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Hunter fatally shoots woman he mistook for deer

A hunter said he mistook the victim for a deer about 45 minutes after sundown, when it is illegal to hunt in New York. (Source: Raycom) A hunter said he mistook the victim for a deer about 45 minutes after sundown, when it is illegal to hunt in New York. (Source: Raycom)

CHAUTAUQUA, NY (RNN) - A New York woman was walking her dogs when she was fatally shot by a hunter who mistook her for a deer, according to the New York Post.

Rosemary Bilquist, 43, was out walking Wednesday evening when she was shot. After being transported to an Erie hospital, she died from her wound.

Bilquist's husband wrote on Facebook that, "I will miss you and love you forever and I know you dancing in heaven with your Momma and all of our friends and family that we have lost."

Authorities said 34-year-old Thomas Jadlowski said he believed he saw a deer in a field nearly 200 yards away when he fired on Bilquist. After firing, there was a scream.

Realizing his mistake, he rushed over to her, applied pressure to the wound and called 911.

No charges have been filed against Jadlowski, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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