Mesplede - A hunter suffered gunshot wounds after his dog accidentally fired his rifle on Monday near a small town in southwestern France's Basque Country, officials said.
"The hunter had set his rifle against a tree and went to collect a woodcock he had just shot," the mayor of Mesplede, Regis Cassaroume, told AFP.
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Police said the dog apparently knocked the rifle over and managed to trigger the weapon by stepping on it.
The hunter, a 61-year-old pensioner, received treatment at a nearby hospital for wounds to a hand and forearm.