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Lost Alaska hiker rescued after viewers spot him on bear cam asking for help

A stranded Alaska hiker was rescued last week after a handful of viewers spotted him on a livestream camera ahead of the anticipated “Fat Bear Week.” 

Around 4 p.m. last Tuesday, a disheveled hiker was spotted on Dumpling Mountain within Katmai National Park and Preserve. 

The hiker could be seen approaching one of 12 cameras operated by The hiker could be seen, seeming to mouth the words “help me.” Behind him, conditions are windy and rainy conditions with poor visibility. 

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A lost hiker on an Alaska mountain top.  (

Viewers who happened to be tuning in to the livestream notified the chat moderator who in turn alerted a Katmai Park Ranger. 

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Katmai National Park in Alaska, United States (Jean-Erick PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

The park sent a search and rescue team to rescue the hiker, who remained at the webcam site until 6:48 p.m. Footage shared by shows a team of rangers escorting the hiker down the mountain to Brooks Camp. 

The date for this year’s “Fat Bear Week” have not been announced, but voting in previous years typically takes place in early October.

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more. 


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