Sheriff's Department Bloodhound Tracks Down Man Lost in Idyllwild Forest - NBC Southern California

Sheriff's Department Bloodhound Tracks Down Man Lost in Idyllwild Forest

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    Sheriff's Department Bloodhound Tracks Down Man Lost in Idyllwild Forest
    Riverside Sheriff's Department
    Copper, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department bloodhound K-9 unit, and his handler Deputy George Scott pose after teaming up to locate a lost elderly man who had wandered away from his family at a campground near Idyllwild.

    A bloodhound K-9 named Copper located an 80-year-old man who was reported missing after he walked away from Fern Basin Campground near Idyllwild, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

    The man had been missing for more than seven hours by the time Copper and his handler, Deputy George Scott, were called to assist in locating him. After being provided a jacket to find the man's scent, Copper tracked him over the mountain terrain before ultimately locating him on the side of a hill.

    Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit and Riverside County CAL-FIRE personnel helped free the man from the hillside before reuniting him with his family. He was treated for dehydration, according to the Sheriff's Department.

    Copper was rewarded for his efforts with a sweet treat from a local coffee shop.

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