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woman fatally shot by hunter

ROCKPORT, Wash. - A 54-year-old woman was shot and killed Saturday by a boy who was hunting bear in Skagit County, sheriff's deputies said.

The woman, a resident of Oso, was hiking with a friend in the area of Sauk Mountain near Rockport when the shooting occurred.

Deputies were called to the scene at about 10:35 a.m., said Will Reichardt, chief criminal deputy with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a preliminary investigation, the woman was stopped on the trail putting something into her backpack when the hunter mistook her for a bear and fired one shot, which killed her.

The victim fell down a steep hillside after the shooting. Deputies were able to reach the victim and were able to confirm her death.

Due to the rugged terrain in the area, emergency search and rescue ground crew volunteers were called in and helped deputies and the Skagit County coroner in recovering the victim’s body.

The hunter is a juvenile from the Concrete area and was accompanied by at least one adult. He was talking with investigators, and no one was immediately in custody.

Detectives from the Skagit County sheriff's detectives, as well as an officer from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, were investigating.

The name of the victim was not released

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thats a very sad story. it could have been avoided if the hunter would have known his target before pulling the trigger.

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thanks for giving the rest of us a bad name!! i hope he's punished to the fullest extent of the law. age is not a factor in this situation. it's all about stoopidity.

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King Evil wrote:
thanks for giving the rest of us a bad name!! i hope he's punished to the fullest extent of the law. age is not a factor in this situation. it's all about stoopidity.

I would have to dissagree, a 14 year old shouldnt be able to hunt alone unless they had proven to a parent that they had the maturity to do so and to be hunting with a 16 year old doesnt make up for a parent or gaurdian. This definately highlights the need for supervision and proper guidence

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woman fatally shot by hunter

this is just a terrible situation for all party's involved. and i do believe there should be a serious consequentness for this boy. i don't think it should be a criminal charge but his hunting license should be revoked, and i hate to say it but i think it should be permanently. she like the bullet is not coming back and the the punishment should be just as severe.

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I would have to dissagree, a 14 year old shouldnt be able to hunt alone unless they had proven to a parent that they had the maturity to do so and to be hunting with a 16 year old doesnt make up for a parent or gaurdian. This definately highlights the need for supervision and proper guidence

"The hunter is a juvenile from the Concrete area and was accompanied by at least one adult."

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They have since reported that he was only accompanied by a 16 year old friend

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Sad... Dont know what to say... Mistakes happen everyday--sadly in the hunting world every year, also keep in mind even adults have did the same as this boy. Prayers go out to the loss.

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