WATCH: Woman lost in Montana wilderness known for bears airlifted to safety

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A missing woman lost in the woods of Montana was found alive on Wednesday.

Madeline Connelly was last seen near Essex almost a week ago before being located Wednesday morning at about 10 a.m. according to Flathead County dispatch.

She went for a seven mile hike with her dog, Mogie. She was in town from Arizona visiting family and went for a day hike on May 4 in the Great Bear Wilderness. Of course, the Great Bear Wilderness is known for having dense black and grizzly bear populations.

Family told CBS Chicago her dog was also found alive. Connelly went to high school in Chicago and family there said they were "overjoyed" she has been found.

KPAX reported she was treated at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, released and reunited with her family.

“The first night I realized I was not in the right place, but I thought if I kept going I would be on the same loop of a trail and I would just get out,” she said in a hoarse voice, with her relieved parents flanking her. “Then I ended up on a lake and I was like, ‘This is not right.'”

Connelly said she was sleeping under trees and hiking about 10 miles a day.

"I had my dog with me," she told Montana media. "We rested for about 2 days because I just couldn't move. One day, it kind of snowed."

When she was found, according to relatives, she told rescuers that she wanted to hike out. They refused her request and lifted her into a helicopter.

This story has been updated.

 

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