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    French Hunter Unwittingly Kills Innocent Hiker

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    France’s hunting season is always marred by deadly accidents and it’s the second tragic case to occur in the prefecture of Drome in 2017.

    The 59-year-old victim was shot dead while he was walking alone in the village of Taulignan in south east of France. Despite the paramedics’ attempts to save his life, the man died on the spot. According to local media, the hunter was arrested and questioned by the police.

    In October 2017, a hunter killed a man in his seventies, who he allegedly mistook for a wild boar. Earlier this year, the opening of the hunting season started with another fatal accident when a 13-year-old boy was shot in the head by his own grandfather and died from the injuries.

    France’s national hunting office has revealed that there were 143 accidents recorded from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, 18 of them proved fatal. However, with the opening of the new season the number has significantly increased.

    According to the opinion poll held earlier in December, 84% of French people voted against hunting, with 82% of residents opting for a ban on hunting on Sundays, and 71% claiming they didn’t feel safe being outside during the hunting season.

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