Probe ends into Manitoba Mountie’s hunting accident; officer refused interview

 

WINNIPEG —Manitoba’s police watchdog says an investigation into an off-duty Mountie who reportedly shot himself in the foot while goose hunting has ended because of a lack of information.

The Independent Investigations Unit’s report into the Sept. 7 shooting notes that RCMP didn’t report it for nearly three months, which made collection of evidence from the scene near Grunthal, south of Winnipeg, difficult.

The unit’s civilian director, Zane Tessler, says initial information indicated the officer had surgery and may have had a toe or toes amputated, but he exercised his right to refuse to be interviewed by investigators.

The officer also wouldn’t consent to the release of his medical records.

The report says officers saw the Mountie being treated by ambulance staff and he had a bandage on his big toe, but they didn’t take adequate notes at the time.

The officers also didn’t record the name of a potential witness and decided no further action was necessary.

No gun wasn’t seized and officers recorded no information about the weapon, other than that it appeared to be a shotgun.

The report says investigators were not able to determine the nature or extent of the officer’s injuries. And because so little could be determined, the file was closed.

“For all intents, this investigation ended almost as soon as it began. If not for the diligence of senior RCMP management, who discovered the oversight of the delayed notification and took immediate steps to rectify the matter, IIU would never have known,” Tessler wrote.

“We anticipate that senior RCMP management will deal with the issues identified in this report that effectively rendered this investigation null.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2020.

 

Deer rips off ‘half’ of hunter’s face as he tries to shoot it

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This buck fought back!

A behemoth deer charged a French hunter as he tried to shoot it, ripping open the guy’s face and landing him in the hospital with 50 stitches, according to a report.

“It actually took half my face off,” the hunter, Vincent Saubion, told the UK Metro.

The 36-year-old had to be raced by helicopter to a team of surgeons after the 330-pound animal he was stalking in southwest France stormed him, according to the outlet.

The deer tore a chunk of skin off Saubion’s mug, under his cheek and eye — causing him to “feel drunk” from the impact and amount of blood loss, he said.

He was so disoriented, he told pals that he wanted to keep hunting, but they forced him to stop while a firefighter friend tended to his wounds.

He was later treated at Pellegrin Hospital in Bordeaux, where he underwent emergency surgery.

But the wild attack won’t stop him from returning to the sport, he said.

“I am still crazy about hunting,” Saubion said. “I have nothing but respect for the game.”

Seattle woman’s tweet about South Carolina hunting tragedy sparks outrage

A Seattle-area woman’s now-deleted tweet is being called repulsive and shameful. It made her a target with personal information being posted online.

SEATTLE — In the aftermath of a South Carolina hunting accident, a Washington woman’s now-deleted tweet is being called repulsive and shameful.

On New Year’s Day, Kim Drawdy and his nine-year-old daughter, Lauren, were reportedly mistaken for deer and shot by a fellow hunter.

As soon as NBC News shared the article about the accident on Twitter, condolences came flooding in, but so did a comment attributed to a Seattle-area woman, Lana Kiossovski.

The comment listed under Kiossovski’s name said, “1.5 less MAGAbilly’s in the world. At least they died supporting their beloved 2nd amendment.”

The outrage was instant with angry comments directed at Kiossovski, and someone even shared her personal information online.

MyNorthwest published an article about it Monday, and Kiossovski’s connection to a Seattle business, Saint John’s Bar and Eatery.

KING 5 contacted Saint John’s Bar and Eatery and received a voice message from an employee who said, “The tweet author was reported as a co-owner. That is not the case. She has never been part of the ownership, management, operations, or employees engaged in our business. It really has nothing to do with the bar or the restaurant.”

The business’s website currently doesn’t mention her, but an internet archive search found as recently as this past November, Lana Kiossovski was referenced as a business partner who “spearheaded the effort to locate a suitable space.”

KING 5 attempted to contact Lana Kiossovski. Her husband told us the family was not able to comment at this time. He did say he is involved with Saint John’s Bar and Eatery, but his wife is not.

For now, the business’s Facebook page has been taken down and Kiossovski’s Twitter account has been deactivated.

Hunter’s accidental gunshot hits Cody business

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A deer hunter accidentally fired his rifle through his vehicle and into a building on Cody’s West Strip last month.

