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Forest Rangers Search for Missing 83-Year-Old

(CN) - A report by New York search-and-rescue authorities Monday describes a track coach's run-in with a bear and an elderly man missing for the past day outside Lake George.

At age 83, the missing man hails from Troy, N.Y. A hunting party reported the man missing Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. when he failed to rendezvous with them in the Lake George Wild Forest, near Lily Pond, in Horicon, N.Y.

After four forest rangers searched the Lily Pond area until midnight with no results, the search picked up again today with seven forest rangers and a New York State Police Aviation Unit helicopter.

As of 11:00 a.m. the hunter has not been located.

Last week, forest rangers did track down a track coach reported lost at Meacham Lake on Nov. 10.

The 45-year-old man from Norwood, N.Y., became lost while practicing with the Franklin Academy cross-country team at a campground.

Cellular service was unavailable so the bus took the students back to the Malone Central School District, leaving a second coach at the scene.

The school bus garage called state authorities at 5:30 p.m., and forest rangers responded to the location at 6:15 p.m.

After searching campground roads and trails with no success, a forest ranger proceeded along the Meacham Lake shoreline and up to a ridgeline where heard a man calling out.

At about 9:15 p.m., the forest ranger located the missing coach in a wetland 1.5 miles from where he was last seen at 4:30 p.m.

The coach "said he followed the trail until it got dark and then stopped and leaned up against a small tree to rest," according to notes from the state. "The tree fell over, startling a nearby black bear the man had not noticed. He backed away from the bear slowly, but lost the trail in the dark. The Forest Ranger provided the man with dry clothes and escorted him back to the campground at 10:15 p.m."

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