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Italian man accidentally shoots and kills father while hunting boar

2019-09-23

An Italian man was charged with culpable homicide after accidentally shooting and killing his father while the two were hunting for boar.

The pair were in a national park area near the town of Postiglione in the southern province of Salerno when the shooting occurred.

The 34-year-old saw a shadow and heard rustling when he opened fire. Efforts were made to save 55-year-old Martino Gaudioso but he did not survive.

Since hunting is prohibited in the area the men were in, their rifles were seized by police.

Italy has seen several hunting deaths recently.

Italy’s environmental minister, Sergio Costa, called for a national ban on Sunday hunting after an 18-year-old was shot and killed near the French border in October 2018.

Two men, a 56-year-old and a 20-year-old, died in similar incidents later that month.

Wild boar are hunted around the world for meat and to prevent them from damaging agriculture and land.