Delta hunter shot after being mistaken for wildlife

A 56-year-old man is in serious but non-life threatening condition after being shot near Pink Mountain, northwest of Fort St. John.

A 56-year-old Delta man is in serious but non-life threatening condition after being shot during a hunting trip in northeastern B.C.

On Oct. 16 at around 8:30 a.m. Fort St. John RCMP received a report that a hunter had been accidentally shot while sitting on his ATV in the Pink Mountain Recreational Area.

Police say witnesses reported was poor visibility in the area and another hunter, with a separate hunting party, mistook the man sitting on the ATV as wildlife and shot at him, hitting him in the knee. First aid was immediately given and the man transported to Pink Mountain and was subsequently taken to hospital.

The man who shot the rifle is from Vancouver Island.

“This is a terrible accident but hopefully all hunters can learn from it. One of the commandments of Firearm Safety is to be sure of your target and what’s beyond it. You can’t stop a shot in mid-air, so don’t fire unless you know exactly where your shot is going and what it will strike,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Fort St. John RCMP.

The investigation is ongoing by the Fort St. John RCMP.

Surrey North Delta Leader