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Missing for Weeks, Hiker Found Alive in NM Forest
Times Union ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012

Posted on 03/12/2012 3:43:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Snuggling in a blue sleeping bag, Margaret Page and her cat survived 3 1/2 weeks in a rugged New Mexico national forest, even though temperatures dropped below freezing nearly every night.

Family members reported her missing Feb 14. But for various reasons, authorities didn't start searching for her until this week. The 41-year-old Page, who has a history of mental illness, was found Wednesday emaciated and malnourished but well-hydrated.

Relying on a creek for drinking water, Page and her cat named Miya lived on just a handful of supplies, rescue workers said Friday. The nearest town — tiny Dusty, N.M. — was 10 miles away.


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: cat; newmexico

1 posted on 03/12/2012 3:43:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Who takes their cat hiking???


3 posted on 03/12/2012 4:03:04 PM PDT by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: HP8753; F15Eagle

Both good questions I wondered myself.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 4:05:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

After 3 weeks with no food, that has to be the damnedest luckiest cat that ever lived.
*sorry cat lovers*


5 posted on 03/12/2012 4:14:45 PM PDT by arbee4bush (My Dad, My Hero. Love You Dad!!)
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To: HP8753
Who takes their cat hiking???

Someone with a history of mental illness...

(reading the article is your friend....)

6 posted on 03/12/2012 4:17:05 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because REALITY is never digital...)
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting:

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“Her cat was in better shape than she was,” said Marc Levesque, New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue incident commander. “Her cat was also hunting. (Page) ran out of food a while back.”

Page apparently purposefully hiked off a trail between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12. A Forest Service law enforcement agent spotted her silver Chevy passenger car on Feb. 12, but didn’t think much of it because hikers leave vehicles near trails all the time, said Lt. Robert McDonald, a spokesman for the state police.

Another Forest Service agent noticed the car on Feb. 25 but didn’t contact state police until 10 days later. Members of the Grant County Search and Rescue and other crews began the search for Page on Tuesday after her family notified state police that Page’s car had been found at a campground.

She was found the following day about a mile up the Railroad Canyon Trail in an area known as the Black Range.

The area had seen average highs reach around 60 degrees with evening lows in the 20s. It didn’t see much rain or snow, but there were some high winds.

Authorities don’t believe Page intended to stay in the forest for as long as she did when she first set up camp, and they aren’t sure what she ate after she ran out of food.

“She is an experienced backpacker,” search crew leader Dave Kuthe said. “She had adequate shoes...she just took a bag of pretzels with her.”

Also, Page’s car was towed as crews began their search mission — something Robert Matulich, a field certified member of the Dona Ana County Search and Rescue team, said was unusual. Crews sometime use vehicles to give the search dogs a scent to use, he said.

“It looks to me like somebody dropped the ball on this one,” Matulich told the Silver City Sun-News (http://bit.ly/wkSzoB). “Why’d they tow the truck? Who towed the truck?”

Levesque said by the time Page arrived at Gila Regional Medical Center she was alert and articulate, even though she had lost about 20 to 25 pounds during the ordeal.

She checked herself out late Wednesday and spent the night in a Silver City hotel. And she’s been reunited with her cat.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Missing-for-weeks-hiker-found-alive-in-NM-forest-3396233.php


7 posted on 03/12/2012 4:22:27 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: F15Eagle
Well, wonder what those reasons were?

Earlier thread:

Missing hiker found with cat in New Mexico forest

Reasons were that a Forest Service ranger spotted her car on Feb. 12, "but didn't think much of it because hikers leave vehicles near trails all the time," said a state police spokesman. A second Forest Service ranger noticed the car on Feb. 25 but didn't contact state police until 10 days later. Seems like there should be a registration box at the trail head to let a ranger know when you departed and when you plan to return.

Also, she has a history of mental illness. She had a tent with her but didn't put it up. Guess the bears are still in hibernation and the reintroduced wolves full with rancher's new born calves.

8 posted on 03/12/2012 4:27:52 PM PDT by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: HP8753

Who takes their cat hiking???


I don’t but if I did I would have eaten around week two and use the fur to warm my trunk. :)


9 posted on 03/12/2012 5:15:28 PM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Leep

EDIT:

Who takes their cat hiking???


I don’t but if I did I would have eaten the cat around week two and used its fur hide to warm my trunk. :)

Littel I am Lisdexic.


10 posted on 03/12/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: nickcarraway

Was she even trying to get out? The story suggests she was still on the trail, and only a mile from the trailhead. She was also on a stream; the way I learned it, if lost, just follow the water out, as water usually runs downhill and to people.


11 posted on 03/12/2012 5:57:45 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: arbee4bush

Lucky cat? Are you kidding?

The cat had a great time. Cats are hunters. They’re survivors. Too bad the cat didn’t share her food with her companion.

I don’t think I know anyone who takes their cat hiking. Camping, yes. Sailing, yes. Hiking, I don’t think so.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 7:21:05 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Leep

I don’t but if I did I would have eaten around week two and use the fur to warm my trunk. :)

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14 posted on 03/12/2012 8:31:15 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

Do you mean Dahmer as in Jeffrey? You are kidding.right?
Its hard to tell sometimes.
Otherwise, surviving by eating a cat is a little different than eating people for some twisted thrill.
My only regret would be I didn’t have any CATsup.


15 posted on 03/13/2012 3:48:51 AM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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