Hiker missing for nearly a month found with cat

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By Alysha Bohanon

A hiker lost for three and a half weeks in a New Mexico national forest has been found alongside her cat, news sources report.

Margaret Page, 41, was found in a sleeping bag Wednesday in Gila National Forest, where she had gone hiking with her cat around Feb. 10, KARE 11 reported.

Family members reported Page as missing Feb 14, but crews didn't begin searching for her until this week, according to Fox News.

Page was found emaciated and malnourished but well-hydrated. According to Fox News, she has a history of mental illness. Authorities believe she stayed alive by drinking water from a nearby creek while she fed her cat with cat food she had packed.

"Her cat was in better shape than she was," Marc Levesque, New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue incident commander told Fox News. "Her cat was also hunting. (Page) ran out of food a while back."

Page purposefully left the trail between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12. Temperatures in the area dropped below freezing every night, Fox News reported.

Levesque told Fox News that when Page arrived at Gila Regional Medical Center she was alert and articulate. She checked herself out of the hospital late Wednesday.

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