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WI: Hunter dies while hunting coyotes

April 18, 2011

A New Richmond man has died of an apparent accidental gunshot wound while hunting coyotes.

Michael John Geraghty, 55, 1957 County Rd. CC, was found by his son, Pat, Sunday late morning in a field on the family farm, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department report.

An investigation by the sheriff’s department and a DNR warden determined that Geraghty apparently attempted to crawl through a barbed wire fence when the gun discharged and a bullet went through the back side of his head. Investigators found a 7.62 SKS semi-automatic rifle next to the body with the safety in the fire position.

Geraghty had been having trouble with coyotes killing his cattle and apparently went out hunting during the night. A flashlight and spotlight were found with him. His wife, Linda, said she got up at 7:30 a.m. and he wasn’t in the house, the report said. Geraghty attended New Richmond High School and was a city of New Richmond streets department employee for about 30 years, Sheriff John Shilts said. Linda Geraghty is the administrative assistant for Child Support Services in the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson.

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