Father mistook son for bear in fatal hunting accident in Saskatchewan

HUDSON BAY, Sask. - RCMP are releasing more details about a fatal
hunting accident last week in which a 63-year-old man from Prince
Albert, Sask., shot and killed his 36-year-old son. Hudson Bay RCMP officer Darren Simons says it appears the father mistook his son for a bear.

Simons says the pair had hunted before and had been in the woods for several days.

says they briefly lost communication with each other and became
separated, and when the father saw a movement he thought it was a bear
and fired. Simons says the father had a high-quality hunting
scope and the son was wearing bright orange clothing, but thick trees
and bush and the fact it was dusk made it hard to see. Simons
says the father didn't realize what he'd done at first and was
traumatized by the shooting, as were RCMP members and EMS staff. RCMP are calling it a tragic accident and say charges are not anticipated.