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1/29/2015 Wisconsin lion hunter dies of apparent heart attack

On Thursday, January 22, a body was discovered above Adobe CreeOn Thursday, January 22, a body was discovered above Adobe Creek Road in Wetmore. Allan Hilgeman, 61, of Marathon, Wisconsin had an “apparent cardiac arrest earlier in the morning,” stated a press release from Custer County Search and Rescue (SAR).
Hilgeman had been hunting with his brother and area outfitters for mountain lions. He was found in a steep, wooded drainage. Both Florence EMS and Custer County deputies responded to the scene.
“We had a few issues getting folks called out,” said Custer SAR commander Cindy Howard, “but two tracked ATVs responded with two ground members.”
Howard explained that Fremont County SAR was called to assist as daylight began to fade.
“With daylight waning,” Howard said, “I was not willing to take a chance and not have a backup plan in place.”
Because Hilgeman’s body was at a lower angle, Howard heard from initial reports that a military helicopter might be necessary to extract him.
A technical team was used to recover the body instead, using both tracked vehicles from Custer County SAR.
Also helping at the scene were volunteers with the  Wetmore Fire Department.
– J.E. Ward
k Road in Wetmore. Allan Hilgeman, 61, of Marathon, Wisconsin had an “apparent cardiac arrest earlier in the morning,” stated a press release from Custer County Search and Rescue (SAR).
Hilgeman had been hunting with his brother and area outfitters for mountain lions. He was found in a steep, wooded drainage. Both Florence EMS and Custer County deputies responded to the scene.
“We had a few issues getting folks called out,” said Custer SAR commander Cindy Howard, “but two tracked ATVs responded with two ground members.”
Howard explained that Fremont County SAR was called to assist as daylight began to fade.
“With daylight waning,” Howard said, “I was not willing to take a chance and not have a backup plan in place.”
Because Hilgeman’s body was at a lower angle, Howard heard from initial reports that a military helicopter might be necessary to extract him.
A technical team was used to recover the body instead, using both tracked vehicles from Custer County SAR.
Also helping at the scene were volunteers with the  Wetmore Fire Department.
– J.E. Ward

 
 
 
 
 
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