Woman killed by hunter remembered as avid nature lover

Woman killed by hunter remembered as avid nature lover
OSO, Wash. -- Family members on Sunday identified the woman killed by a boy who was hunting as 54-year-old Pamela Almli.

"She just had a heart of gold, she loved people, she loved animals, and she just wanted to help people," said Almli's sister, Gail Blacker.

Almli was hiking with a friend Saturday morning in the area of Sauk Mountain near Rockport when the shooting occurred.

According to the Skagit County Sheriff's office, Almli was stopped on the trail putting something into her backpack when the hunter mistook her for a bear and fired one shot, which killed her.

The hunter is a juvenile from the Concrete area and was accompanied by at least one adult, investigators said.

Officials did not disclose the exact age of the boy who fired the shot, but he is said to be talking with investigators.

Detectives from the Skagit County sheriff's detectives, as well as an officer from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, are investigating the shooting.

Blacker said Almli loved to hike and knew almost every mountain and peak in the area.

"She lived to be out there," Blacker said. "You couldn't keep her in. She'd go in the snow, rain -- it didn't matter."

Almli was passionate about hiking, skiing, kayaking and anything else that took her outdoors, her family said.

Despite the loss of a loved one, Almli's family harbored no malice toward the young hunter who fired the fatal shot.

"We just know that that young boy is a human being, and human beings make mistakes," Blacker said. "He made a mistake.

"(Pamela) was doing what she loved most in the world that's where she would have wanted to be," said Blacker.