Researchers are linking northern Minnesota’s rapidly declining moose population with climate change, and preventing the iconic animal’s extinction may prove exceptionally difficult.

A hunter in Norway aiming for a moose hit a man sitting on the toilet in a nearby cabin instead.

According to local media, the bullet whizzed past the animal and struck the wooden wall of the cabin, hitting the man inside in the stomach Thursday.

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The man, in his 70s, was flown to a hospital southeast of Oslo with non-life-threatening injuries, Reuters reported.

The moose escaped unscathed.

Local police questioned the hunter, who said he didn't know there was a cabin nearby.

"The suspect is completely broken and desperate. It isn't an easy situation," police spokesman Paul Horne told the Norwegian newspaper VG.

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Lead investigator Anders Stroemsaether told Norwegian broadcaster NRK the man's wife "does not hold a grudge" against the hunter and was "being taken care of by the police and her family."

The couple was closing up their cabin for the winter when the shooting occurred.

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