Italian hunter shoots father after ‘mistaking him for boar’

Italian hunter shoots father after 'mistaking him for boar'
Italy has seen at least three fatal hunting accidents in the past year. File photo: Pascal Pochard Casabianca/AFP
An Italian man shot dead his father on Sunday during a hunting expedition in southern Italy after mistaking him for a wild boar, according to media reports.

Martino Gaudioso, 55, was shot in the stomach by his 34-year-old son as they stalked their prey separately through thick foliage in Sicignano degli Alburni, near Salerno, in a national park area off limits to hunters, the reports said.

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Italy's environment minister called for a nationwide ban on hunting last October following the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old after he was mistaken for a boar.

Two months ago a hunter aged 67 was found dead in the woods after accidentally shooting himself in the head.

Michela Vittoria Brambilla, leader of the national animal defence league, on Sunday slammed the transformation of Italy's woods and countryside into a “wild west”, and called for harsher punishment for manslaughter by hunters.


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