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U.S. Forest Service officer shot while patrolling Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestA ranger's life is dangerous business: Between a savage wilderness, sometimes savage people, and blind bad luck, there's a lot of ways things can go wrong. Case in point: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service officer Christopher Upton, 37, was shot and killed on Friday night while patrolling a stretch of Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Hunters mistook Upton for a coyote.
"We are all aware of the inherent risk and danger of this job. Ability, training, and experience, however, cannot protect us in all situations even though we do the right thing. Chris was doing his job and doing it well."This is the eighth hunting-incident fatality in Georgia this season. One other came from a "mistaken for game" incident, while the others came from a stroke, heart attack, rattlesnake bite, an accidental self-inflicted shooting, and two falls from deer stands.