PLACER COUNTY – The assignment that officers Monty Emery and David White received on Saturday is unlike anything they had ever experienced or expected as helicopter pilots with the California Highway Patrol.
The officers were dispatched to help a hiker, David Nash of Rocklin, who was being stalked by a mountain lion on the Stevens Trail near Colfax. The man was not able to scare the lion off. It was blocking his path two miles from the trailhead, and the sun was setting.
Emery and White found Nash frantically waving a flashlight, with the lion standing 20 to 30 feet in front of him. But there was no suitable place to land the helicopter, so they hovered above and scared off the lion with a powerful spotlight. They hovered above Nash until deputies reached him.