Hunting death still resonates 25 years later

6:36 AM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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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.

Karen Wood's husband, Kevin, said from his Iowa home Thursday that the anniversary serves as an opportunity to remind hunters to exercise caution.

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. It also resulted in a new law requiring hunters to positively identify their targets before shooting.

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