ALABAMA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A hunter has died in the Genesee County
town of Alabama after falling 35 feet from his tree stand.
Police say 42-year-old Charles Sossong, Jr. of Newfane was
hunting on the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge on the Onondaga Trail off
Sour Springs Road when he fell from his tree stand and died.
Authorities say Sossong was not wearing a fall restraint system
while he was hunting from his stand.
A refuge spokeswoman tells News 4 hunters are allowed there with
the stipulation that if they bring in a portable tree stand, they
must take it with them when they leave. Sossong was in a heavily
wooded area, and rescuers had difficulty reaching him to get his
body from the woods.
A friend who was meeting Sossong on the refuge made the grisly
discovery after Sosson didn't meet him at a designated spot.
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