Woman spends 5 hours in a tree hiding from coyotes in New Jersey

 April Lewis was staying at America's Keswick in Manchester, NJ. Media reports say she was found in the highlighted area.

April Lewis was staying at America's Keswick in Manchester, NJ. Media reports say she was found in the highlighted area.

20150727 coyote 400 for web with captionA Pennsylvania hiker was stuck in a tree for nearly five hours after trying to escape from coyotes in a wooded area of Ocean County, New Jersey.

The Asbury Park Press reports that Manchester Township police found April Lewis tied to a tree about 15 feet off the ground early Monday.

The Quakertown, Pa., resident thought she had spotted coyotes in the distance and climbed the tree for safety. Lewis, who didn’t have her cellphone, cut off a piece of her pants to tie herself to the tree.

A search began after a man heard Lewis’ cries for help and called police.

Officers found Lewis and firefighters helped her down from the tree. She was evaluated at the scene and was released.

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