- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

MANCHESTER, Calif. (AP) - A hunter who was missing in the Northern California wilderness says he roasted grasshoppers and lizards during his seven days lost in the woods.

Dave Stornetta, a 59-year-old member of a well-known California ranching family, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat after his rescue Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1tl6mK8) he became separated from his grown son while tracking a deer in a wilderness area in Trinity County.

The Mendocino County resident withstood storms that sent trees crashing around him. He lit campfires and heated stones at night to stay warm, and credits his dog, Maggie, with curling up on top of him to share one another’s warmth.

Stornetta, who had a lighter on him when he became lost, also used the fires to heat grasshoppers and lizards he caught to eat. The biggest grasshoppers “were pretty good,” Stornetta said. Lizards were not as tasty, but “I just went for it, down the hatch,” he said.

“I’d get to spots where I was just amazed at the beauty of it. I just made the best of whatever I had,” Stornetta said.

Searchers organized by the Trinity County sheriff’s office suspended their search for Stornetta on Monday, five days after he went missing. On Tuesday, a charter helicopter hired by Stornetta’s wife, Kelly, spotted the man’s campfires, and rescued him.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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