State wildlife officials say a South Florida hunter was likely mistaken for a boar by a friend who accidentally shot and killed him.I guess this is just a simple hunting accident with the ironic title of having been mistaken for a boar. There was another pig shooting lately, but that one wasn't so much a case of mistaken identity as simple negligence.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials tell The Palm Beach Post that Ernie Small Jr. likely mistook his friend Clinton Haas of Loxahatchee for a boar while they were hunting Thursday night near Jupiter.
Haas' shooting was ruled accidental, though wildlife officials say their investigation remains open.
Like all hunting "accidents" today's story about the boar hunters requires the violation of safety rules. The shooter should be charged with a crime. It doesn't take a lengthy investigation to determine where he was at fault. The problem is the mistaken idea that accidents are somehow acceptable.
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