A Washington state woman whose forest worker husband was shot and killed by a bear hunter is now suing the hunter and the timber company who owns the land on which the accident occurred, claiming the company should not have let hunters and forestry workers in the same area.
From this story on thenewstribune.com:
The widow of a man fatally shot by a hunter who mistook him for a bear has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the hunter and three Western Washington companies, one of them headquartered in Tacoma. Marta Gomez-Mendoza contends Gerald Aldrich “failed to exercise reasonable care to identify his target” before he accidentally killed her husband, Carlos Pablo-Carrillo, in the Mason County woods in September 2010.
Gomez-Mendoza claims the three companies – the Kirk Co. of Tacoma, Two Noble Guys and Hiawatha, Inc., both of Shelton – created a dangerous condition by allowing hunters and forest-product workers access to the same piece of land simultaneously.
Pablo-Carillo, 24, was in thick brush harvesting a plant called salal when he died. Salal is used in the floral industry. “In this case, one of the workers was shot and killed as a result of the dangerous condition created by the corporate defendants in their pursuit of profits, leaving a widow and a fatherless daughter,” the lawsuit states.