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Postby SeanReedy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:09 pm

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_20138683/missing-month-hiker-found-safe-her-cat

A woman who had been missing for nearly a month in a New Mexico national forest was found alive Wednesday in a sleeping bag with her cat by her side, authorities said. Margaret Page, 41, was located by a rescue crew in the Gila National Forest around a mile up the Railroad Canyon Trail in rugged area known as the Black Range. That's where authorities believe where Page had purposely gone hiking off a trail with her cat between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 and set up a camp. Page has a history of mental illness, authorities said....


I have had cats that would follow me for miles, but it was always starting from my house.

I'm glad to hear that the woman is alive.
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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:26 pm

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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby RayMondo » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:44 pm

Cats over here too.

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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby Buckaroo » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:25 pm

I had a buddy that had a black cat that would come when he whistled and would ride with him on his motorcycle. Don't know if they ever went hiking but I'm sure that cat would have gone.
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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby SeanReedy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:48 pm

Buckaroo wrote:I had a buddy that had a black cat that would come when he whistled and would ride with him on his motorcycle. Don't know if they ever went hiking but I'm sure that cat would have gone.


I have one that will come from afar at my whistle and have had many that are in tune with the sound of a specific engine pulling up to the house.

Steve1215 & RayMondo, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. :wink: Aside from cat ladies, and labeling serious beliefs as myths, I think we are missing other serious ethical questions:

The vehicle 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 since crews sometime use vehicles to give the search dogs a scent to use.


Her cat was also hunting.
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Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:11 pm

^^^^^^

if the woman and her cat had been laying in that sleeping bag for a whole month, I'm sure there was plenty of "scent" for the dogs to detect them, even from a mile away.

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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby SeanReedy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:24 pm

Yes, all that rubbing against people and objects is part of the scent leaving process. Worse, who will clean up the cat poop and remove the scent of cat spray from the pristine wilderness? My uncle goes mountain biking in the area. I suspect he is outraged.
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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby simonov » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:57 am

SeanReedy wrote:Yes, all that rubbing against people and objects is part of the scent leaving process. Worse, who will clean up the cat poop


Dogs are useful for that, too.
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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby SeanReedy » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:23 am

simonov wrote:
SeanReedy wrote:Yes, all that rubbing against people and objects is part of the scent leaving process. Worse, who will clean up the cat poop


Dogs are useful for that, too.

Darn. There goes my guiltless weekend high atop a perch in the wilderness.
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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby lcarreau » Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:34 am

You don't mean hiking with Cougars ? :shock: Reminds me of this one ... :D

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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby lcarreau » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:25 am

Data always liked cats ... :roll:

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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby LuminousAphid » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:33 am

Ever since I got my cat a few months ago, I have wanted to try getting one of those "harness" things for her, partly because she always tries to get outside and partly for my own entertainment. But me and my roommate were talking about it the other day and decided that walking a cat on a leash is the activity of a crazy person... I guess that first story proves that we were right!

I think it would be awesome if a cat would follow you on a hike, but I would be worried I'd end up having to carry it when it just didn't want to go anymore. And unlike a large dog, it can't carry anything useful for me. And they hate water- water is literally everywhere in the places I hike sometimes
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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:41 am

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Pleeez...take this cat on a hike!

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Re: Hiking with Cats

Postby dadndave » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:45 am

Who said there was no such thing as evolution?

Looks like that critter's ancestors grew a third back leg to support the weight.

Seriously though, I don't believe domestic cats have any place in the wilderness. Dunno what happens in North America on this score, but feral cats are an enormous problem down here.

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