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UPDATE: Wounded hunter mistaken for squirrel


KRONENWETTER (WAOW) – A 20-year-old man shot in the abdomen while squirrel hunting was mistaken for a squirrel by another hunter, investigators said Monday.

The shooter saw movement, shot and hit the victim,” said Todd Schaller, recreation safety and education chief for the state Department of Natural Resources.

The shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in rural Kronenwetter and remains under investigation, Schaller said.

The 52-year-old shooter and the victim were in different hunting groups , Schaller said. The squirrel hunting season opened Saturday.

The name of the victim was not released.

UPDATE 4:53 P.M.: Rib Mountain EMS officials said a 20-year-old man is recovering after he was shot while hunting in Mosinee.

Authorities said it happened around 3 p.m. Sunday near a trail by Happy Hollow Road.

Officials said the man was shot in the side of his chest.

First responders said the man suffered some internal damage from the gunshot.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene.

Officials said the man was airlifted to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

"He left us in good shape, he was awake and speaking to us," said John Lauer, Rib Mountain Fire Deputy Chief.

Authorities haven't said how he was shot or who the gun belonged to.

Stay with Newsline 9 for more on this story.


Rib Mountain EMS officials say a 20-year-old man was flown to the hospital after a hunting incident. They say the man was shot in the chest, but appeared to be in good condition when he was airlifted to Wausau Aspirus Hospital.

Authorities say this happened near Happy Hollow Road in Mosinee between 2:30-3 p.m. Sunday. They say no foul play is suspected.

Newsline 9 will continue to follow the latest on this developing story.

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