Woman Mistaken For Deer And Shot Dead While Walking Her Dogs: Report

These are deer. Not humans. An upstate hunter apparently couldn't tell the difference. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A hunter fatally shot a New York woman after sundown on Wednesday after apparently mistaking her for a deer, local officials said.

The hunter, identified as 34-year-old Thomas Jadlowski, was not charged in the shooting, though he violated state law by hunting after sunset when he killed Rosemary Billquist, 43, who was walking her dogs in a field near the Pennsylvania border around 5:30 p.m.

Jadlowski killed her with a pistol, the Chautauqua County sheriff's office said, according to The Guardian. He apparently claimed that he thought Billquist was a deer when he fired about 200 yards away, according to the New York Post. An investigation is ongoing

After the shot, the hunter heard Billquist's scream and then called 911. She was taken to a hospital in Erie, Penn. where she died.

"Hunters have to understand there are other people using trails, using parks in areas where we as sportsmen hunt," Dale Dunkelberger of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation said, according to The Guardian. "In this case … he shouldn't have been out there hunting after sunset. You're done. That's the law."

The department found that between 2013 and 2016, hunting-related accidents had declined across New York. Last year, there were 13 such accidents in the state compared to the five-year average of 20.2, but four of those incidents involved a death.

Seven of those cases involved self-inflicted wounds.

Billquist's husband, Jamie, took to Facebook Thursday to honor his late wife.

"I know she's touched so many lives with her kindness and would help anyone no matter what," he wrote. "Plz everyone have thanksgiving with your family's and enjoy those moments they are precious."

He added: "I will miss you and love you forever and I know you dancing in heaven with your momma and all of our friends and family that we have lost."