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Hunter takes person for bear, shoots him

A man from Karigasniemi in northern Lapland sustained a gun wound on Tuesday after a fellow elk hunter shot him in the thigh.

Image: YLE / Riku Kaminen

The shooter thought that a bear was nearby when he heard a loud noise. He glimpsed a figure in the direction of the sound and shot at it.

However, it turned out that his bullet injured a man from the same four-person group of elk hunters.

The shooter and the others immediately began delivering first aid and sounding alarms. The injured man was taken to a hospital.

The incident did not involve alcohol. Police are still investigating the incident.

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