Skagit County prosecutor to charge teenage bear hunter in woman’s death

Seattle’s Komo reports that a 14-year-old boy from Concrete, Washington will be charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Patricia Almli, 54, of Oso who was shot while hiking. Skagit County Prosecutor, Rich Weyrich, said that the teenager acted “recklessly” when he accidentally killed Almli.

According to Weyrich, the teenage hunter “failed to follow guidelines in the state’s hunting safety manual, especially being sure of a target and what lies beyond it.” The teenager was hunting with his 16-year-old brother and was using a .270 caliber rifle when he shot Almli who was 120 yards away.

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is proposing that laws be changed that allow a young teen to hunt without an adult present. Currently, minors can legally hunt alone provided that they have a license and have taken a hunting class.

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