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Dog Found Alive in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore After Fall from Miners Castle

A black dog is held by two rescuers.

Erik Olsen

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News Release Date: January 11, 2024

Contact: Joseph Hughes

Dog Found Alive in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore After Fall from Miners Castle 

Munising, MICHIGAN —On the evening of January 10th, a 3-year-old dog named Dancer got off her leash and fell off a cliff near Miners Castle onto a ledge 60 feet below. After hours of searching the area, Dancer’s owners were unable to locate their dog in the dark and were convinced she had not survived the fall. 

Later that night, Pictured Rocks Park Rangers received notification of the lost dog. Park Rangers enlisted the help of Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals (SHARP), a local rope rescue team, to recover the dog from the treacherous section of Lake Superior shoreline. 

SHARP members Erik Olsen, Westley Shaffer, and Tyler Davis went to the area the following morning and were able to locate a cold, but alive Dancer. Though she had spent the night trying to keep warm, she was excited to see rescuers. Dancer, who has been described as a “professional troublemaker”, has been reunited with her Minnesota-based family and is recovering well. 

“With this year’s mild start to winter, many areas of Pictured Rocks are more accessible than they are most years” Chief Ranger Joe Hughes said. “It is still important to remember to be prepared for slippery, cold conditions that can change quickly.” 

For more information on how to keep your four-legged friends safe while visiting, visit this webpage: 

Additional information regarding Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore can be found on Facebook @PicturedRocksNL and Instagram @picturedrocksnps. 

Last updated: January 11, 2024

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