New York woman killed after hunter mistook her for deer

BUFFALO, New York (KTRK) -- It's a strange and tragic story out of New York.

A woman was shot and killed on Thanksgiving day after a hunter mistook her for a deer.

Deputies say Rosemary Billquist, 43, was walking her dogs when the hunter fired one shot from his pistol and struck her.

Billquist was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to the sheriff, hunting should have stopped before that time of the day.

"She was out and about where hunting was happening. You have to be aware of that and try to be visible, but it's the responsibility of the hunter. You have to know when the sunset is and plan your day so you can get out of the woods before that time and definitely not hunt after sunset," Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said.

Gerace said prosecutors are considering charges against the hunter.

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