Firefighter missing in Los Padres National Forest

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Updated: 6/17 11:33 am

FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Ventura County are searching for an Arcadia firefighter who went missing Friday in the Los Padres National Forest after chasing his dog during a camping trip.

Sheriff's Capt. Mark Franke said Tuesday that 34-year-old Michael Herdman was hiking with a friend near the Tar Creek trail when he went running after his dog and disappeared in rugged terrain. Herdman was barefoot and wearing only shorts and a t-shirt.

It took the friend two days to hike out of the area and alert authorities.

Rescuers in the air and on horseback are searching the mountains above Fillmore.

Herdman is a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia Fire Department.

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tj2636 - 6/18/2014 9:04 PM
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TJ Elsbury • a minute ago Wildlife Biologist Tj Elsbury Rick • 28 minutes ago Given all the information as of this morning I'm inclined to think the dog went running off because it saw or smelled a mountain lion..Being there's hardly any deer left--due to hunting them in the rut- the lion, seeing the dog was not that large, stopped to attack the dog. Next along came Mike and the cat killed him and carted off his carcass either to bury it or possibly to its den to feed it's kittens. Now given the last information surfacing: the dog was spotted still alive this does not fit the scenario I just described. A best friend unlike a woman would fight to the death to protect its owner! There 's only one exception to this concept--if the dog is to small and physically incapable of winning it eventually might give up and will retreat. .For more information on mountain lions and people mysteriously vanishing in the outback Google my book, The Costs of Being Green Before Green was Cool A 51 Year Odyssey
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