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Highway Patrol helicopter rescues hiker from mountain lion

The hiker called 911 for help, as the lion was just 25 feet away from him and approaching

By Gus Thomson
The Auburn Journal

COLFAX, Calif. — A California Highway Patrol helicopter played a key role from the air in protecting a hiker being stalked by a mountain lion on a trail near Colfax.

A state Fish and Wildlife spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the cougar was shot and killed Sunday by a warden after the cat made an aggressive approach toward him on the same trail.

The Highway Patrol chopper was called in by the Placer County Sheriff's Office after the hiker's 911 call was received late Saturday from the Stevens Trail, a rugged pathway into the North Fork American River canyon east of Colfax.

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