A Missouri hiker was seriously injured after being shot by a hunter who mistook him for a turkey, according to the St. Charles County Police Department.
In a statement posted on Facebook, officials said they responded shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday to an incident related to hunters on the Lewis and Clark Trail at the August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Area.
Rescue teams used utility vehicles to reach the man, who was eventually airlifted to a trauma center, NBC News affiliate KSDK reported.
Neither the injured hiker nor the hunter has been identified. The hiker was in serious condition after being shot, officials said, according to the KSDK.
Witnesses told the KSDK they believe the shooting was an unnatural accident and that the hikers sometimes wear bright colors to avoid being mistaken for the turkey.
The Missouri Department of Conservation was running a turkey hunt at the time of the shooting, and a sign near the trail entrance said the hunt was in progress until 1 p.m., according to KSDK. Sunday is the last day of the Missouri turkey hunting season.
The shooting is under investigation, according to the St. Charles County Police Department.