PINKHAM CREEK, Mont. -

FWP workers rescued a paralyzed Canadian caribou on Tuesday, after it wandered into Northwest Montana. FWP officials say it likely had tick paralysis, and was unable to stand.

The animal had lain still for so long its radio collar sent off a signal to wildlife workers that it had died. FWP staff snowmobiled to its location and were surprised when the caribou looked up. They took it to a veterinarian in Eureka, where it was treated before being brought back over the border.

The female caribou is just one of 19 from northern British Columbia that were released in the Cranbrook area, roughly 40 miles north of the border. FWP officials say a caribou in Montana is very rare.