Missing horse found after week in Alaskan wilderness

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Eklutna Lake and Bold Peak, in Chugach State Park, Alaska. Photo: Wikipedia/Spireguy
Eklutna Lake and Bold Peak, in Chugach State Park, Alaska. Photo: Wikipedia/Spireguy

A horse missing in the Alaskan wilderness for a week has been found dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise well.

Windy, an American Quarter Horse Belgian cross had vanished from Christene and B.J. Gravley’s hunting campsite near Ship Lake, in Chugach State Park, and could not be found.

A search party on horseback tried to return to the campsite on Friday, but was forced to turn back.

Andy Fowler saw an article in the Anchorage Daily News and offered to fly B.J. Gravley over the area by helicopter.

He was flown in on Friday evening and spotted the mare about three-quarters of a mile from the campsite, her trailing tether rope having snagged on a tree.

Gravley and a friend, Rose Brigmon, rode in on Saturday and retrived Windy.

Windy was fed and watered and, according to an Anchorage Daily News report, led the way out on the trail.

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