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Hunter dies in Iroquois Wildlife Refuge

November 6, 2011

By Eli George, WIVB.com

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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