Italian Hunters Under Fire After Killing 35 ... People
Another 74 injured in hunting accidents
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 4:39 AM CST
Cyclists, mushroom pickers, and people out for walks in the woods have been mistaken for wild boar.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

(Newser) – Hunting season has just finished in Italy and it's been a dangerous few months for boar, birds, hunters—and bystanders. Some 35 people have been killed in hunting accidents since October: 34 hunters and one mushroom picker. Another 13 non-hunters were among the 74 people injured, sparking calls for hunters to lose some of the unusual amount of freedom Italian law allows them, the Guardian reports.

Italian shooting parties are allowed to roam on private property and are permitted to fire anywhere not within 160 feet of a road or 500 feet of a house. The country's tourism minister has introduced a bill to double the distance limits and scrap hunters' right to cross private land. The measures are likely to face strong opposition from Italy's hunting lobby, however, which has plenty of political muscle despite hunting's unpopularity among Italians. A recent poll found just 18% of Italians consider hunting an acceptable pastime.