Elk hunter kills friend west of Falls City

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DALLAS, Ore. (AP) -- The Polk County sheriff's office says a hunter accidentally shot and killed his friend after mistaking him for an elk in heavy vegetation in a rugged area of the Coast Range west of Falls City.

Deputies, assisted by county, Corvallis and Salem search and rescue experts, removed the body Sunday of the 32-year-old Newport man, Felipe Amado Fernandez Galicia. He was killed Saturday about a mile-and-a-half from the nearest road

The shooter is a 24-year-old co-worker of the victim from Albany.

The sheriff's office says Fernandez Galicia was driving a bull elk ahead of him when his friend mistook him for the elk andfired. Fernandez Galicia was hit in the back and died at the scene.

The victim was wearing light-colored clothes and no orange.