Lost in the Wilderness: 72-Year-Old Man Survives 19 Days

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When he came to, Gene Penaflor knew he had to do something. He didn’t know how long he’d been unconscious; just that he was in the wilderness, a man of 72 who had lost his way while hunting deer.

Man survives 19 days in wilderness.

Gene Penaflor, 72, was found Saturday after being lost in the Mendocino National Forest for 19 days. (credit: Jeremy Penaflor)

He had to quickly figure out how to survive, what to eat and drink, and how to stay warm.

And for almost three weeks, Penaflor did just that: subsisting on a diet of lizards, frogs and squirrels.

Penaflor was separated from his hunting buddy on September 24. At first, he tried find his way on foot out of the Mendocino National Forest, a vast nature preserve in northern California. But he was disoriented and quickly gave up.

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