(Dubois, Wyo.) - Dubois Search and Rescue volunteers handled two separate Search and Rescue Missions in the Wind River Range Friday afternoon and into Saturday, Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a news release.
The first reported overdue hiker was a 57-year-old Lander man who was 20 hours overdue. The man was apparently hiking in the Torrey Lake area. The search for the man continued throughout Friday and into Saturday afternoon when volunteers located the man.
“He had reportedly been in a confrontation with a bear during his hike; he was not injured however he was disoriented as to his exact location,” Lee said. “The man was taken out of the area by Search and Rescue Crews.”
A helicopter from Sublette County was utilized during the search effort; air operations consisted of several crews being deposited into the Wilderness area to run trails in an attempt to locate the man.
One Search and Rescue volunteer was injured during a horse wreck, he was transported to the Lander Hospital for a broken bone. Additional details about the bear encounter and horse wreck were not readily available.
The second reported overdue hiker returned to the trailhead Friday evening without incident. He was not injured and had not been lost, he was simply overdue.