A Montana hiker missing in grizzly bear country since last Thursday, and the subject of an extensive search, has been found alive with her dog.
Madeline Connelly, 25, had become lost in the Great Bear Wilderness, and experts expressed concern this week when they found grizzly bear tracks over boot prints on at least one snowy trail.
But the tracks apparently helped lead rescuers to Connelly, who
told them she was able to hike out, but was instead airlifted via helicopter, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
“We were all hoping, and at the same time knew the odds,” Connelly’s uncle, Dan Fioravanti, told the Montana Standard.
Connelly, an avid hiker formerly from Chicago, was en route from her home in Arizona to start a new job in Alaska when she stopped to visit family in Montana.
She embarked on a day hike Thursday with her dog, Mogie, and was not seen again until rescuers found her Wednesday morning.