Deputies rescue man from Tiger Mountain

October 27, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

Fish and wildlife authorities to investigate

Deputies rescued a hunter from Tiger Mountain State Forest after he twisted his knee atop the mountain Oct. 17, authorities said. Authorities then began investigating whether the 37-year-old Tacoma man had been hunting in a designated area, using a proper hunting weapon and whether he had broken any state regulations.Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the man shot a buck in the forest on Tiger Mountain. After he killed the animal, he twisted his knee and called 911 for help around 1:30 p.m.

Rescuers used the coordinates of the man’s mobile phone and located him at about 3:45 p.m. near the Artifacts Trail. The emergency crew used a rescue litter to extract the hunter from the forest.

Urquhart said he could not provide the man’s identity. He said the case was forwarded to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for further investigation.

Hunting with rifles is banned in Tiger Mountain State Forest; archery, muzzleloader and shotgun hunting is permitted.

Doug McClelland, the state Department of Natural Resources official whose territory includes Tiger Mountain, said the patchwork of jurisdictions around the state forest could be confusing.

Hunting is banned on Issaquah land, and King County has enacted no-shooting ordinances on private land outside the state forest. Though hunting is allowed in the state forest, hunters must abide by local rules and state regulations.

Despite the proximity of hunters and hikers, McClelland said there has never been a shooting accident in Tiger Mountain State Forest.

The state forest includes more than 80 miles of hiking trails. McClelland said the state preserve is more popular with hikers than hunters.

“There isn’t a large number of hunters on Tiger Mountain,” he said.

Darren Friedel, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the agency requested additional information from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Friedel said the case reached Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers Oct. 20.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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