Bull Elk

A bull elk scans the horizon. 

Neal Herbert

MOSCOW, Idaho — Authorities say a 60-year-old northern Idaho man is recovering after being shot in the buttocks with a .50-caliber muzzleloader rifle by his hunting partner who mistook him for an elk.

The Latah County Sheriff's Office tells the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that the Moscow man was shot Monday near Dreary by a 72-year-old Potlatch man.

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Officials say the injured man was transported to a hospital and was in stable condition Tuesday.

Names haven't been released.

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