Oconee National Forest Ranger Shot

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Oconee National Forest Ranger Shot

Postby ~jeff~ » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:27 pm

Forest Ranger shot, killed by Ga. hunter at night

Associated Press - March 8, 2010 8:34 AM ET

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is investigating after a ranger was shot and killed in central Georgia by a hunter who apparently mistook him for a coyote.

WMAZ-TV in Macon reported that 37-year-old Christopher Arby Upton was shot while on patrol Friday night at the Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Recreation Area in the Oconee National Forest in Jasper County.

Ranger First Class Will Smith named the shooter as 40-year-old Norman Clinton Hale of McDonough. Hale and another man were hunting coyotes at night using a night vision scope that may have caught the reflection of the ranger's eyes.

Smith says Upton was shot once and died instantly. Hale and his hunting partner dialed 911.

The U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Natural Resources are investigating.

Information from: WMAZ-TV, http://www.wmaz.com/
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Postby ~jeff~ » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:46 pm

I know this is gonna sound way outta whack, but this ranger was most likely observing these guys while they hunted.

If so, to some degree he may have put himself in harms way due to where he placed himself to observe.

When I enter an area where others are shooting/hunting, first thing I like to do is let them know I'm around.

This ranger may have been a little to stealthy...
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