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Hunter killed in Polk County

November 14, 2011

From StatesmanJournal.com

Hunter killed in Polk County

The body of a man killed in a hunting accident Saturday in Polk County has been recovered and identified, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Felipe Amando Fernandez Galicia, 32, of Newport was killed while hunting elk with a group of co-workers west of Valsetz.

Travis Watson, 24, who was part of the group, told investigators that he shot Fernandez Galicia, thinking he saw a bull elk the group had been pursuing, according to the sheriff's office. Fernandez Galicia was wearing light-colored clothes.

"This is a tragic incident in which a bright-colored vest and hat might have avoided the loss of life," Sheriff Bob Wolfe said in a statement. "Every hunter is responsible to properly identify their target prior to pulling the trigger to avoid such a tragic outcome."

The group attempted to resuscitate Fernandez Galicia, but he died at the scene.

The shooting was reported at 2 p.m. Saturday. The body was recovered at about noon Sunday, in "very difficult and rugged coast range mountains,"
officials said.

There were no witnesses to the shooting, Wolfe said. Watson and the rest of the group have been cooperative with the investigation.

Wolfe called the incident a "tragic hunting accident."

No charges have been filed so far, Wolfe said, but the incident has been referred to the Polk County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to pursue charges.

This is the second fatal hunting accident in the Mid-Valley in three weeks.

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