A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officer was in surgery Tuesday night after a hunter allegedly mistook him for a deer and shot him.

First Responder News Network reports authorities were notified of a 36 year old male with a gunshot wound behind US Lumber on County Route 7 in Pine Plains just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.  Pine Plains Fire Department and Northern Dutchess Paramedics responded and found the officer with a gun shot wound to the lower half of his body. The officer's partner was there and able to attend to the wound until help arrived.

Police on the scene called for helicopter transport but due to the weather and limited visibility, it wasn't possible. The unidentified officer was transported on the ground to Mid Hudson Regional Hospital where he was scheduled for surgery. There has been no update on his condition, nor have any charges been filed against the hunter. Expect more details to surface as more information becomes available.

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