Ore. man aims for squirrel, hits his foot instead

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MONROE, Ore. (AP) -- The thing to do if a squirrel runs up your leg is probably not to aim a .22-caliber rifle at it.

A Benton County, Ore., sheriff's officer says a 36-year-old Monroe man told deputies he was startled by a squirrel that ran up his left leg so he fired at it but hit his foot instead.

Sheriff's Capt. Greg Ridler tells the Corvallis Gazette-Times (http://bit.ly/rQykS7) that deputies contacted Ethan Bennett at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and learned the story of the gunshot wound.

Ridler said Bennett did not kill the squirrel.

Bennett was treated and released.

He declined to comment about the Nov. 23 incident.

Monroe is a small Willamette Valley community south of Corvallis.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com