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After search and rescue Thursday on Casper Mountain, Natrona sheriff’s office urges precautions for outdoor rec


CASPER, Wyo. — After a search-and-rescue operation on Casper Mountain late Thursday afternoon, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and emergency management officials are advising those headed outdoors to review commonsense precautions.

Two hikers became separated while hiking near Archery Range Park, the NCSO said in a release Friday. Around 5:25 p.m., the caller stated they had been calling out for their friend, who was not carrying a phone, to no avail.

In a joint effort with Casper Mountain Fire District, search-and-rescue specialists were able to locate both parties and assist them back to their vehicles with no injuries. 

“In this instance, these individuals were eventually able to be located with help from their cell phone,” the release said. 

“We would like to remind our residents and our visitors who recreate in our beautiful outdoor areas that although an area is initially easily accessible, it might not always be easy to navigate or traverse as you continue on,” the NCSO said.

 Natrona County Emergency Management offers the following advice:

  • Plan ahead to ensure you are prepared for your outdoor activities, as well as emergencies. 
  • Bring an excess of water.
  • Dress appropriately with proper footwear and plan for changing weather.
  • Carry your cellphone and ensure it has a full battery before setting out. Download BackCountrySOS, a simple-to-use smartphone app that allows you to quickly get your status and location information to emergency personnel. 
  • With spotty cellular service on Casper Mountain, consider adding a radio to your recreation bag and utilize Be 307 Aware by turning your radio to Channel 3, Code 07 to directly communicate with first responders. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you are recreating in and the dangers that could potentially present themselves. 
  • Do not be fooled by what you can see from where you parked; the difficulties can and do change in many areas. 

“We would like to thank our Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies, our dedicated Search and Rescue Volunteers, and the great volunteers from the Casper Mountain Fire Department,” said Michael Cavalier, Natrona County Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator. “Their willingness to serve this way is a testament to our wonderful Natrona County community!”