Published: Oct 04, 2010 3:30 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 04, 2010 12:30 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the face while trying to fight off a skunk.

Thirty-one year-old Daniel McDaniels was at a friend's house Friday when he spotted the skunk. He grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and began loading it with the butt of the rifle on the ground.

Manatee County Sheriff's deputies said McDaniels didn't know the gun already had a round in it when he accidentally tripped the trigger, setting off the gun.

The bullet pierced the fingers of his right hand and entered his left cheek. His injuries are not life-threatening.