Oregon hunter found not guilty in shooting death of California man he mistook for a bear

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 1:32 PM
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gleninthedenFeb. 25, 1312:20 PM

Apparently as part of obtaining any kind of hunting license, there needs to be training that shows hunters how to differentiate between a human and the other types of animals that are the intended target. As a case in point, the hunter in this article stated that he was going for the "kill shot" when he made his mistake. How did he know he was going to hit the vital organs unless he was able to make out the form of his target in a clear and distinct manner? Even though hunters are expected to and are usually able to tell differences between a male and female whitetail deer, this guy couldn't tell the difference between a human and a bear. I'm not implying that he intentionally tried to shoot a human, but this case does demonstrate that no assumptions should be made about the intelligence and ability of hunters to avoid such a horrible mistake. Instead I think there needs to be training for all hunters that reminds them of true stories like this and that by planting this and similar cautionary tails in the backs of their minds, hopefully it can insure that such a tragic mistake never happens again.

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