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Tampa man mistaken for deer, shot

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: February 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

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A hunter mistook a man for a deer and shot him with a rifle Sunday in the Lower Hillsborough Wildlife Management Area.

Michael Trott, 43, shot Clinton Galentine shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday about a mile southeast of Morris Bridge Road in the Oakridge Trail section of the area, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman Gary Morse.

After Trott, of Seminole, discovered he had shot someone, he drove Galentine to the park entrance, where emergency medical personnel were waiting. Galentine’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Morse said.

Galentine, 37, of Tampa, had improperly entered the area by hopping a fence and was using a turkey call to lure turkeys close enough to take their picture, Morse said. Trott had correctly entered the park at the main entrance and had permits to hunt deer and hogs, he said.

Morse said the investigation is ongoing but that the hunter has a responsibility to positively identify the target.

“There’s no excuse for a hunter shooting at someone and mistaking it for game,’’ Morse said.

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