Hiking Trails

Local dog survives falling off ledge of upper hiking trail



GRAND MARAIS, Minn.– Minnesota native Julian Stanke and his girlfriend Amanda went for a hike on the Superior Hiking Trail in Cook County on Sunday afternoon. When they stopped for a photo a mile and a half from the hike, their dog Bogi slipped off his leash and ran away.

After almost two hours, and seven miles of searching later, Bogi was heard barking, 30 feet from the trail on a cliff, with nowhere to go.

“I could see him, and he was standing, he looked good physically, he was responding to his name by looking at us and barking,” Stanke said.

It was already late and there was no easy or safe way down to Bogi, so Stanke had to make the difficult decision to leave him and return with help early in the morning.

“We were very lucky that he stayed put, you know it was the best thing he could have done and I think it probably protected him from other animals as well,” Stanke said.

A post from Stanke on the Upper Hiking Trail Facebook page prompted them to find help.

The post received over 100 shares and hundreds of reactions from people on the page. All over Minnesota, people were offering advice or help, and a conservation officer stepped in.

“It was pretty late in the evening, so I saw his last message that they were going to come back early in the morning and if anyone could show up, and I thought” it doesn’t really look like they have much. help, ”said Mary Manning, Cook County Conservation Officer.

On Remembrance Day at around 5 a.m., Stanke, his girlfriend, and Officer Manning met on the trail and rappelled Stanke overboard to save his dog.

“He was a little scared to come for a second and then when he realized it was me he came and just collapsed in my lap and I was able to put that life jacket on him and it was just a very touching 12 hour window there, ”Stanke said of his meeting with Bogi that morning.

Officer Manning gave advice on how to handle these kinds of situations and thanked Stanke for making the right decision at a difficult time, “Sometimes those tough decisions have to be made, and in this case I think that he absolutely did the right thing, you try to do what you can, but don’t put yourself in danger.

Bogi only had a scratch under his elbow but no other injuries were found.

“We can’t express enough how grateful we were to Officer Manning, but also to the people on the Upper Hiking Trail page,” Stanke said.

The DNR suggests being prepared for any length hike, being aware of the weather and trails before you hike, and it’s always a good idea to bring a map.

If your pet is also lost on the trail, you should also leave clothes for them that they can follow and follow safely.