Search And Rescue Team Seeing Increase In Lost Hunters

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers aren't the only ones busy with hunters at this time of the year as the number of missions to find lost sportsmen soars in mesa county in recent weeks. The Mesa County Search and Rescue Team has responded to five reports of lost hunters in recent weeks, including three last weekend.

Search and Rescue Coordinator Lieutenant Don Hendricks with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the excellent hunting in Western Colorado draws hunters from around the nation, many of whom are unfamiliar with the area, but he says some local hunters let down their guard and get into trouble.

The Mesa County Search and Rescue Team is an all–volunteer organization coordinated by the sheriff's office. Team members supply most of their own gear, including skis, G.P.S. units, snowmobiles, A–T–V's and horses.

Radios, fuel and other group items come from a cache largely paid for through the sale of search and rescue cards and surcharges on hunting and fishing licenses.

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