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1988 Maine Hunting Death Still Resonates
11/14/2013 01:20 PM ET  

No other hunting fatality has caused the uproar like the one that resulted when Donald Rogerson shot the mother of twin baby girls and was found not guilty of manslaughter two years later.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Friday is the 25-year anniversary of the shooting of Karen Wood, who was killed in her backyard in central Maine by a hunter who thought he was shooting at a deer.

No other hunting fatality has caused the uproar like the one that resulted when Donald Rogerson shot the mother of twin baby girls and was found not guilty of manslaughter two years later.

The accident created an ``us-versus-them'' clash between hunters and non-hunters. Landowners posted signs on tens of thousands of acres of land telling hunters to keep off.

Former Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Executive Director George Smith says it also led to new laws that make hunting safer than in the past, while prompting hunters to exercise more caution.


 

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