How do you mistake a human for a coyote? Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is it happened recently, and someone is now dead as a result.
The killed man is identified as 28-year-old Trenten Sutherland of Egnar, Colorado. Sutherland was hunting with two friends on December 27th, 2013 when one of the friends mistook him for a coyote. The friend shot sutherland and he died on the spot at around 10:45 p.m.
According to San Miguel County Sherriff, one of Sutherland’s friends was using an illuminator device on his rifle when he shot Sutherland. The device highlights animal’s eyes in the darkness. Sutherland apparently split off from the group at some point, and his friend spotted his eyes in the illuminator and mistook them for those of a coyote.
San Miguel Police are currently investigating the incident, though the shooting is believed to be a genuine mistake at this time.
Sutherland is survived by a wife and two young children.
According to the International Hunter Education Association, about 1,000 Americans and Canadians are shot by hunters every year. Of those shootings, around 100 of them are usually fatal.