An eight-year-old boy who went missing for two days in a remote national park home to black bears has been found safe and well. Nante Niemi was seen in a photograph being carried on the back of a rescuer in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Monday. The schoolboy was discovered near a log in the western Upper Peninsula of the Michigan park at around 1.30pm. He was approximately two miles from his campsite.
As well as being home to black bears, the temperatures in the park plummeted to around 5C (40F) overnight over the last two days. Other large mammals occupying the park include occasional cougars, moose and bobcats.
The park posted a photo of one of the searchers carrying Nante on his back. Another photo on Facebook shows the boy wearing a dirty sweatshirt and munching on a candy bar.
Nante had been gathering wood while camping with his family when he was last seen Saturday around 1pm in the 60,000-acre park.
According to Michigan State Police, Nante had been with his family, with half of the group fishing while the other half collected firewood.
Michigan State Police said: “He had braved the elements by taking shelter under a log where he was ultimately found. He is in good health and reunited with his family.”
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More than 150 people from various law enforcement groups joined the search on foot, in the air and on water. The park has rivers and lakes and is situated along Lake Superior.
The Hurley School District in Wisconsin, where Nante is a student, was elated by the discovery.
The district said on Facebook: “Words can not describe the emotions and joy the students and staff are experiencing at this moment!”
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is popular for hiking, camping and for swimming and boating.
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