Man 'shot dead accidentally by wild boar hunter in France'

Man shot dead 'accidentally by wild boar hunter in France'

A hunter allegedly shot a man instead of a wild boar (Stock image)

Monday, December 18, 2017

A man on a walk in the French countryside has allegedly been accidentally shot dead by a hunter.

The hunter is said to have been looking for wild boars in Taulignan, south-eastern France and reports claim he fired after his dog barked at something moving behind bushes.

When he was shot the 59-year-old was alone and was hit at groin level, according to newspaper L'Express.

Paramedics did attempt to save the man, however he died at the scene on Saturday (December 16), The Local said.

A 62-year-old hunter has been arrested by police officers and has been questioned over the matter.

The Drome hunting association has slammed the incident as "intolerable" and has said it intends to press charges against the suspect.

This is the second time this year an incident like this has taken place in the Drome department.

There have also been many other shootings in other areas of France this year, including another elderly man allegedly mistaken for a wild boar and a 13-year-old shot by his grandfather.

Between June 2016 and May 2017, there have been 18 deaths recorded by the national hunting office in France.