Allison, Heuer’s wife, said that he has serious injuries from the fall, but a full recovery is expected in the coming months. …


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