No one was injured in the Oct. 28 incident, which took place at a Wyoming Game and Fish Department game check station on West Yellowstone Avenue, near the South Fork turnoff.

A Cody police report on the incident says the hunter, Charles Lance Mathess, had attempted to unload his rifle while waiting for a game warden.

“Mathess reported that he operated the bolt of the firearm several times and then removed the magazine,” wrote Cody Police Officer Seth Horn, adding that, “his finger was on the trigger and as he set the rifle down he negligently discharged the rifle.”

Horn found that the round traveled through the rear passenger side door of Mathess’ Dodge Ram, crossed Yellowstone Avenue and struck a vent on a building that houses The Best of the West; the vent is located about 20 feet off the ground. Horn’s report says a representative of Best of the West — a company that produces TV shows and equipment related to long range hunting — was not concerned about the damage.

The officer concluded in his report that Mathess’ actions “did not rise to the level of a violation of Wyoming State Statute.”

Dan Smith, the Cody Region wildlife supervisor for Game and Fish, called the Oct. 28 incident “a good example of how accidents can and do happen.”

As part of its general work on safety issues, Smith said the Game and Fish asks hunters to assume their gun is loaded, control the direction of their muzzle and know what’s beyond their target.

“I’m glad nobody got hurt,” he added of the incident at the South Fork turnoff. “I’m thankful for that.”

Mathess is the public affairs officer and search and rescue coordinator for the Park County Sheriff’s Office, which are civilian positions; the police report notes that he was off-duty at the time of the incident.

A hunter ate a wild rabbit and caught black plague

A hunter ate a wild rabbit and caught black plague

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Twenty-eight people are in quarantine in China’s northern Inner Mongolia province after a hunter was diagnosed with bubonic plague Saturday, the local health commission said.

According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the unidentified patient was believed to have become infected with the plague after catching and eating a wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia’s Huade county.

Bubonic plague is the more common version of the disease and is rarely transmitted between humans.

The case comes after the Chinese government announced on November 12 that two people were being treated for the pneumonic plague in the capital of Beijing — the same strand that caused the Black Death, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

Pneumonic plague is the most virulent and deadly strain of the disease. It originates in the lungs and any person who is infected can spread it to another person by sneezing or coughing near them. It can be cured with antibiotics, but is always fatal if left untreated, according to the WHO.

In comparison, bubonic plague can only be spread by infected fleas or by handling an infected animal’s tissue.

State media Xinhua said Saturday that there had been no evidence of the plague spreading further in Beijing and there was no connection to the latest case. But it was the second time the disease had been detected in the region in the past year.

In May, a Mongolian couple died from bubonic plague after eating the raw kidney of a marmot, a local folk health remedy.

Although plague is inextricably linked to the Black Death pandemic of the 14th century that killed around 50 million people in Europe, it remains a relatively common disease.

At least 1,000 people a year catch the plague, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which they acknowledge is probably a modest estimate given the number of unreported cases.

The three most endemic countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Peru.

An average of seven Americans get the plague every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, two people in Colorado died from the plague, and the year before there were eight reported cases in the state.

 

 

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MI: Man accused of accidentally shooting friend while hunting

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Nov 13, 2019

RICH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — It was supposed to be an enjoyable night. Three friends went hunting in Lapeer County’s Rich Township, then one of them ended up shot and another in jail.

It happened at a property off of Kelch Road. The men were hunting small game and scouting the area in preparation for deer hunting season. As the night ended, they were unloading their weapons.

“One individual thought his gun was unloaded. It wasn’t,” said Jeremy Howe, Lapeer County Undersheriff.

Howe says 30-year-old Andrew Brill accidentally shot one of his friends. He then left the scene and that raised questions. Why did he leave? What did he have to hide? Was this really an accident? Investigators say they believe they have answers.

“He has a child,” Howe said. “He wanted to say goodbye to his child. He believed he was going to be locked away for a long time.”

Brill called investigators after saying goodbye to his young child and turned himself in. It turns out Brill has a felony record. When he was 20 he was convicted of attempted criminal sexual conduct in the third degree with an underage teen. Under the law he should not have had a gun. Plus, investigators say he had alcohol in his system.

He faces numerous firearm charges including careless discharge causing injury.

