An American hunter killed on a Newfoundland hunting trip last week was shot by his wife, police say.

Mark Harshbarger, 43, was shot near the central Newfoundland community of Buchans Junction.

Police said investigators have been told that Harshbarger's wife mistook him for a bear.

The couple's hunting party at the time included their two children and a guide.

RCMP officers are still investigating the incident.