WA - Fatal accident of non-hunter caused by youth hunter
Woman Fatally Shot By Bear Hunter
August 2, 2008
SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -- A woman was fatally shot by a bear
hunter on Sauk Mountain, said Chief Deputy Will Reichardt of the Skagit
County Sheriff’s Office.
A 54-year-old woman from Oso was hiking with a friend around 10:30
a.m. Saturday when a group of hunters were also in the mountain.
One of the hunters, a juvenile male from Concrete, spotted what he
thought was a bear and fired a round, fatally wounding the woman.
Deputies said a preliminary investigation indicates that the woman
was stopped on the trail putting something into her backpack when the
hunter mistook her for a bear and fired one shot.
The incident happened along Highway 20 west of Rockport. Reichardt
said it’s legal to hunt bear in that area and it’s also a popular hiking
The hunter was accompanied by at least one other person, police said.
Police said no one is currently in custody and they continue to
interview the hunter and the woman who was hiking with the victim.
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