First responders rushed his friend to McLaren Hospital in Lapeer. The friend was later transported to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he is in stable condition.

With many preparing to hunt, Undersheriff Howe says there is no excuse for such accidents.

“Never ever point a weapon at something you don’t intend to shoot,” Howe said. “Obviously he thought the gun was unloaded. It was not.”

Brill is in the Lapeer County Jail, held on $10,000 bond.

Hunter bitten by alligator identified

A hunter was bit on the leg Saturday by a gator.
A hunter was bit on the leg Saturday by a gator.

An alligator bit a hunter in the leg on Saturday morning in the DuPuis Management Area in western Martin County.

On Sunday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials identified the injured man as James Boyce, 46, of Palm Beach Gardens.

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Christine Christofek Weiss, the spokeswoman for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the call for help in the swampy area, about 11 miles north of Pahokee, came 11 a.m. and it was a “pretty substantial bite.”

She said the alligator might have been as big as 10 feet long, according to witnesses.

The Palm Beach Post reported the hunter was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach after another man in a swamp buggy was able to pull the victim to safety and call for help on a cellphone. But it took authorities a while to find the men in the wilderness area, which stretches 21,875 acres — about 34 square miles — in northwestern Palm Beach and southwestern Martin counties.

A LifeStar helicopter then flew the victim to St. Mary’s, authorities said.

Sanders County woman accidentally shoots daughter while hunting

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A Sanders County woman earlier this month accidentally shot and wounded her 10-year-old daughter in a grouse hunting accident, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It was believed to be the first hunting-related shooting incident of the year.

Wayde Cooperider, FWP outdoor skills and safety supervisor, told Lee Newspapers on Tuesday the woman was unloading her .22 magnum on Oct. 11 when the firearm inadvertently discharged a round through the vehicle door, striking her daughter. The girl was transported to the hospital, Cooperider said.

The Sanders County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation. Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel did not return a call from the Missoulian seeking further information on the girl’s condition and the investigation.

General rifle season begins in Montana on Oct. 26 for deer and elk. On Tuesday, Cooperider warned residents to be rigorous about their firearm safety measures.

“Be extra cautious,” he said. “Please unload your firearms away from your vehicle.”

Do not transport loaded firearms, and if hunting with another party, check each other’s firearms to make sure they are unloaded, Cooperider added.

The woman was with her children hunting forest grouse, he said. Her children were in the backseat while the vehicle was parked. When she got out to harvest a bird, she was unloading the firearm and it went off, Cooperider said. Another vehicle was approaching during the time of the accident, he said.

While Cooperider believes this is the first hunting-related shooting incident in 2019, he said its possible others have gone unreported.

“Montana is not a mandatory reporting state, which means I find out about this stuff either through our wardens or the news media,” he said.

Just last week, a Helena man was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in state prison for an accidental fatal shooting after a hunting trip in 2018. Gregg Trude pleaded guilty to the charge in September, admitting he had placed a loaded firearm on the backseat of his truck before it discharged and killed Helena Dr. Eugene “Buzz” Walton.

Last hunting season, Montana experienced more hunting-related injuries and deaths than the past several combined, FWP said in an Oct. 18 release.

In the release, Cooperider reminded hunters of the four firearm rules taught at every Hunter Education course: “Always point your muzzle in a safe direction. Always treat every gun as if it were loaded. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. Always be sure of your target and beyond.”

“The merits or practice of walking around with a chambered round when big game hunting can be debated extensively,” Cooperider said in the release. “However, I believe it should always come down to ‘best safety practice.'”

Charges laid after man, 40, seriously wounded in hunting incident

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A 35-year-old Madawaska Valley man has been charged after a man was seriously wounded in a hunting-related incident on Tuesday.

Police were called to a remote site on Siberia Road, south of Algonquin Provincial Park, at about 3:25 p.m.

The 40-year-old man was transported to hospital and was listed in serious condition on Thursday.

A Madawaska man was later arrested and charged with careless use of a firearm and possession of a weapon and ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.

He is due to appear in court in Killaloe on Nov. 13.

