Cries for help may been mountain goats |

Cries for help may been mountain goats

ASPEN ” What sounded like someone calling for help after a rockslide may have been the bleating of mountain goats, rescuers said.

A hiker reported hearing distressed human cries after the slide above Grizzly Lake near Independence Pass on Tuesday. Rescuers searched the area, accounted for all the people staying at a nearby campground and found no unclaimed cars at access points to Grizzly Peak.

“I can’t say we’re 100 percent certain, but we can say with a high degree of certainty that there’s nobody up there,” Pitkin County sheriff’s patrol director Ann Stephenson said.

Nineteen members of the Mountain Rescue Aspen and a search airplane responded to the call.

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