Forest officials warn hunters to be prepared
October 19, 2018 07:15 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Forest officials say people are rescued almost every year because they weren't well prepared to enter the forest or wilderness areas. That's why they're encouraging hunters and adventurers to plan ahead of time.
“Hunters got lost in two separate instances in the Santa Fe National Forest within the past few days,” said Diane Prather, Forest staff officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator. “Luckily each hunter was found to be in good condition. We urge that if you are to hunt in the national forests, establish a “check in/check” out system with family members or friends.”
Officials say the fall months are especially dangerous with the falling temperatures and bad weather. It's important to look at the forecast ahead of time and let people know where you plan to go.
In addition to having a well thought out plan, wear suitable hiking gear, pack extra layers, always carry water, and an ample food supply.
Officials also suggest bringing a GPS, extra batteries and a safety whistle.
Contact the local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at (505) 438-5300 for more information.
Created: October 19, 2018 07:15 AM
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