Hayden man attacked by grizzly last year makes Animal Planet television debut tonight

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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

After being attacked by a grizzly bear last October,  Bob Legasa has started working with Counter Assault. Here he is pictured demonstrating how to use the company’s bear spray. Legasa’s story will be featured on Animal Planet’s “I was Prey” on Wednesday. (Bob Legasa/Freeride Media / COURTESY OF FREERIDE MEDIA)
After being attacked by a grizzly bear last October, Bob Legasa has started working with Counter Assault. Here he is pictured demonstrating how to use the company’s bear spray. Legasa’s story will be featured on Animal Planet’s “I was Prey” on Wednesday. (Bob Legasa/Freeride Media / COURTESY OF FREERIDE MEDIA)

Nearly a year ago, Bob Legasa was bloody and broken in the Montana backcountry, the unfortunate recipient of the maternal fury of an adult grizzly bear.

“It certainly was something I hope I don’t have to endure again,” Legasa said this week. “As far as the emotional and physical aspect of it, I’m lucky that I didn’t get mauled. That I wasn’t being rag dolled and tossed around. It was short and sweet. Or fast and vicious.”’

Tonight, Legasa will relive his Oct. 13 experience on national television. The Hayden resident’s story will be featured on Animal Planet’s “I Was Prey” show.

This is what happened: As Legasa and his partner, Greg Gibson, walked through tall sagebrush – between 6 and 8 feet – they startled a grizzly bear cub and its mother.

The mother bear tackled Legasa. Gibson, of Sandpoint, sprayed the bear with bear spray. The bear dropped Legasa, but not before breaking his arm with her mouth and clawing his face. She then started to charge Gibson. Gibson sprayed the bear again and she retreated.

Covered in blood and nearly blind from the spray, which had blown into their faces, both men hiked out.

In February, Legasa traveled to New York for an interview for Animal Planet’s show. Legasa, who owns his own outdoors media company, said he hesitated when first asked to participate. He worried that the show would overdramatize his experience or put an “anti-hunting” spin on it.

After being attacked online by hard-core vegans last year, he wondered if appearing on a television show would again make him a target. Ultimately, he decided to do it, reasoning that it provided him a good platform to spread a few important messages.

“Hunting has been in a weird limelight lately,” he said. “It seems like there are more people that are understanding hunting … but then there are also … some activist groups that are really going hard on trying to cut down or stop hunting.”

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In February, Hayden resident Bob Legasa was interviewed by Animal Planet for their show “I was Prey.” Last fall, Legasa was attacked and injured by a mother grizzly bear while bowhunting for elk in Montana. The episode featuring Legasa will air Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019. (Animal Planet / COURTESY)

Legasa hopes to emphasize on the show that he hunts for many reasons. He loves being in the mountains and the challenge of stalking prey. He enjoys the pride and accomplishment of killing an animal that provides food for him and his family.

Showing the diverse reasons people hunt is a job many hunters are increasingly taking upon themselves. Only 5% of Americans 16 years and older hunt, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study published in 2017. Fifty years ago, 10% of Americans 16 years and older hunted. Those decreased numbers mean that fewer people, especially in urban areas, know anyone who hunts.

“I was hoping that I could at least get a positive message across in that respect,” Legasa said.

In addition to burnishing the reputation of hunters, Legasa hopes to reiterate the importance of carrying bear spray, for hunters and nonhunters alike. Since his attack, he’s done promotional and testimonial work for Counter Assault bear spray, “preaching that bear spray works.”

“It should be the first line of defense,” he said. “It just gives you a better option than shooting.”

In Legasa’s case, if the two hadn’t had bear spray, they would have been out of luck. Because the bear was on top of Legasa, Gibson wouldn’t have been able to safely shoot the bear with his handgun.

With hunters and hikers heading to the hills this fall, that message couldn’t be more important.

As for Legasa, he’s mostly recovered from the attack last year. While he still has some residual pain from where the bear broke his arm, it hasn’t slowed him too much. Emotionally, he said the fallout has been minimal. Although recently, he did have his first bear-related dream.

“It wasn’t a nightmare, but there was a bear running at me,” he said. “It made me think for a second.”

That won’t stop him from hunting this year. In a week, he’s again heading to Montana for 12 days of bow hunting for elk.

“I’m going to get back on that horse and ride,” he said. “This is in my DNA. Being in the mountains is good for my soul. I’m just counting the days until I get back out there.”