“I’m being hunted like in Predator” – drug-fuelled hike leads to rescue callout

Aerial view of autumn leaves in New York
Drugs and alcohol – not aliens – are being blamed for the misadventure (Image credit: GabrielPevide)

An injured hiker who made a late-night call to forest rangers seeking help from extra-terrestrial predators was rescued this week from the Catskill mountains. Responding officers didn’t find any evidence of alien hunters, but plenty of clues that drugs and alcohol might be behind the misadventure.

According to officials with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, rangers at Catskill Park in New York state received the call at 2:45 a.m on Monday. The 36-year-old hiker was on Mount Tremper and had injured his ankle. He also said he believed he was, “being hunted like in 'Predator," referring to the 1987 Hollywood blockbuster depicting a series of deadly encounters with a hostile, extra-terrestrial species known as the Yautja. 

Three park rangers responded to the call and at around 6 a.m., they located the hiker fast asleep off the trail. Shortly afterwards, they discovered his 31-year-old hiking companion in the Mount Tremper lean-to

mountaineers on an adventure on a mountain ridge with light beams from head torches

Three park rangers responded to the call and at around 6 a.m., they located the hiker fast asleep off the trail (Image credit: Christopher Bellamy)

The men were observed to exhibit significant signs of drug and alcohol impairment, and it’s believed the two were involved in an altercation during which the caller had twisted his ankle. Both parties were examined by medics, and no signs of alien abduction or probing were present.

In addition to telling someone where you are going, leaving early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms and dressing in hiking layers, walkers are reminded that sobriety is an important aspect of hiking safety.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.