Sled dog recovering after being hit by snowmobile
Written by Jesse Baroka on January 13, 2022
WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a snowmobile driver who veered into a highly touted sled dog team in northern Wisconsin and injured two of the dogs, including one that ran the Iditarod last year. Ryan Redington, the Alaskan musher, and two-time winner of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, was out with his dogs on the Tri-County Corridor trail in Bayfield County at 6:45 p.m. Saturday when a snowmobiler veered near him, sped up, and ran into the dogs. The driver then sped off. All the dogs were either wearing blinking or reflective harnesses. Wheel dog Wildfire broke his leg in three places. Another dog, Willy, suffered a bruised foreleg. Wildfire, the sled dog whose leg was broken in a crash with a snowmobile, had surgery Tuesday that required the dog to get a couple plates and 18 screws put in. Wildfire is expected to make a full recovery and run again. A go fund me page to cover veterinarian costs with a $9,000 goal has raised more than $39,000.