Missing hunter found by snowmobiler two days later

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A missing Vermont hunter has been found in western Maine, about 11 miles from where he was reported missing.

Officials say 53-year-old Steven Wright of Woodford, Vt., was coherent when he was found yesterday afternoon by a snowmobiler. He was flown to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for treatment after being in the bitter cold and snow for two days.

Wright set out on Tumbledown Mountain in Byron on Monday morning and became separated from other hunters as they were tracking a deer. This is Maine’s muzzleloader hunting season.

A storm that blanketed Maine with fresh snow left 15 inches or more on the ground in the area where Wright was missing. A search began Tuesday, and two planes and two helicopters aided ground searchers yesterday, with windy conditions and the weather at 10 degrees.

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