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Accidental beacon signal prompts Wyoming backcountry search

August 4, 2018

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Rescuers hiked into a remote area of Wyoming in search of a woman who accidentally activated an emergency beacon and turned out to be all right.

The alert caused rescuers to first make a search flight late Thursday in Grand Teton National Park.

Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide the searchers saw flashing lights on the ground they believed were a distress signal.

Rescuers hiked to the area and found the Idaho woman, who didn’t know her beacon had activated. The lights turned out to be part of a fence around some llamas belonging to others in the backcountry.

Carr says local officials respond to a few accidental activations every year. He recommends keeping beacons in a hard case to prevent them from activating.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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