A camper enjoying the wilderness of the Boundary Waters had a painful emergency when he accidentally shot himself in the behind.
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the man was camping in the Angleworm Lake area, north of Ely, when the incident happened at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
He had apparently gone to take a nap in his tent when he removed a loaded, 9mm handgun from his holster near the small of his back and accidentally fired off a round into his butt.
Fortunately, he was found by two other hikers as he walked towards his vehicle, who helped him to the parking area where he was met by an Ely ambulance.
He was then taken to Ely Community Hospital for treatment of what is a non-life-threatening injury.
There are many dangers campers should be aware of when venturing into the woods, but accidentally shooting yourself isn't considered high on this list put together by CampTrip.com.
The website says the most common injuries experienced by campers are typically either caused by extreme weather, snake/insect bites, skin ailments from plants like poison ivy, sprains and fractures from uneven terrain, and open wounds/cuts from falls.
WATE reports that burns from campfires, and water-related injuries are also common when camping.