PA: South Greensburg man told game warden he mistook fellow hunter for coyote when he fired shot

South Greensburg man told game warden he mistook fellow hunter for coyote when he fired shot (


A South Greensburg man who authorities said shot a fellow hunter he mistook for a coyote in South Huntingdon was charged last month with two counts.

Cody Ostrosky, 32, is facing a misdemeanor charge of shooting at a person while hunting and illegally having a hunting license, a summary.

A state game warden with the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported in a criminal complaint that a hunter was shot around 5:20 p.m. Dec. 1 in an area off State Hill Road. The wounded hunter was taken to AHN Forbes Hospital in Monroeville for treatment of a shoulder wound.

According to the complaint, the wounded man told authorities he had wrapped up hunting for the day and took off his fluorescent orange jacket, but still was wearing his hat when he heard rifle shots nearby. The man reported that he grabbed binoculars and walked to the edge of a tree line where he saw two hunters in blaze orange at the top of a field.

As the man turned back to his vehicle, he was shot in the shoulder and screamed, according to court papers.

The two hunters — Ostrosky and another man — heard the screams and drove across the field to the wounded man to help, authorities said. Ostrosky told the warden that they gave up hunting for deer as it grew dark and switched to hunting for predators.

Ostrosky reported shooting at a coyote.

“He said it yelped, so at that time he said he figured he needed to take another shot at it,” authorities wrote in the complaint. “Ostrosky said he looked through his scope that was on thermal and saw gray movement thinking it was the coyote and made another shot.”

State police took aerial photos of the scene the following day and determined the distance between the two hunters was 365 yards. Officials said Ostrosky had not taken a hunter education class, a requirement for getting a hunting license.

He did not have an attorney listed in online court records and could not be reached. The charges were sent by summons. A July 10 preliminary hearing is set.

Pennsylvania hunters are required to wear 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined that can be seen from 360 degrees, according to the game commission. A hat and vest would satisfy that requirement which extends from one hour before and after the start of legal hunting hours.

Hunting is permitted 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

Coyotes can be hunted year-round and there is no limit, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. During any big-game season, hunters can take a coyote as long as they’re hunting lawfully or have a furtaker license. Outside of that type of season, hunters must have a hunting or furtaker license to take a coyote.



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