Call of the Wild

A mountain killer breaks loose

The myths of the romanticized West die hard, a fact that was making a tough job even tougher last week for a 100-man posse in three states. The searchers were engaged in an all too familiar chore: hunting down Claude Dallas, 36, a self-styled "mountain man" who cold-bloodedly killed two game wardens in January 1981. After the slayings, Dallas eluded similar posses in the bleak, high desert country near the Oregon-Idaho-Nevada border for 16 months before he was wounded and caught in April 1982. On Easter Sunday, Dallas cut his way through two fences at the Idaho State Correctional Institution near...

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