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A Vermont hunter faces charges of shooting and seriously injuring another hunter earlier this month he said he mistook for a bear.
The incident happened on private land on September 10 and seriously injured 35-year-old James Cameron.
Cameron was reportedly heading for a tree in a wooded area when he was hit in the abdomen by a single shot fired by Alex Gaudette, 25, who claimed he mistook the victim for a bear.
A third hunter called 911.
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Cameron was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he received treatment for his injury to his lower left abdomen. He remains in “serious condition,” the Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a news release.
None of the men were wearing bright orange, a color strongly encouraged for hunters in Vermont, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
“These incidents are highly preventable and underscore the importance of positively identifying your target while hunting,” Detective Sergeant Robert Currier, game warden, said in a statement shared by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
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Gaudette faces charges of aggravated assault and careless use of a firearm. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.
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If found guilty, Gaudette faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He can also lose his hunting license for five years.