The launch of the hunting season in the south of France has brought with it death of a human nature. This weekend, a man has reportedly died after falling 150m into a ravine and a father and son are believed to be suffering minor injuries, having been shot at by another hunter.
Early reports suggest that, over the weekend, a 57-year-old hunter fell into a ravine in Clans in the Alpes-Maritimes after he attempted to throw away the carcass of an animal he had killed earlier on the Saturday. Witnesses told the Nice Matin that he ‘lost his balance’ and slipped, falling nearly 150m.
The following morning, a man and his 12-year-old son were struck by gunfire when a fellow hunter fired on them, reportedly believing he had seen a deer near Collobrières in the Var. A police investigation is underway.
Earlier this month, barely a few days into the hunting season, a dog belonging to two hikers was shot dead by a hunter, despite the owners abiding by official advice to fit their pet with a florescent collar and keeping her to heel. The couple was walking in the Saint Auban in the Pays Grassois. Local press has reported that they have pressed charges against the hunter in an effect to ‘avoid situations such as this happening again’.
Elsewhere in France, a 13-year-old boy has died after being shot in the head by his hunter grandfather in the Vendée. It is believed that the tragic accident occurred as the teenager bent to pick up a dead bird.