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Fatigued Hunter Assisted by Search and Rescue Team Saturday Night

The Montrose Search and Rescue team aided a hunter who was hiking around mile marker 30 on the Angeles Crest Highway on Saturday night.

A hunter in the Angeles National Forest phoned the Sheriff's Department and told them he was too fatigued to walk back to his car on Saturday night, according to Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The Montrose Search and Rescue team responded to the call and hiked in to assist the hunter, who was walked out by the team, Shepherd said.

The call came in around 7:45 p.m. and the hunter was located around the mile 30 marker on the Angeles Crest Highway, Shepherd said.

Corina Roberts October 15, 2012 at 04:20 PM
There are seasons for a wide variety of animals. Be aware when you hike at this time of year; there are a lot of urban hunters who shoot first and look to see what was later. Last December while working on the Forest Recovery Project I got shot at three times by the same person. He was in a closed part of the forest where there was once a shooting range. He never went to look and see if he had hit me; he just stood in one place kept shooting. He was parked within a few yards of where I was parked. I don't think it ever occurred to him that he might be shooting at a person. I made it up to the highway and asked him to stop shooting.
Jay Tee October 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
It's deer season. We encountered some hunters on Sunday who had just shot a deer and were carrying it back to their cars.
Fredric L. Rice October 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
As Corina notes, hunting is legal, they're not allowed to hunt within the San Gabriel Watershed, however. This person along mile marker 30 on ACH was outside of the Watershed so if he had a purchased license he was probably legal to do so.
Fredric L. Rice October 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
It's an interesting question and in retrospect the rescue team was right in making sure the "hunter" got out. One of the issues that we see down below is people getting too exhausted to leave the forest so they start ground fires to wait out the night while they sleep. Helping them get out of the forest allows for a better opportunity to get their matches and cigaret lighters out of the forest also. It costs tax payers to remove such people from the forest but cumulatively it is less expensive in the long run than to have them stay and start ground fires to stay warm. It works out because "hunters" who are inexperienced and irresponsible enough to get themselves in to a position where they are not prepared are the same demographic who are irresponsible enough to start ground fires to stay warm or, increasingly, start ground fires to "signal rescue" which is also a major reason why wild fires spawn from irresponsible people with matches. So rather than give the person the bill for the rescue, in retrospect it's good to get such people out of the forest or, perhaps, come up and search them for fire-making tools and then leave them there. :)
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