UPPER CUPSUPTIC TOWNSHIP — A Penobscot man was shot early Friday night while hunting with a friend when both shot at the same partridge in northern Oxford County.

Game wardens are investigating this hunting-related shooting and a second shooting involving a Kennebunkport woman who also was hunting partridge Monday in Piscataquis County. 

The shooting in Upper Cupsuptic Township, north of Rangeley, occurred at about 6 p.m. on Portage Brook, according to a news release from the Maine Warden Service.

The victim, Robert Cyr, 32, of Penobscot,  was hunting with his friend Ben Burns, also 32, of Freeport when the shooting took place.

Both men saw a partridge (ruffed grouse) in the roadway. The men entered the woods in pursuit of the bird and both fired. 

Cyr was shot as a result with 20-25 pellets striking much of his body, according to the release. He was taken by his hunting party to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington where he was treated and released.

The incident is still under investigation by the Maine Warden Service. Both men are cooperating with this investigation.

In a separate incident, Kayla Corey, 28, of Kennebunkport is recovering from a shotgun wound to her foot. 

Corey was hunting partridge on the Ragmuff Road on Monday in Piscataquis County. While loading her .410 bolt-action shotgun with bird shot, the firearm discharged, and the shot struck her in the right foot, according to the release.

Corey was taken by her hunting party to Millinocket Regional Hospital where game wardens interviewed her. Corey was then taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for further treatment.

Game wardens continue to investigate this hunting incident.

This hunting-related incident was the fifth in Maine this year.


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