From this story in the LA Times:
_They came from opposite directions, two avid hunters tracking the same wild boar. Neither knew the other was there. So when one noticed a flash of movement in a nearby bush, he fired two quick rounds ˜ adding the other man's name to the grim roll of those killed in pursuit of a deadly pastime. As Italy weighs up the tons of birds, hares and other game bagged over its official five-month hunting season, the country is facing the uncomfortable fact that enthusiasts fatally shot an alarming number of humans as well, at the rate of about one a week.
_Some of the deaths were self-inflicted, accidents caused by the hunters' own weapons. Other victims were fellow hunters mistaken for prey. But bystanders out for a pleasant walk through the woods or a bike ride through the Italian countryside have also been caught in the line of fire. The casualty count has stoked debate over whether such a potentially dangerous sport ought to be more strictly regulated or even outlawed here in a land where about 800,000 residents hold hunting licenses, or 1 in 75 Italians. The number of licenses has declined to its present level from about 2 million a few decades ago as Italy's population becomes more urban.