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Bowhunter Found Dead

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) - An Ohio man found dead near Silverton apparently bled to death after piercing a major artery in his leg with an arrow while tracking an elk, authorities said.

James Bender, 36, of Union Town, Ohio, was found dead by a search and rescue team on Monday.

San Juan County sheriff's deputy John Jacobs said Bender had an arrow loaded in his bow while walking, and may have tripped or slipped.

The arrow severed his femoral artery and he passed out from the blood loss, sheriff's spokeswoman Melody Skinner said. She said he had loosened his belt as if he planned to use it as a tourniquet.

''It's a typical bowhunting injury,'' Jacobs said.

Bender, believed to have died Sept. 4, died from severe blood loss, coroner Kristina Maxfield said.

Bender's friends notified authorities Friday when he didn't return as scheduled.

AP-WS-09-12-03 1230EDT

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