The Harney County Sheriff’s Office says a hunter died Saturday after falling several hundred feet over several bluffs near a mountain in eastern Oregon. Search and rescue teams found the body of 40-year-old James Mucken, of Salem, Oregon, on a steep hillside on the Little Blitzen River on Steens Mountain, located about two hours south of Burns. Steens Mountain. Courtesy: Google The recovery effort was suspended overnight Saturday due to darkness and dangerous conditions, but resumed Sunday. Due to the steep and difficult terrain of Steens Mountain and the surrounding area, search and rescue teams used more than 900 feet of rope to reach the area where the hunter had fallen. Several rescuers experience minor injuries during the recovery effort. Courtesy: Harney County Sheriff’s Office Harney County Search and Rescue, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Harney County EMS, the Bureau of Land Management and volunteers from both the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and Grant County Sheriff’s Office all assisted with the rescue and recovery operation.


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