Citizens asked to stay away as the search for a cougar that killed a hiker continues

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: U.S. FOREST SERVICE - A map of the area closed by the U.S. Forest Service while the search for a cougar continues.The U.S. Forest Service has closed National Forest land in the Hunchback Mountain Area as the search continues for a cougar that killed a hiker.

Forest Supervisor Richard Periman ordered the closure of trails, including Hunchback Trail, Green Canyon Trail, Bonanza Trail, Salmon River Trail, Salmon Butte Trail, Cool Creek Trail, Veda Lake Trail, Dry Fir Trail, Jackpot Meadows Trail, Linney Creek Trail, Eureka Peak Trail, Kinzel Lake Trail, Old Salmon River Trail and Boulder Ridge Trail.

The majority of the area closure affects the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, with about 21,034 acres closed. The other 8,214 acres are non-wilderness. The closure will remain in effect for 30 days, and could be rescinded early or extended depending on what happens with the search for the cougar.

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